Reading supporters have taken to social networking site Twitter to demand that manager Steve Clarke must be fired following their 1-0 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Thursday evening.
Nick Blackman was scoring goals for fun, the team was playing a dynamic style of football, and back-to-back victories over promotion favourites Middlesbrough and Burnley set the tone.
However, the situation at Reading quickly changed when Fulham dismissed Kit Symons last month.
Clarke, in a shock turn of events, looked all but set to take over at Craven Cottage after holding talks with Fulham but instead opted to stay with Reading, as reported by Get Reading.
It was a bold move by the former Liverpool assistant manager, and one which hasn’t gone down well with the fans.
Would Clarke leave Reading the moment a better job comes along? It’s a popular belief among supporters at the Madejski Stadium that he would, and such confusion could easily have an impact on the players.
Since that four-game winning streak which lifted the club to second, Reading have won just one of their last eight and back-to-back defeats to Nottingham Forest and QPR have made a mark.
Their performance against the Hoops on Thursday night was desperately poor as they failed to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
QPR’s winner came virtue of an Ali Al-Habsi gaffe in the closing minutes and the full-time whistle was met with boos around the stadium and real discontent among supporters.
Clarke’s recent behaviour has made a rod for his own back and Twitter users displayed their displeasure after the game with the popular hashtag #Clarkeout trending in Berkshire.
#ClarkeOut he doesn't look interested, players don't look interested anymore!!— Daniel Skelcher (@skelcher1991) December 3, 2015
@willow1871 clarke out Pearson in. Bottom half team at best at the moment— steven lewendon (@lewie74) December 3, 2015