12 Mar 2013

Reading sack manager

7:20 am on 12 March 2013

Reading have sacked manager Brian McDermott after a difficult first season back in the English Premier football League.

McDermott took over in December 2009.

Reading, who won promotion to the Premier League for the second time in their history last season, have struggled to kick on and lie second-bottom of the standings and four points from safety after 29 games.

Reading's decision to part company with McDermott took the number of top-flight managers to lose their jobs this season to four. Mark Hughes (Queens Park Rangers), Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea) and Nigel Adkins (Southampton) were also sacked.

Reading have started the search for a replacement.