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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.”