The Bradford City boss is still a hero at the Berkshire club.
The dismissal will come as no surprise and no disappointment to the majority of Reading fans. Despite a good start to this season Clarke was not universally popular at the Madejski Stadium.
Recently his popularity hit an all-time low when he openly pursued the idea of becoming Fulham manager, before turning down the job offer last month.
Reading stuck with him for just two more weeks before deciding the relationship was no longer tenable. Just one win in eight suggested the dressing room was gone anyway and Reading needed to make a change.
So with an unpopular manager on his way out should Reading go full circle and bring in a gaffer who would undoubtedly please the majority of Reading fans. A Royals legend in the form of Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson.
The former Reading midfielder played at the Berkshire club for 11 years and is still revered as the club's greatest ever midfielder.
He has worked wonders with Bradford. He has guided them back to the third tier of English football, the League Cup final in 2013 and perhaps the greatest FA Cup upset of all time last season against Chelsea.
His current deal with Bradford runs until 2018, after signing a new deal in September, so a hefty compensation package would need to be reached.
But Reading would be making a very popular choice if they brought back their former hero in the coming weeks.