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Chris Davies Joins Reading FC As First Team Coach

The Brendan Rodgers protégé returns to the club to replace Terry Burton as Brian McDermott's right-hand man.

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After having his Christmas ruined by Reading, Terry Burton has perhaps wisely decided he doesn't also want his 2016 ruined by Reading so has left the club after just a fortnight after being appointed First Team Coach.

In his place comes former Academy product Chris Davies. Davies joins after experiences with Swansea City and Liverpool FC as coach under Brendan Rodgers.

Speaking to the Official Website, Davies said:

"It is great to be back at this special club, but in football there is no time for sentiment, my focus is on helping the team win games and giving my all to the cause.

"There is an excellent manager and squad of players here so I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season."

Manager McDermott added:

"I've known Chris since he was a young player in the Academy at Reading and I was coaching the Under-17s and I have watched his career with much interest.

"He is a Pro Licence coach and he has a vast amount of experience having worked with both Swansea City and Liverpool. I'm absolutely delighted that he's decided to join our coaching staff here at Reading."

The new First Team Coach originally came through the Academy, captaining the various youth sides before injury cut his career short at the age of 19. He then pursued a career in coaching, studying at Loughborough University. After a short stint in New Zealand, he returned to the UK to work under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.

During his time at Swansea, he was part of the coaching staff team who oversaw Swansea promoted and consolidate a Premier League place. He then followed Rodgers to Liverpool, where he saw The Reds almost clinch the title.

The below interview conducted in his Swansea days sees him discuss his role as Head of Analysis and most excitingly for Reading sees a corner that he helped plan result in a goal for The Swans. Yes Reading fans, we may finally have a coach who knows how to score from set pieces!