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Chris Davies returns to the Royals

1 January 2016

New First Team Coach joins McDermott at Madejski

Reading Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of First Team Coach Chris Davies, who will join manager Brian McDermott and fellow First Team Coach Steven Reid in the home dugout for the first time on Saturday.

Joining the Reading Academy in 2001 at the tender age of 16, Davies came through the age groups at Hogwood and captained the Royals’ youth sides under then Academy Manager Brendan Rodgers.

During that time, Chris won international caps at youth level with Wales, before his promising playing career was cut short by injury at the age of 19.

He took an academic route and soon after hanging up his boots he enrolled on a Sports Science degree at Loughborough University, graduating in 2007 with first class honours having simultaneously undertaken his UEFA coaching licences and gaining practical experience through a number of youth coaching roles.

After leaving university, Davies worked as an Academy coach at New Zealand club Hawke’s Bay United, and returned to the UK in 2010 to be reunited with Rodgers at Swansea City, where he took charge of opposition analysis.

He enjoyed two very successful seasons in South Wales, as the Swans were promoted to the Premier League and then established themselves in their first season back in the top tier.

In May 2012, he moved to Merseyside to join Rodgers' coaching staff at Liverpool, helping the Premier League side to a second-placed finish in 2014.

Whilst at Anfield he began his UEFA Pro Licence - a qualification he completed in November 2015 - and he now returns to the club where it all began to join McDermott's coaching team at Madejski Stadium.

"It is great to be back at this special club," Davies said. "But in football there is no time for sentiment, my focus is on helping the team win games and giving my all to the cause.

"There is an excellent manager and squad of players here so I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season."

Manager Brian McDermott added, “I’ve known Chris since he was a young player in the Academy at Reading and I was coaching the Under-17s and I have watched his career with much interest.

"He is a Pro Licence coach and he has a vast amount of experience having worked with both Swansea City and Liverpool. I’m absolutely delighted that he’s decided to join our coaching staff here at Reading.”

The Club would also like to thank Terry Burton for his help over recent weeks. Terry has decided to move on and explore other projects and we wish him every success for the future.

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