Reading’s chances of staying in the Premier League have just become even more difficult as the club is looking for a replacement for Brian McDermott, the coach who guided the side to 15 wins in 17 matches to get them promoted last year. Here are five candidates.
Paolo Di Canio
It may not be a favourite with the Reading fans but the feisty Italian is the odds on favourite to replace McDermott. He would certainly give everyone a lift and get people talking about the club, but there would be a major suggestion he could be more trouble than he’s worth.
Roberto Di Matteo
Di Matteo has been out of work since he left his post as Chelsea boss. This would be a more expensive signing for Reading to make but Di Matteo could relish the chance to build something up from the bottom, which is the exact contrast to his last job at Stamford Bridge.
Adkins is perfectly suited to guiding Reading back into the Premier League if they can’t pull off survival this season. Adkins has recent experience of dominating the Championship over a long season and he’s proved he can cut it with the big boys in the Premier League. He’d surely love to try and stick it to the Saints.
Curbishley is a name that gets linked to pretty much every single managerial job which now comes up. He’s spent a long time out of the game so he could be tempted back in but if Reading appoint him, they will effectively be admitting defeat in the Premier League survival race.
Parkinson has made a name for himself this season as the boss of Bradford City. He could relish the chance to make the step up to one of the bigger clubs in England and test his skills at a higher level over a longer period of time. It’s a risk but a cheaper option than any other candidate on this list.
Reading fans, who do you want to see as the new manager?
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