Earlier today we reported how Reading Football Club had sacked manager Nigel Adkins. Now, the side have announced the appointment of a new boss, Steve Clarke. A move that will surely please the Reading faithful.
Nigel Adkins was sacked following a 6-1 decimation by Birmingham City on the weekend. That result left Reading in 16th place in the Championship, taking just 25 points from their opening 21 matches. The decision received mixed reaction from Reading fans, some pleased to see change whilst others felt Adkins had been treated unfairly by the board of the club who failed to back him sufficiently.
The news that Steve Clarke is his replacement though will no doubt appease the sceptics, the 51-year-old vastly experienced in coaching. Clarke represented Scotland as a player with long spells at St Mirren north of the border and Chelsea in London. Clarke would then take on coaching jobs with Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool before being given his first managerial role with West Bromwich Albion in June 2012.
At West Brom Steve Clarke impressed a lot of Premier League fans and became a likeable figure. He took charge of 60 games, winning 19. However he was sacked in December 2013, much to the disappointment of the West Brom support. Now Reading have given him another chance and he seems pleased at the opportunity, saying: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Reading Football Club and I look forward to helping the club move in the right direction… There is real potential here and hopefully exciting times ahead for the supporters.”
Reading fans will now have to back Steve Clarke and his team fully as they aim to climb up the Championship table and head back to the promised land of the Premier League.