10. Brendan Rodgers
We start this list with a manager who is now competing in the Premier League for a place in Europe’s top football competition, the Champions League, next season, in the form of Brendan Rodgers.
The former defender, who spent a spell with Reading during his playing career, left Watford to take over as manager of the Royals in the summer of 2009, although it was not a spell that would go particularly well for the Northern Irishman.
During his time in charge of Reading, Rodgers would just six of his 23 games in the Royals’ dugout, and left the Madejski Stadium just six months after his appointment, with a points per game average of 1.04, and Reading just outside the Championship relegation zone.