Reading boss Mark Bowen has put pen to paper on a new deal to keep him at the club until 2021.

Bowen’s assistant Eddie Niedzwiecki and first-team coach John O’Shea have also signed new deals with the club.

It has also been agreed that goalkeeping coach James Bittner will continue in his role with the first team until the end of the season.

Chief Executive Nigel Howe told the club website: "A manager with a very clear understanding of what it takes to win football matches in this division, Mark has managed to galvanise this group of players and instil fight, determination and desire into the dressing room which has had an instant impact on performances and our points tally.

“Mark would be the first to modestly highlight that this has been a good start…but only that; there is much more to achieve with this group of players.

“But I am delighted that, in a very short period of time as manager, he has proven himself a very clever, conscientious and capable manager and he fully deserves this new contract at the club.”