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Boss Brendan Rodgers leaves Reading by mutual consent

Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers enjoyed a successful spell on Chelsea's coaching staff

Reading manager Brendan Rodgers has left the club by mutual consent after just over six months in charge.

Rodgers, 36, managed five league wins during his tenure at the Madejski Stadium, winning just once at home.

The results have left the Berkshire side lying just one place clear of the relegation zone in the Championship.

A statement said the club will make "no further comment at this stage" although they later revealed chief scout Brian McDermott will take temporary charge.

Rodgers was appointed Watford boss in November 2008 after a personal recommendation from Jose Mourinho, under whom he worked as a coach at Chelsea.

He impressed at Vicarage Road but stayed for only seven months before leaving for Reading in June to replace Steve Coppell.

The two clubs agreed a £500,000 compensation package for the highly-rated manager, but he struggled at his new club.


Reading managed an average of just a point a game, and on Saturday, Rodgers saw his side concede a late equaliser against fellow strugglers Scunthorpe.

Rodgers, from Northern Ireland, had previously managed Reading's youth team during the 1990s before working with Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

He took over at the Madejski Stadium after Coppell resigned from the club after failing to win promotion from the Championship last season.

On Thursday the club confirmed that Frank Lampard Sr, who had been working as a football consultant, and first-team coach Dean Austin had also left.

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