On April 29th 2012, Brian McDermott was wandering around the Madejski Stadium pitch during the clubs victory parade, wiping the tears from his eyes with the crowd singing his name after guiding the club to the Championship title.
Less than a year on, and with a Manager of the Month award to his name from January, he finds himself unemployed after being sacked as Reading Manager this evening.
The former club scout took over the club in 2009 replacing current Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers after an impressive start to his career as interim Manager.
During his three and-a-half years at the helm, McDermott has guided Reading to a fifth place finish in the Championship, where they eventually lost to Swansea in the Playoff Final, and recently won the Championship last season with his side winning 15 out of 17 games to propel themselves to the summit.
This season has been tough for the Royals, with a lack of quality being brought into the club, and the lack of quality telling in the clubs performance on the pitch.
Fallouts had been noted with the likes of Danny Guthrie and Jason Roberts, and seemingly ponderous tactics of 4-4-2 with the likes of Jobi McAnuff and Mikele Leigertwood starting every week, raising eyebrows with the Royal diehards in the stands.
After two successive home defeats to relegation rivals Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa, owner Anton Zingarevich this evening sacked McDermott stating “In our current situation, a change was necessary”.
So where next for Reading? two upcoming matches away to Manchester United and Arsenal look daunting to say the least, so who will take the reigns at the Madesjki Stadium?
Early favourite for the job is former Swindon Town Manager Paolo Di Canio. The Italian is reporedly interested in the role at the relegation threatened side, although his volatile character would be an interesting appointment for Reading, and certainly would be a surprise.
Other contenders are Nigel Adkins and Roberto Di Matteo, who both were sacked unfairly this season, and may see this as an ideal opportunity to return to top flight management.
Whoever takes over, it looks an exceedingly tough ask to keep them in England’s top flight, but it certainly could add another dimension and impetus into a side who looked doomed after the result on Saturday.