Clarke to leave Reading for Fulham

HITC Sport understands Fulham are close to appointing Reading boss Steve Clarke as their new manager.

Reading chief Steve Clarke is set to leave the club to join Championship rivals Fulham as their new manager, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson was strong favourite for the Craven Cottage post, but it seems Clarke has made a late bid to land the job ahead of Pearson.

Fulham have been searching for a replacement for Kit Symons who was sacked earlier this month 24 hours after the 5-2 defeat at home to Birmingham.

The West London side are understood to have agreed a compensation package with Reading for Clarke as they see the former Chelsea defender as the man to transform their fortunes.

Fulham have identified bringing in a head coach instead of a manager and it appears Clarke fits the bils

Clarke has a wealth of coaching experience having worked as assistant manager at Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool before taking up his first sole managerial role at West Brom in 2012.

The Scot guided West Brom to to eighth place in the Premier League in his first season in charge before leaving in December 2013.

Clarke returned to management at Reading in December 2014 and led the side to the FA Cup semi-finals last season and helped them avoid relegation from the Championship.

Fulham will be hoping Clarke can inspire the side to a promotion challenge this season after a disappointing campaign last term.

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