Reading CEO Dayong Pang has released an open letter to supporters after building tension among the fanbase, hinting at progress in the managerial hunt.

Approaching 70 days since Paul Ince was sacked, supporters were at breaking point as news emerged of disagreements between members of the hierarchy.

Supporters Trust at Reading had sent a letter regarding a meeting with Pang, which is still yet to be replied to, but a 200 word message emerged to break the silence on Thursday afternoon.

Referring to the manager hunt, Pang said: "The process to appoint a new manager has been underway for some time now, but we fully recognise how important a decision this is for the club - for next season and beyond. And for that reason, the process has been comprehensive and has naturally taken time. Mr Dai himself has played and continues to play an active part in the search and appointment of the next manager…a process we fully believe is now rightly reaching its conclusion."

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Far from perfect, it leaves plenty of be desired.

Mark Bowen, Director of Football Operations, was not mentioned once in the letter, despite the Welshman heading up the search.

The former manager has taken some time off for a personal matter.

Admitting that the club is facing financial issues, Pang sounded positive for the future.

"As a club, financially we continue to face a number of significant challenges and our owner, Mr Dai, is working very hard to resolve those issues to ensure the future of Reading Football Club is stable, successful, progressive and positive.

Our short-term goal is now clear though…to appoint the right man for the role of first team manager and to rebuild a squad capable of competing for a return to the Championship!"