Brian McDermott Set for Reading Return

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Brian McDermott is expected to return as manager of Reading Football Club, it has emerged.

The 54-year-old is currently in talks with the Royals to succeed Steve Clarke at the managerial helm, completing a reunion with the side that sacked him nearly three years ago.

Brian McDermott Set for Reading Return

The man responsible for McDermott’s dismissal in 2013, former owner Anton Zingarevich, left the club after it was taken over by a Thai consortium last year.

Since his sacking, McDermott spent just under a year as manager of Leeds United. His reign was cut short, as he became the first of many dismissals orchestrated by controversial owner Massimo Cellino when he took over the Yorkshire club in early 2014.

Arsenal have since hired McDermott as a coach, signing him to a contract until the end of the season. However, it is expected that the Englishman will leave his post with the Gunners to take over from Clarke in Berkshire, signalling his return to the managerial dugout.

Clarke was given permission to hold talks with Fulham regarding their vacant manager’s position last month, but decided to turn the whites down. He was dismissed just a few weeks later following a string of poor results in a bizarre twist, which sees the Scot leave the club sitting eleventh in the Championship table, two points below the play-off positions.

Should McDermott complete his return to the Royals, his first game back in charge could be away at Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.


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