BRIAN McDermott has been named as the new Reading FC manager, the News can confirm.

Several contenders have been in the running after Steve Clarke was sacked on December 3.

Under-21s boss Martin Kuhl took over the helm on a temporary basis, but the Royals slumped to two successive defeats, including last night's 2-1 loss away at Hull City.

The club announced the new arrival at a press conference at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon and McDermott takes charge of the club for a second time, after he was sacked by former owner Anton Zingarevich in March 2013.

The former Arsenal player first took over Reading FC in 2010 and guided the Royals to a historic 2-1 away win at Anfield in the FA Cup, courtesy of late goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Shane Long.

McDermott steered the Royals to promotion in the 2011-2012 season, taking them on a remarkable run of 15 wins in the 17 games to finish top of the table.

His third season in charge wasn't as successful and the Royals failed to match the standards of the previous season, and McDermott was dismissed from his duties with the Royals firmly in the Premier League drop zone following four straight defeats.

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