Former Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has revealed his interest in becoming the new manager of Reading following Steve Clarke’s departure yesterday, according to Sky Sports.
Clarke was dismissed from his post at the Madejski Stadium following Thursday night’s 1-0 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers, a result which left the Berkshire club in ninth place in the Championship table.
The 44-year-old was dismissed by Blackburn almost a month ago, being replaced by former Norwich and Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, and feels he still has plenty to offer a Championship club.
When asked if he would be interested in a return to management, specifically Reading, Bowyer told Sky Sports: ‘Of course, I’m looking to get back as soon as possible.
‘Reading are a very good football club, it has a lot of history and the job would appeal to a lot of people because of its tradition.
‘I’ve already got managerial experience in the Championship, two and a half years, so if the right opportunity comes along you’ve got to be putting yourself forward. I’ve dusted myself down and tried to do some reflecting on what went well for me personally as a manager.’
During his year in charge, Clarke guided Reading away from relegation trouble and to an FA Cup semi-final, where they were narrowly beaten by Arsenal, who went on to lift the trophy at Wembley.
The Scotsman insisted that his decision to hold talks last month with Fulham over their vacancy had not affected the players and, although Reading have won only one of their last eight league matches, Bowyer was somewhat surprised to see the Scot to lose his job so early in the campaign.
He said: ‘I was surprised to see that had happened. But when you consider the number of managers who have lost their jobs this season, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Football is a brutal industry.’
Bowyer is currently in Spain to watch both Athletic Bilbao versus Malaga and Real Sociedad against Eibar, which may suggest that the coach is open to a move to Spanish football in the future.
The Royals looked primed for a promotion push after a fine start to this season, but their recent slump has seen them slip to ninth which forced the Reading board to show Clarke the door.
It remains to be seen who will take over the reins at the Madejski Stadium, but whoever gets the job will have a tough task in reinstalling the confidence back into a side who have lost three of their last four league games.
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