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Could Graeme Murty finally have a Rangers escape route as Reading sack Paul Clement?

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Could Graeme Murty finally have a Rangers escape route as Reading sack Paul Clement?

Rangers’ youth coach was replaced by Steven Gerrard and was unpopular at Ibrox.

Reading have sacked manager Paul Clement after the club’s poor start to the Championship season. The Royals are currently 21st in the Championship table and only hover above the relegation zone on goal difference.  

It comes just one day after the re-appointment of former chief executive Nigel Howe to the same role he held for more than 20 years.

As a consequence, links are flying around regarding several former Reading players, which include the current Rangers youth boss Graeme Murty.

The former Reading right-back is a hero at the Berkshire club, adored by fans for his part in their record-breaking Championship title win in 2005-06.

READING, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 30: (L-R) Captain Graeme Murty, James Harper and John Madejski, chairman of Reading celebrate winning the Championship League with the trophy with a record points scored after the Coca-Cola Championship match between Reading and Queens Park Rangers at the Madejski Stadium on April 30, 2006 in Reading, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

When Jaap Stam got the sack, Murty was linked with the role. Clement eventually got it, with Murty then the caretaker manager at Ibrox.

 

However, things have changed at Rangers since then. Murty lost the faith of many fans toward the end of his caretaker stint. Despite some early good form, Rangers relieved him of caretaker duties after two thrashings v Old Firm rivals Celtic and a dispute with Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller.

In the summer, Rangers appointed Steven Gerrard and Murty returned to his youth role but is still disliked by many Rangers fans.

This may now present him with the perfect chance to head back to a club where he is near universally loved and adored and can get his senior coaching career off the ground.

It will certainly be interesting to see if his old boss Howe does come knocking.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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