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EFL to liaise with Wembley ahead of Royals play-off on Monday - '...safety of fans remains our highest priority'

The English Football League is urging all football supporters planning to go to the play-offs at Wembley next week to be '...vigilant, stay alert and not be alarmed.'

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone associated with the EFL and its 72 Clubs are with all those affected by last night’s terrible events in Manchester.

“The EFL is fully aware of the security issues that football and other sporting events currently face and whilst there have been no specific threats in this country, our Security Advisor will be liaising with Wembley Stadium, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the Metropolitan Police to ensure the arrangements in place provide a safe and secure environment for all supporters attending this weekend’s Play-Off matches.

“The safety of fans remains our highest priority. The EFL takes security issues extremely seriously and we would urge all supporters planning to be at Wembley Stadium to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, stay alert and not be alarmed.”

– English Football League spokesperson

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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
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