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Mark Hughes Leads The Way In Next Reading Manager Odds

Would you want the Welshman in charge?

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Mark Hughes is the front runner to replace Jose Gomes as Reading manager.

At the time of writing, the Welshman is the comfortable favourite for the job with odds of 1/2 that are continuing to decrease. Hughes has worked with Royals Sporting Director Mark Bowen at six different clubs in the past and is also advised by Kia Joorabchian.

The Reading Chronicle’s Courtney Friday has reported that talks have begun to get the former Manchester United striker in the Madejski Stadium hotseat. Hughes, 55, has been out of a job since being sacked by Southampton last December with the Saints in the Premier League relegation zone. He has also previously been in charge of Stoke City, QPR, Fulham, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and the Welsh national team.

Other unemployed managers high up on the odds list are Chris Hughton (7/1) and Gary Rowett (11/1), most recently of Brighton & Hove Albion and Stoke City respectively.

If Reading want to go local, Gareth Ainsworth is 10/1 to end his seven year stint at Wycombe Wanderers and move to RG2, while even closer to home is first team coach John O’Shea at 16/1.

Two individuals with past connections to the club are former manager Alan Pardew (12/1) and 391-appearance maker Phil Parkinson (14/1), both of whom are currently without a job.

All odds according to Sky Bet.