Reading coaches exit

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Reading have confirmed that they will not be renewing the contracts of first team coaches Kevin Dillon and Wally Downes.

Dillon became first team coach under former boss Alan Pardew, while Downes joined the Royals in 2004 to link-up with Steve Coppell.

However, following Coppell`s resignation after the Royals` play-off defeat to Burnley on Tuesday, both coaches have left the club.

Director of football Nick Hammond said: "Kevin and Wally have both done a terrific job for Reading Football Club and played an integral part in Steve Coppell's management team."

Chairman John Madejski added, "I'm saddened to see both Kevin and Wally leave, but this is the end of an era and a time for change.

"I will miss Kevin on a personal level because he's a great character who had been with us for a long time, and I wish him every success in the future.

"Wally played a key role in our progress over the last few years; he's a big personality and I'm sure he'll reappear in the footballing fraternity somewhere very soon."

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