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Reading sack manager Steve Clarke

Reading manager Steve Clarke had been sacked Credit: ITV

Steve Clarke, the Reading manager, has been sacked. The club issued a statement this morning.

The board of Reading Football Club have this morning relieved manager Steve Clarke of his duties.

The club met with Steve in person earlier today and we would like to place on permanent record our thanks to him for his hard work and diligence since his appointment in December 2014.

Following Thursday night’s defeat at home to QPR, added to a recent run of poor form which has seen the team pick up just one win in the last eight Sky Bet Championship fixtures, the board feel that a change in manager is now necessary.

During his time in charge of the Royals, Clarke presided over a total of 53 games, winning 19, drawing 14 and losing 20.

As part of this process, Assistant Manager Kevin Keen will also be leaving the club, and we would like to thank him for his efforts.

The board of Reading Football Club are committed to taking this club forward and will immediately begin the recruitment process in search of a new manager.

In the interim period, Under-21s Manager Martin Kuhl will take temporary charge of first team affairs and will lead training at Hogwood Park this morning.

– Reading Football Club

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Reading manager Steve Clarke confirms he WILL stay at club

Reading's manager Steve Clarke confirms he will stay at the club Credit: PA

Reading manager Steve Clarke says he will stay at the club - despite talks yesterday with fellow Championship side Fulham about the vacant manager's position.

In today's press conference - postponed from it's routine slot yesterday - Clarke told us he understands some fans who are disappointed following yesterday's events - but says he hopes they'll get behind the team at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow when the Royals take on Bolton Wanderers.

Name change for Reading's Madejski Stadium?

There has been a mixed reaction from fans to reports that Reading Football Club's Madejski Stadium could be renamed.

An aerial view of the Madejski Stadium in Reading

One of the Thai owners has said she is in talks with several companies to bring in more sponsorship money. The club says there are no immediate plans to change the name which has been in place in since 1998 in tribute to the co-chairman, Sir John Madejski.

Here's what some people in Reading said when we asked for their opinions.

Sir John Madejski, Reading FC co-chairman

Reading fined £100,000 after pitch invasion

Reading Football Club has been fined £100,000 for failing to prevent a pitch invasion at the Madejski Stadium.

Fans invaded the pitch after the Royals FA Cup quarter-final victory over Bradford City in March.

The Football Association charged the club with failing to ensure that no spectators or unauthorised person encroached the pitch. The club challeged the charge, but has now been fined.

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