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Steve Clarke exclusive in today's programme

19 December 2014

Pick up a copy for £3

Today's edition of the club’s official matchday programme ‘The Royal’ focuses on the appointment of Steve Clarke as our new manager.

Having put pen to paper on his two and-a-half year contract on Tuesday afternoon, the former West Bromwich Albion boss held his first training session along with a number of first-team meetings on Thursday.

And this season's 12th edition of the Royal allocates it’s main interview space to the new gaffer, and his career to date. The picture-led piece traces Clarke back to his playing days with Chelsea and St Mirren before then visiting the beginning of his hugely-successful coaching career.

Starting as a youth coach at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho named Clarke as his assistant manager in 2004 and the spell would yield two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup. 

Clarke then moved on to West Ham, and then Liverpool, before taking his first managerial role at West Brom in 2012. He guided the Baggies to their highest ever Premier League finish in his first season in charge, and will hope to replicate that in the coming years at the Madejski Stadium.

Elsewhere in the Royal, club captain Jem Karacan is delighted to have some positive news on the injury front, while also taking time to talk about the club’s annual hospital visit, which took place on Tuesday afternoon.

Sir John Madejski explains why he is so pleased that Clarke has decided to join Reading and, as always, Saturday’s opponents Watford are profiled in the visitors’ section.

Perfectly bound and priced at just £3, The Royal will prove an excellent purchase for anyone that decides to buy a copy.

For the Reading’s next home game, against Norwich City on December 28th, all fans that buy a copy of ‘The Royal’ will receive 13 per cent off in the Madejski Megastore. And, before that, supporters have the opportunity to quiz Steve Clarke – with all questions being printed in the Norwich edition.

Full story here.

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