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Steve Clarke takes over at Reading

Clarke replaces Nigel Adkins as the club's manager. Credit: PA

Championship club Reading have appointed Steve Clarke as their new management.

The former West Brom manager and Chelsea number two replaces Nigel Adkins, who was sacked following a dismal 6-1 defeat against Birmingham.

Clarke said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Reading Football Club and I look forward to helping the club move in the right direction. A big part of the work ahead is on the training ground and I look forward to meeting the players and getting onto the grass with them.

"There is real potential here and hopefully exciting times ahead for the supporters.”

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Reading sack manager Brian McDermott

Reading Football Club have sacked manager Brian McDermott. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Reading Football Club have sacked manager Brian McDermott, a statement on the club's official website confirmed.

The Premier League club's owner, Anton Zingarevich said he felt a change was necessary.

McDermott guided the Royals to the top flight for only the second time in their history last season.

Reading are currently second from bottom in the Barclays Premier League table.