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Salako backs Di Canio for Royals

first_img Academy manager Eamonn Dolan is in temporary charge of the first team but former Swindon boss Di Canio, who left Swindon last month, remains the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed McDermott, and Salako feels he could do be a decent appointment by Russian owner Anton Zingarevich. “This might be the perfect moment for Paolo Di Canio,” Salako told talkSPORT. “He has fallen out with the Swindon guys, he’s walked away, he’s in-between jobs and he might be the perfect answer.” Former Reading midfielder John Salako believes Paolo Di Canio would be a good choice to replace Brian McDermott as manager of Reading, whilst Roberto Di Matteo also remains in contention. He went on: “He could come in on an interim basis, they could say to him, ‘let’s see how it goes until the summer. Show us what you can do’. “He would go and fire up that dressing room, grab people by the neck, throw cups of tea around and not let people slack off.” Di Canio was present at Reading’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, which proved to be McDermott’s last game in charge, leading to strong suggestions that the ex-West Ham forward will be Zingarevich’s preferred choice. But there are also suggestions that former Chelsea manager Di Matteo could be in line to return to the Premier League. The 42-year-old led the Blues to Champions League success last season before being sacked in November and ambitious billionaire Zingarevich could see the ex-West Brom head coach as an ideal replacement. PSV Eindhoven coach Dick Advocaat, former West Ham and Charlton manager Alan Curbishley and Nigel Adkins, who was sacked as manager of Southampton in January, have also been touted as potential replacements. Meanwhile members of the Reading squad continue to thank McDermott, who was named Barclays Manager of the Month in January, for what he achieved at the club. Midfielder Jem Karacan Tweeted: “Played a big part in my career since I was 15. Been brilliant for the club taking us to Wembley and then winning the league last season. Wish him nothing but success for the future.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bruce still thinking of survival

first_img Justice seemed to have been done when McGregor guessed right to save from Jelavic but the ball rebounded to Rosenior who headed his first senior goal since October 2009. Rosenior concurred with his manager’s desire to get the job done, telling his club’s official website: “There’s been a lot talk about the FA Cup recently but the most important thing is we stay in the Premier League. “We’ve got a lot of players who have been itching to play in this league for a long time, myself included, and we want to make sure we stay here.” The Baggies ought to have at least narrowed the deficit in a second half they largely controlled, but a powerful header from Victor Anichebe was the closest they went and Long almost piled on the misery with a right-foot effort which came back off the woodwork. To add to Albion’s woes stand-in captain Gareth McAuley limped out with an ankle problem, following Anichebe, who had already departed with a hamstring complaint. A mounting injury list is the last thing Mel needed going into next Saturday’s potentially pivotal home clash with Cardiff, and he admitted: “It is a big problem because the next match is a very big match for us. “There are currently four teams beneath us so of course I think we can still stay up. We continue because every week in the Premier League the table changes.” Long won the 30th-minute penalty from which Liam Rosenior headed in the rebound after Nikica Jelavic’s spot-kick was saved, then struck himself eight minutes later to seal a solid if unspectacular three points for the Tigers in a 2-0 win. By Bruce’s mathematics it leaves his side in search of one more win – which could come on Wednesday night’s trip to West Ham – to almost certainly guarantee top-flight status and enable them to concentrate on their upcoming FA Cup semi-final trip to Wembley. Shane Long sent Hull to within touching distance of Barclays Premier League safety by sinking former club West Bromwich Albion at the KC Stadium on Saturday, but boss Steve Bruce is adamant his side’s survival mission is still not quite complete. Bruce said: “The one thing we need to do now is see it through and make sure we stay in this division. We are a newly promoted club and the odds were stacked against us. “We have got to make sure we are here for two, three, four, five years and stay as a Premier League club. That’s the aim but it’s very difficult, but at the moment we’re doing okay.” Long limped off with a suspected knee strain late in the game and will be a doubt for the trip to Upton Park but by then as far as the Baggies were concerned the damage had been done. The Republic of Ireland always insisted he was reluctant to leave The Hawthorns and new boss Pepe Mel must be rueing the club’s decision to let him go with Albion now languishing just three points off the drop zone. While Long provided the main threat throughout, the visitors failed to threaten despite long periods of neat possession, with their best chance arguably a first minute effort from Stephane Sessegnon which sailed just over the bar. Graeme Dorrans also brought a good save out of Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor as the Baggies looked capable of building on Mel’s first win in charge away to fellow strugglers Swansea last week. But Long was central to the home side wresting control of the game around the half-hour mark, shortly after David Meyler had served warning by flashing a header from a Tom Huddlestone corner inches wide of the mark. Long’s fall under Craig Dawson’s innocuous challenge hardly endeared him to the travelling fans, especially when referee Chris Foy indicated a spot-kick which Mel protested and even Bruce conceded was “soft”. Press Associationlast_img read more