Royals confirm Steve Clarke as manager after Adkins departure
Reading FC have confirmed Steve Clarke as manager of the club on a two-and-a-half year contract.
The 51-year-old, who's worked with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit and Gianfranco Zola as a number two, as has managed Premier League club West Brom, will take charge of Saturday's home game against Watford.
He is set to hold further discussions with the club about additions to his coaching staff.
Adkins was given the sack yesterday (Monday) after a string of disappointing results which culminated in the 6-1 defeat at Birmingham City on Saturday.
A club statement read: "He has a hugely impressive CV that covers all aspects of the game in a career that has taken in more than 1000 matches on and off the pitch: he managed West Bromwich Albion to their highest-ever Premier League points total.
"He was assistant manager to Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, helping win two Premier Leagues, both domestic cups and reaching the final of the Champions League.
"He won the Championship, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, FA Cup and international recognition as a player, and crucially has a proven track record of success in Academy football."
Clarke sees exciting times ahead for the Royals, who currently sit 16th in the Championship.
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Reading Football Club and I look forward to helping the club move in the right direction," he said.
"A big part of the work ahead is on the training ground and I look forward to meeting the players and getting onto the grass with them. There is real potential here and hopefully exciting times ahead for the supporters.”
Co-chairman Sir John Madejski said, “I would like to wholeheartedly welcome Steve to Reading Football Club and wish him every success here. He comes with a CV of the very highest order and I look forward to moving back up the table with him in charge."
Co-chairwoman Lady Sasima Srivikorn said, “We have chosen a leader who can develop our players and help them perform to the best of their ability."