Reading have announced manager Kelly Chambers is to leave the club following their relegation from the Women’s Super League.

The 37-year-old, who also served as director of women’s football, oversaw Reading’s eight-year stay in the top flight, having guiding them to promotion from the third tier in 2012 before taking them to the WSL three years later.

However, she has opted to leave after Reading confirmed they would be turning into a part-time outfit.

The Royals achieved a fourth-placed finish in 2017-18, behind only Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as fifth place and an FA Cup semi-final appearance the season after.

But defeat to champions Chelsea on the final day of last season saw Reading relegated.

A statement on Reading’s website read: “The part Kelly has played within the modern era of Reading Football Club should not be underestimated or understated, nor should her love for the game or her club.

“Everyone would like to thank Kelly for her remarkable contribution to Reading Football Club, wish her the very best of luck in her future career and offer our very best wishes to her and her family as she prepares for the arrival of her second child in the coming weeks.”