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Reading manager set to be replaced – leaving fans shocked

Reports have emerged on Tuesday morning, claiming that Reading manager Mark Bowen is set to be replaced – leaving their fans shocked and annoyed.

It comes after former chief executive Nigel Howe was removed from his position and replaced by Dayong Pang on Monday evening.

There is a strong possibility Bowen will also be removed from his role and revert to a position on the club’s board.

It was in March 2019 that Bowen came into the club as a technical director, before being promoted to sporting director last August.

He then replaced manager Jose Gomes last October, despite taking interviews with other candidates for the job, and went on to guide the club to a 14th place finish in the Championship table.

However, with the new season just around the corner, Bowen is now likely to become the Royals’ sporting director for a second time with a new manager in the hotseat at Madejski Stadium.

According to Berkshire Live, an announcement is expected by the club sooner rather than later.

A statement from the club said it was part of an ‘ongoing strategic review’.

Reading’s first league game of the season will be at Derby County on Saturday the 12th of September.

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Reading statement on Nigel Howe stepping away from his CEO role, read: As part of an ongoing strategic review, Reading Football Club can announce that Nigel Howe has left his position as Chief Executive with immediate effect in a fresh new start ahead of the launch of our 2020-21 campaign.

“Howe will return to his previous position as Vice-Chairman and resume responsibility for the property side of the business incorporating into his role the completion of the development of our new state-of-the-art training facility, Bearwood Park, and the future plans for the site at Hogwood Park. He will also continue in his role as a member of the EFL board.

“Mr Dayong Pang, who has worked closely with Mr Dai for a number of years, will now step up to assume the role of Chief Executive.

“Owner Mr Dai Yongge would like to thank Nigel for his hard work in his capacity as CEO and looks forward to his continued contribution to the club and its owners moving forward. He would also like to wish Mr Dayong Pang every success in this new and important role.

“A new season is nearly upon us and we embrace change ahead of our 2020-21 campaign, as we collectively strive to take this club forward in its ultimate aim to challenge for a return to top flight football.”

As mentioned, after reading that the Reading manager is set to be replaced, the story is leaving fans shocked on Twitter…

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