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CONFIRMED: Brian McDermott Appointed Reading FC Manager

Reading have confirmed Brian McDermott as the club's new manager, replacing Steve Clarke who was sacked earlier this month.

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He's back!

Less than three years after being shown the door by Anton Zingarevich, Brian McDermott has returned for a second spell in charge of Reading. McDermott has signed a two and a half-year deal.

During his first spell in charge the club reached a play-off final, two FA Cup Quarter-Finals and took the Championship title but things turned sour in the top division and McDermott paid for the club's struggles with his job as relegation was all but confirmed with a home defeat to Aston Villa in March 2013.

He quickly got back into management with Leeds but as with just about any manager walking into Elland Road, his tenure was a brief and turbulent one. Since then he's been back working with old club Arsenal as a scout while also doing the odd bit of media.

Now he's back in the hot seat and while his appointment may not please every fan, it gives us something to rally around at a time when the club's fortunes on the pitch have been fairly miserable.

So welcome back Brian!

We'll have plenty more opinion and analysis on his appointment in the coming hours and days here on The Tilehurst End.