Di Canio in Reading talks

Former West Ham forward and Swindon Town manager Paulo Di Canio is in talks to take over at Premier League strugglers Reading, the Daily Mirror has reported, after the Royals sacked manager Brian McDermott on Monday.

McDermott was sacked days after Reading lost at home to fellow relegation strugglers Aston Villa, the Madejski Stadium side’s fourth straight defeat. The loss leaves Reading second bottom of the division, above Queens Park Rangers only on goals scored.

Di Canio watched Reading’s defeat to Aston Villa from the stands and left League One Swindon last month, having taken the Robins to promotion to the third tier last season. A West Ham icon, Di Canio has been talked about as a future manager of the Upton Park club, the Mirror adds.

Steve Coppell, the former Reading manager now director of football at Crawley Town, and Alan Curbishley, previously of West Ham and Charlton, are two of the other names the newspaper suggests are in the frame for the vacancy, along with ex-Southampton boss Nigel Adkins and Mark Hughes, most recently of QPR.

McDermott last season led Reading to promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, only the second time the Berkshire club has been in the top flight. A long-serving scout and coach, he was appointed manager in 2009 and was named the Premier League manager of the month for January.

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