Championship side Reading have sacked manager Steve Clarke right after a year in charge of the club.
His departure follows Thursday’s 1- property defeat by QPR and comes just two weeks right after he held talks with Fulham over their managerial vacancy.
Reading’s board of directors met with Clarke in person early on Friday to confirm their decision to dismiss him.
Assistant manager Kevin Keen also departs, with under-21s manager Martin Kuhl taking charge on an interim basis.
Former West Bromwich Albion head coach Clarke was appointed Reading manager in December 2014 and led the club to an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in April.
Evaluation – Tim Dellor, BBC Radio Berkshire
“Right after the flirtation with Fulham a fortnight ago, Steve Clarke’s departure seemed inevitable. Several fans said he was a dead man walking considering that then.
“In truth, Clarke’s troubles began extended prior to that sorry episode. Only 13 wins in 44 league games was in no way going to be sufficient to preserve the ambitious Reading board happy.”
He leaves Reading ninth in the Championship following a run of just one win in eight games.
Throughout his time in charge, Clarke won 19 of his 53 games, drawing 14 and losing 20.
Speaking soon after the defeat by QPR on Thursday, he denied being unsettled by the reaction of supporters following his selection to speak to Fulham.
“I understand the supporters are disappointed that we’re not winning matches,” he stated.
“If supporters direct anger at me, it indicates they’re not directing at the players, so that’s fine.
“In football factors can go against you occasionally. I can’t comment on everyone’s opinion.”