McDermott SACKED by Reading with strugglers four points adrift of Premier League safety
17:32 GMT, 11 March 2013
17:50 GMT, 11 March 2013
Brian McDermott has been sacked as Reading fight to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
The Royals suffered a demoralising 2-1 home defeat against drop rivals Aston Villa on Saturday to push them deeper into trouble.
And McDermott has paid the price as they bid to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
Roberto Di Matteo and Paolo Di Canio are among the early frontrunners to take the post.
*Scroll down to watch highlights of McDermott's final match in charge
Sacked: McDermott guided Reading to the npower Championship title last season
The bottom six of the Premier League
A statement from Reading read: 'Reading Football Club has announced today the departure of Manager Brian McDermott.
'Owner Anton Zingarevich wishes to place on record his thanks to Brian who had achieved great success with the club since taking over as Manager in December 2009.
'Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season. However, in our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary.
Struggling: Reading have lost five games in a row in all competitions
Ruthless: Zingarevich (left) showed no quarter in sacking McDermott
'The search for a successor will start immediately and it is hoped that a new Manager will be in place as soon as possible to lead the fight against potential relegation.'
Reading are four points from safety with nine matches remaining to secure their top-flight status.
McDermott took Reading up last season as champions but they have struggled to make an impact in the Premier League.
Russian owner Anton Zingarevich has
now acted to save their season – with the new manager set to start with
an away match against title favourites Manchester United on Saturday.
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