Reading chief executive Nigel Howe is looking forward to appointing a "fresh face with fresh ideas" following the departure of former manager Steve Coppell.
Coppell left his post in the wake of the Royals' play-off semi final defeat to Burnley last week and Howe admits the Championship club now needs to filter down the list of applicants ready for interviews next week.
"There's interest in Reading Football Club from the very highest level," he told the club's official website. "We are perceived as a top-level club with good ideas and therefore we have had a lot of good interest."
He continued: "There's a wider variety interest this time than when we appointed Steve Coppell and by that I mean it's not just British applicants but foreign as well. We are talking to who we can and finding out their ideas as a first port of call. I hope next week we'll start interviewing.
"I think this is the fifth time I've gone through this process. Within 24 hours we'd had plenty of applications some of which I'd seen when we appointed Coppell and plenty of new faces as well of course.
"Steve's departure gives us the opportunity to go with a fresh face with fresh ideas."
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