Guardian sport on 6 December 2018
Reading have confirmed the sacking of Paul Clement as manager after a poor start to the season.
Clement, who was appointed in March and helped Reading escape relegation from the Championship last season, has led his team to just four wins from 20 matches this campaign to leave the club just above the relegation zone.
“Owners Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai have made the difficult decision that the time is now right to make a change,” read a statement on the club’s website on Thursday.
“We would like to thank Paul for his hard work during his time as manager of Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours. CEO Nigel Howe will now seek to swiftly identify and appoint a new manager who will fit the Reading mould, build a team which can deliver performances and results that will help us climb the Championship table and lead the club towards promotion in the future.
“The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible.”
Clement, 46, signed a three-year deal when the former Derby and Swansea manager replaced Jaap Stam in March. He becomes the 19th manager in England’s top four divisions to leave his post this season.