Reading has parted ways with their manager Brian McDermott after just five months in charge of the Championship club.
The 55-year-old returned to the Madeski Stadium back in December for his second spell as the manager of the Royals, but he only managed to win nine of his 30 games in charge and the Berkshire club ended the season finishing 17th.
A club statement read “After careful consideration, the board of Reading Football Club have taken the difficult decision to relieve Manager Brian McDermott of his duties. “
“We would like to sincerely thank Brian for all his hard work since his return to the club in December 2015 and wish him well in his future career. “
“The board of Reading Football Club will now undertake a rigorous recruitment process over the next few weeks to identify the right man to lead this club forward and into the 2016-17 season.
The club will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course.”
Reading will now undertake the process of replacing the former manager in order to identify the former Gunners successor.
Reports say that former Netherlands and ex-Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, who departed as a coach at Ajax, is in the running for the vacant position.