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Reading sack manager Paul Clement

Reading have sacked Paul Clement following a poor run of form that has seen the club win only five of their first 22 games this season.

In a statement released the club announced Clement had left as manager "with immediate effect". The former Chelsea assistant manager had been in charge for less than nine months.

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Reading Football Club can announce that Paul Clement has left his position as manager of the club with immediate effect.

Clement was appointed towards the end of March and earned two victories and a final day draw in Cardiff which proved enough to secure the club its Championship status at the end of a challenging 2017-18 campaign.

However, following five wins in the first 22 league and cup matches of 2018-19, owners Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai have made the difficult decision that the time is now right to make a change.We would like to thank Paul for his hard work during his time as manager of Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.

CEO Nigel Howe will now seek to swiftly identify and appoint a new manager who will fit the Reading mould, build a team which can deliver performances and results that will help us climb the Championship table and lead the club towards promotion in the future.

The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible."

– Reading Football Club

Reading fans have taken to social media to share their views on Clement's departure.

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