Exclusive: 55-yr-old in talks to become new Reading manager

Mark Hughes is in talks to become the new Reading manager, Football Insider understands.

The Championship club have decided to dismiss Jose Gomes 10 months after he was appointed.

A Reading source has told Football Insider that the club are set to announce Gomes’ departure later today following a wretched run of results.

The Berkshire outfit have already started the process of securing a replacement for the Portugese and hope to have the new man in place by the end of the international break.

The source explained that discussions are underway with Hughes, 55, who has been out of work since being sacked by Southampton last December.

The former striker has an extensive managerial CV that began in 1999 with a five-year spell at Wales and has been followed by posts at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke City and Southampton.

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Gomes is set for the sack after Reading picked up just two wins in their first 11 Championship matches this season.

They are currently third from bottom, two places above Hughes’ former club Stoke.

Hughes’s old assistant Mark Bowen is already at the Madejski Stadium, where he works as a director of football.

Gomes was appointed last December and guided Reading to a 20th-place finish in 2018/19.

He is now set to be the third managerial departure at the club in the space of 19 months, following Jaap Stam and Paul Clement.

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