JOSE GOMES has been sacked by Reading after less than ten months in charge of the Championship club.
After replacing Paul Clement with the Royals struggling to avoid relegation midway through the last campaign, the Portuguese coach leaves the side in the bottom three after the weekend loss at Bristol City.
Reading haven't won in the league since August, conceding the first goal in their last eight games.
The shift to a 3-5-2 formation over the summer led to initial success with convincing wins over Cardiff and Huddersfield.
However the Royals have found themselves behind in every game since beating the Terriers and have scored just four goals in seven league games.
Missing the target has been a key problem for Gomes given his inability to get expensive new signings George Puscas and Lucas Joao firing.
Nevertheless, the former Porto assistant coach was popular with large sections of the Madejski Stadium faithful – who dedicated a Portugal Day to him and his backroom staff once relegation was dodged last season.
But the summer outlays have upped expectations among Reading's Chinese owners and Gomes, who has managed in five countries, was dumped on Wednesday afternoon.
A club statement confirmed: "However, following just two wins in the first 11 league games in 2019/20, owner Mr Yongge Dai has made the difficult decision to part company with Gomes and make a change at first team level.
"We would like to sincerely thank José for his hard work during his tenure as manager at Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career."
Mark Hughes is reportedly set to be appointed as the Berkshire side begin life under a new manager for the third time in less than 18 months.
Last seen in charge of Southampton, the 55-year-old was sacked almost a year ago following a disappointing start to the campaign.
New Reading sporting director Mark Bowen has worked with Hughes at Blackburn, Manchester City, Stoke and Southampton.
When asked by BBC Sport last week when Hughes would return to the dugout, the ex-defender remarked: "I don't know where, but I have no doubt when the time is right, Mark will get back in."
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