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Brendan Rodgers has been confirmed as the new manager of Reading having quit Watford for their Championship rivals.

Rodgers was only appointed Watford boss in November of last year having previously managed Chelsea's reserve team.

Reading have been on the lookout for a new manager following Steve Coppell's resignation at the end of the season, after his failure to guide the Royals to an immediate top flight return.

A club statement on Watford's website from Hornets chairman Jimmy Russo read: "Following speculation over the Reading vacancy I had spoken to Brendan only last week and he had assured me that he was 100 per cent committed to Watford FC and our plan for the future.

"Once Brendan had confirmed his desire to discuss the opportunity and Reading had met a contractual compensation figure, we were powerless to prevent him doing so.

"I then spent up until Monday evening negotiating with Reading a vastly improved compensation package, starting at £500,000 and potentially rising to £1m.

"We also had a frank and open conversation with the manager on Monday afternoon to further understand his position. It was at this stage he strongly reinforced his desire to talk to Reading.


"The club is disappointed and saddened to lose Rodgers after he joined in November 2008 from Chelsea on a 12-month rolling contract.

"The new-look board at Vicarage Road has been open and honest with Rodgers about the club's financial position following the end of Watford's parachute payments.

"The board had been working with Rodgers for several months on the club's five-year plan and vision for the future, which brings stability allied with what it believes will be a competitive team in line with the current strong and proven recruitment process.

"Watford is going through a transitional phase, as all clubs do when they come out of the Premiership, but everyone at Vicarage Road was looking forward to the new season, following the encouraging start made to managerial life by Rodgers.

Bright prospect

"Following the departure of Rodgers as manager, the board remain strongly optimistic for the future and will meet to discuss the options available moving forward."

In his short time at the Watford helm Rodgers impressed in steering the club to Championship safety, after taking over from Adrian Boothroyd, guiding his side from 21st to 13th place in the table.

Earlier in his career the highly-rated tactician spent eight years on Reading's coaching staff.

Malkay Makay has been mooted as an early contender for the vacant managerial position at Watford.


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haha they aren't a happy bunch this was an admin that posted this- Reading FC offered us £8.50, (rising to a tenner if we can get to 2000 users), to become their new official forum. Sod it, we've got no morals so had no choice but to jump ship asap. Bye.


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