Reading took measures into their own hands on Monday and sacked manager Brian McDermott following what can only be described as a dismal run in form.

Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa was their fourth in a row and has cast them four points adrift of safety after only five wins all season.

Owner Anton Zingarevich will start his search for McDermott’s successor come Tuesday, who will take up the Reading gauntlet and attempt to steer them to survival?

Here are five out of work candidates who will be chomping at the bit for a return to football.

Paolo di Canio

The former Swindon Town boss was a huge success in League Two and League One having guided the Robins to promotion in his first season in charge.

Having resigned this season over trust issues with the board, the popular Italian left the club in a respectable sixth place.

No doubt there will be questions over the jump in quality, but there have been signs that he is not scared of a challenge, confrontation or big egos.

Many see him as the leading favourite, especially after being spotted at the game with Aston Villa. 

Nigel Adkins

Having guided Southampton into the Premier League in the same season as Reading none will be more aware of the challenge faced than this man. 

Adkins was surprisingly sacked by The Saints board with the club above Reading and playing good football.

Not only this, but Adkins had led his side to successive promotions from League One up to the Premier League, not an easy task by any means.

Adkins would also have a man at his disposal similar to Rickie Lambert at Southampton: Adam Le Fondre.

Having played his way through the tiers of English football may bring the best out of the experienced hit man much like Lambert.

Mark Hughes

Sparky will most certainly still be licking his wounds after his traumatic spell in charge of Queens Park Rangers.

Having seen his tenure ended early twice in a row (he was also dismissed from his seat at Manchester City before QPR) he will be eager to restore his reputation as a manager.

When he has got it right, as we saw at Blackburn, he can transform teams into well organised units who are very hard to beat.

Unfortunately for the Welshman there are other candidates that my come before him on Readings wanted list.

Roberto Di Matteo

This man’s CV will stand out from anyone else’s.

Having won the Champions League with Chelsea last season he will look a very attractive option for Reading and their fans.

Surely there will be no doubt that RDM would love to prove to a certain Russian billionaire that he can manage in the one of the world’s best leagues.

The question remains however, is he willing to take what the majority will see as a drop in class?

Only time will tell, and as we have learnt in the past, football is full of surprises.

Steve McClaren

The infamous Dutch accent, ‘Umbrella wolly’ himself.

McClaren enjoyed his time in England with Middlesbrough, even guiding them to the UEFA cup final before the disastrous spell as England manager.

However he did dust himself off to take charge of FC Twente to great effect, guiding them to the Dutch title for the first time in their history.

While his return to the Eredivisie side ended prematurely, he may be willing to try his hand in England once more.


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