Mark Bowen is set to leave his post as Reading manager and step up to become the club’s director of football, Football Insider understands.

The 56-year-old initially joined the Royals as a technical consultant in March 2019 and was named the sporting director in August before taking over as manager from Jose Gomes less than two months later.

However, a source at the Madjeski Stadium has told Football Insider that the former Wales international is set to be replaced in the dugout to take over a new senior role overseeing the club’s footballing activity.

Bowen, who finished his playing career with Reading back in 2000, has spent most of his coaching career as an assistant manager, with spells under the likes of Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes.

The Royals’ job was his first senior manager’s position and he oversaw of a total of 40 games last season as the club finished 14th in the Championship table.

He made a bright start to his time in the dugout, with just three defeats and eight wins from his opening 15 games in charge.

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However, Reading had an indifferent end to the 2019/20 campaign with just two wins and five defeats from their final nine matches following the league restart.

Blackpool manager and Reading boss Mark Bowen laugh

Bowen is now set to step aside from the manager’s role and take on a full-time position as the club’s director of football where he will help oversee aspects such as recruitment.

The Royals have already brought in attacking midfielder Josh Laurent on a free transfer after he left Shrewsbury this summer.

In other Reading news, it can be revealed a player who has recently left the club is being targeted by Nottingham Forest.