Just five months after he returned to the Madejski Stadium, Brian McDermott has been sacked by Reading.
The 55-year-old won nine of his 30 games in charge of the Royals and guided the club to a disappointing 17th placed finish this season.
McDermott’s side lost six of their final seven league games as they appeared to run out of momentum at the end of the campaign.
A statement on Reading’s official club website read, “After careful consideration, the board of Reading Football Club have taken the difficult decision to relieve Manager Brian McDermott of his duties.
We would like to sincerely thank Brian for all his hard work since his return to the club in December 2015 and wish him well in his future career.
The board of Reading Football Club will now undertake a rigorous recruitment process over the next few weeks to identify the right man to lead this club forward and into the 2016-17 season.”
After the news was broken this morning it has been rumored that Reading may have entered talks with former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam.