Following a 2-1 defeat to fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa on Saturday, Reading have this evening announced that manager Brian McDermott has been sacked.
The defeat against Villa was their fourth consecutive loss in the league, and leaves them four points adrift of safety. Despite taking an early lead from a bizarre Nathan Baker own goal, the Royals found themselves behind before the break following a quick equaliser from Christian Benteke, and on the stroke of half-time, Gabriel Agbonlahor hammered home a fierce strike following some questionable defending from the home side.
Despite a resurgent spell during 2013, which saw the Berkshire side go on a run of four successive wins in all competitions, their latest defeat sees them buried deep in the relegation zone.
And, with a good win for QPR against Sunderland on Saturday as well, they are now on the same points tally as the Hoops with 23.
A statement from Reading read: "In our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary."
McDermott led Reading back into the top flight of English Football for only the second time in the history of the club with a remarkable end to the Championship season last term.
A run of 15 wins from 19 games saw them achieve promotion from the second-tier once again, and McDermott was highly praised for their run to the title.
But, despite the success last season, Reading have struggled to assert themselves this season and even some late heroics from their players has not been enough to keep them from being in and around the danger zone since the start of the campaign.
Reading will now look for a manager who can achieve their goal of survival in the Premier League - something they so desperately want and need with the huge financial benefits that come next season.
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