Brian McDermott has been appointed as the new Reading FC manager and will make a surprise return to the club after being sacked in 2013, a club insider from the Berkshire club has confirmed to Football League World.
McDermott had a 13-year association with the club – where he worked his way from scout to manager and led them to the Premier League.
He was in charge of the first team for three years and was sacked following four defeats in a row by former owner Anton Zingarevich in March 2013.
McDermott has since had an unsuccessful spell with Leeds United and went on to be Arsenal’s chief scout, where he helped the Gunners with player recruitment.
The Royals have been linked with several reputable names such as Nigel Pearson, Phil Parkinson and even Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.
After talks with the club, McDermott was chosen as the ideal candidate to replace Steve Clarke, who was dismissed five days ago, after their 1-0 loss to QPR.
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