Manchester United icon Paul Ince has been sacked by Reading. His sacking follows a poor run of form that has seen the club struggle through eight games without a win.
The losing run included the club’s 2-1 defeat at Preston North End on Easter Monday.
A forgettable Easter Monday scoreline left Reading 22nd in the Championship.
Ince has stepped down from the managerial role, with Noel Hunt appointed as interim manager (per The Mirror).
When it rains, it pours
The 55-year-old’s resignation comes seven days after Reading received a six-point conviction for breaching financial rules.
The former United midfielder and England international has been at the club for over a year.
His spell at the Premier League Stadium came eight years after he left Blackpool.
The exit is confirmed
Reading released the following statement.
“Reading Football Club can confirm that the contract of First Team Coach Paul Ince has been terminated with immediate effect.
“Ince was appointed on an interim basis in February 2022 along with assistant Alex Rae and, alongside the likes of academy manager Michael Gilks and under-18 manager Michele Lagertwood in the dugout, has done an impressive job of rescuing the club from relegation danger last season, winning four of their last 14 games.
“He took over permanently in the summer and helped put together a new squad on a much-reduced wage budget in the face of tight transfer restrictions – and the season started brightly, winning five of our first seven home games.
“However, after eight games without a win and struggling to fight back following last week’s six-point deficit, owner Mr Dae Yongge has decided a change is needed. Assistant manager Alex Ream has left the club.
“Our under-21 manager and former Royals striker Noel Hunt has been installed as interim first-team manager until the end of the year.”
“Director of player development Eddie Niedzwicki will be his assistant manager alongside first-team coach James Oliver-Pearce – a management team that will take home the pit for the first time as we host league leaders Burnley at the chosen Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday.”
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