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Graeme Murty has lost out on the Reading job to Paul Clement.

Following yesterday’s sacking of Jaap Stam the Ibrox caretaker was briefly linked with the vacancy at the Championship side.

That turned out to be less than a 24 hour wonder with Reading chief Ron Gourlay delighted to bring in the former Swansea boss.

He told the club website: “I am delighted to have secured the services of a hugely experienced forward-thinking manager like Paul, who I have personally worked alongside during our time spent at Chelsea.

“Not only has he coached at some of the greatest clubs in Europe, winning trophies, league titles and European honours and working with some of the greatest players in the world, fundamentally he also has a rich understanding of English football having managed in both the Championship and the Premier League in recent years.

“Now, everyone at Reading Football Club is fully behind Paul and his squad of players as, together, we initially set our sights on an eight-game battle and continue to strive to the take this club forward.”

After losing to Celtic and Kilmarnock Murty has been subjected to non-stop criticism of his team and approach to management.

Former Ibrox players and even Walter Smith have been questioning whether the former Reading utility player was suitable to get the job beyond the end of the season.

Next Saturday Sevco travel to face Motherwell in a match that they have to win if they are to hold on to second place in the Premiership.

Any slip ups before the Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic on April 15 will ramp up the pressure with a losing Ibrox manager unlikely to find any support in the media.

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