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Reading part company with manager Steve Clarke

4 December 2015

Reading have relieved Steve Clarke of his managerial duties at the club.

The decision comes less than 24 hours after the Royals' 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at the Madejski Stadium, which was their second loss on the spin. 

Clarke took over in December 2014, and won 19, drew 14 and lost 20 of his games in charge. 

A club statement read: "The club met with Steve in person earlier today and we would like to place on permanent record our thanks to him for his hard work and diligence since his appointment in December 2014. 

"Following Thursday night’s defeat at home to QPR, added to a recent run of poor form which has seen the team pick up just one win in the last eight Sky Bet Championship fixtures, the board feel that a change in manager is now necessary."

Under-21 manager Martin Kuhl will take temporary charge of the first team. 

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