Reading caretaker manager Kevin Dillon urged the club's board to make a speedy decision in their search for a new manager.
Dillon guided Reading to victory at Oxford
Dillon guided the Royals to a 3-1 Carling Cup success at Oxford, his fourth game in charge following the resignation of Alan Pardew.
And the former Newcastle, Birmingham and Portsmouth midfielder, who is chasing the job on a full-time basis, wants Royals chairman John Madejski to decide over Pardew's successor.
decision needs to be made sooner rather than later because it's all very
unsettling for the players," Dillon said.
Dillon has been interviewed for the job, along with former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams.
Hull boss Peter Taylor declined the offer of an interview but Brighton manager Steve Coppell and Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore are believed to be in the running, along with sacked Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle, who lives near Reading.
Reading's comfortable win over Oxford did Dillon's cause little harm, but he admitted: "We should have scored more goals. We missed more than we scored.
"We set ourselves certain targets for the game about shots and
crosses, and preventing them getting corners and shots on target, and we blew
them all out of the water.
"The players were all magnificent, though I was disappointed that we even
conceded a goal. There was no need to because we were quite comfortable.
"But we kept the crowd quiet until Oxford scored and that was good."
Oxford boss Ian Atkins conceded his Third Division side had been outgunned by the Division One high-fliers.
"The gulf was there for everybody to see,
and it was at its biggest around the penalty areas," he said.
"Nicky Forster was as sharp as any striker I've seen this season. In the Third
Division you just don't come up against quality like that.
"Reading had more of a cutting edge than we did but I know we've given them a
"It just disappointed me that when we had hold of the ball up front we gave
it away too cheaply."