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Arsenal Legend Linked To Vacant Reading Post

Dennis Bergkamp might take over at the Madejski Stadium. Might.

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How's this for a rumour straight out of left field: Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is on the Thai owner's shortlist to succeed Steve Clarke as Reading FC manager.

The Mirror report:

Bergkamp, 46, is one of the names in the frame to succeed Clarke as Reading consider trying to lure a foreign and big-name manager to the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals first assessed Bergkamp's credentials when they were on the hunt for a new boss a year ago after sacking Nigel Adkins, but instead opted for Clarke.

Bergkamp retired in 2006 after an illustrious career which saw him become a true Gunners legend.

The report continues:

He has worked with Holland's B-team and Ajax's youth sides.

Bergkamp was promoted to the assistant manager position at his former club Ajax in 2011 but is keen to eventually become a manager in his own right.

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GetReading reporter Charles Watts, a recognised Gunners fan, must be wetting himself with excitement at this rumour. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely.

Why would a football icon leave an historic club like Ajax to take over a rickety Reading side?

More to the point, would Reading fans really want another manager take the helm with little or no prior experience in first team management? Or is the name and prior enough?

It's a dream. And a far-fetched dream at that. Sorry, Charles.