Brian McDermott had been Reading's coach since 2009.
Brian McDermott had been Reading's coach since 2009.
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Reading has fired manager Brian McDermott in an attempt to keep the team in the Premier League.

Reading (5-16-8) is next-to-last in the 20-team league with nine games left, four points from escaping the relegation zone and ahead of last-place Queens Park Rangers on total goals.

"In our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary,'' Reading said in a statement Monday.

The 51-year-old McDermott had been in charge since 2009 and took the team into the top division for only the second time in its 142-year history.

Reading's next two games are against first-place Manchester United (23-3-2) and fifth-place Arsenal (13-7-8).

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