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Reading appoint former Swansea boss Paul Clement as new manager after Jaap Staam sacking


Reading appointed Paul Clement as their new boss yesterday and the former Swansea manager wasted no time in declaring that his experience with the Welsh club will be put to good use in Berkshire.

“It’s a great opportunity at a club I’ve always respected in my years in coaching,” he said.

The man who shot to prominence as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, oversaw a dramatic turnaround in fortunes. Two away wins in his first three games in charge – including one at Anfield – is the sort of impact Reading hope to see.

“This is a club that’s always been competitive at this level,” he said. “The ambition in the immediate term is to secure the club in the Championship.

“Beyond that, there’s a lot of ambition to take this club back into the Premier League after it came so close last season. My ambition is to coach at that level again.

“But, the focus has to be on the next eight games.”


His first game in charge of the Royals is sure to an emotionally-charged affair for Clement. Queens Park Rangers are the visitors to the Madejski Stadium, and Clement’s late father Dave, was an accomplished servant of the club, making over 500 appearances for the R’s between 1965 and 1979.

Reading reacted quickly to the departure of Jaap Stam as coach, bringing Clement in within 48 hours of the Dutchman’s dismissal. Clement himself was in California and cut short a holiday to return to action.

The international break affords him some time to familiarise himself with the squad and he is under no illusions about Reading’s situation. The former PE teacher knows the club needs to pull together and that includes the fans.

With the relegation battle proving more unpredictable as the promotion race, Clement will need all the help he can get to reach safety.

Official: Reading announce sacking of manager Jaap Stam after one win in 18 games

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Faced with a run of one win in the last 18 games, Reading sacked Jaap Stam today, as per a report from The Telegraph.

The official statement from the Royals said, “Reading Football Club announce that Jaap Stam has left his position as manager of the club with immediate effect.

“Majority shareholders, Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai, had wanted to give Jaap every opportunity to turn around what has been a difficult and challenging Championship campaign.

“Jaap has not wavered in the time, effort and sheer determination he has put in to try to steer the team away from the position we find ourselves in. However, after careful consideration, the decision has been made that a change is now necessary.

“We would like to thank Jaap for his hard work and commitment to the club, in particular noting what he achieved in a memorable first season in club management, and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.”

Stam took Reading to the play-off final last season where only a missed penalty kick prevented them from returning to the Premier League.


However, this season, the Royals tumbled toward relegation. With games fast running out and the club sitting just three points above the bottom three, the board decided to act.

Football is littered with teams which respond positively to a change at the helm, and Reading’s owners are hoping for that to happen in this instance.

The net will be cast far and wide in the search for a replacement, with bookmakers immediately installed former Swansea City boss Paul Clement as favourite.

There are plenty of experienced unemployed coaches in the mix, with former England coach Steve McLaren high on the list alongside ex-Watford coach Marco Silva.

Reading’s situation requires experience of the Championship and the fans hope, a seasoned winner in relegation battles.

Some like Mark Warburton, formerly of Brentford and Nottingham Forest, ticks the boxes while Nigel Pearson, who led Leicester to the Premier League, is a more traditional football man. Dubious incidents with the media may preclude his appointment.

Will Reading’s owners follow that well-trodden path or take an alternative route, making a hipster appointment in Graham Potter whose Ostersunds side won at Arsenal recently.

Whoever takes over, the club needs an immediate turnaround in results or next season will be spent in League One.