Reading have been joined by League One competitors Shrewsbury Town in looking for a new manager after Steve Cotterill's dismissal.

A League One and EFL Trophy winner as manager of Bristol City almost a decade ago, Cotterill lead Salop to their highest finish in over five years and continued working from his hospital bed despite battling Covid-19.

A statement from Shrewsbury chairman, Ronald Wycherley, said: "As a lifelong supporter, as well as Chairman and custodian of Shrewsbury Town Football Club, it is my first priority and duty to secure and protect the club for future generations.

"From time-to-time circumstances arise when difficult and unpopular decisions have to be made to safeguard the very future of our club.

"We currently find ourselves in such a position and we would be failing in our duty if we shirk those decisions.

"Unfortunately, because of confidentiality restrictions, it is not always possible to keep our supporters fully informed.

"Premature leaks and gossip only exacerbate the situation, fuelling different agendas.

"Going forward, be assured that management structures and new football strategies are already in place - the rationale for the actions we have taken will become evident in the coming weeks and months."

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A vastly-experienced boss, first taking charge of Sligo Rovers in 1995, the 58-year-old has managed in all three divisions of the EFL.

Shrewsbury join the Royals as the only club's in the third tier without a manager, with Reading's hunt entering it's eighth week.

New fixtures for next season, Reading's first season in League One since 2002, come out in two weeks while pre-season is fast-approaching.