Former Reading boss Paul Ince believes his reputation is 'not harmed' after his sacking and is already looking for his next managerial role.

The former England captain took charge in Berkshire in February 2022, originally on an inteirm basis, and was sacked in March 2023.

Keeping the Royals in the league at the end of the 2021/22 season, his side were in the play-offs for almost 100 days last campaign only to end up relegated.

Dealing with points deductions and transfer embargoes, the club finished 22nd and failed to win away from home from November into May.

Reading Chronicle:

Speaking to Dean Saunders and Laura Woods on TalkSport on Monday morning, Ince said: "It was disappointing. Not so much last season, but the season I came in before in February when they were going down and I managed to save them. I knew we had six points pending for FFP rules and that came at a really bad time for us. We had an embargo and nine first-team players out. The remit was the stay in the league, as far as I was concerned, and that’s what we were doing until the six points came. All of a sudden you lose your job. It’s tough to take, but football doesn’t surprise you anymore."

Reading Chronicle:

His first managerial job for seven years upon his arrival last year, Ince hopes it is a quicker return this time around.

"I didn’t manage for seven years since I left Blackpool and I was like; do I want to get back into it or do I not? Football is in your blood and it’s your passion. To get the opportunity to manage Reading in the Championship was something I wanted to do. I’ve got the taste for it again, and I believe my reputation has not been harmed. I’m looking for the next opportunity wherever that arises.”