Reading aim to appoint a new boss within the next fortnight, the Reading Chronicle understands.

Approaching six weeks since Paul Ince was relieved of his duties, Head of Football Operations, Mark Bowen, has been leading the search for a new full-time manager for the club's League One battle.

Promising to 'work diligently to identify the manager who is the best fit for this football club going forward' when Ince was relieved, it is believed that the club have narrowed down their search but are continuing to do their due diligence.

Reading Chronicle:

Still interviewing up to last week, it is understood that the club aim to appoint a new boss by June 1 'at the latest.'

The club announced their released and retained list yesterday, with six first team regulars departing the club.

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Facing a first season in the third tier since 2002, the club face the biggest rebuild for decades as the Royals look to regain Championship status as quickly as possible.

Reading Chronicle:

Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder leads the way with the bookies, while former Celtic and Liverpool coach Chris Davies has jumped into second.