Brian McDermott was appointed by Reading for a second spell in charge on 17th December 2015, having previously managed Leeds United.
McDermott's previous spell at Reading had begun in December 2000 serving as chief scout as well as reserve team manager.
He became caretaker manager of Reading after the departure of Brendan Rodgers in December 2009. During his time in caretaker charge he enjoyed notable FA cup wins at Anfield and at home to Burnley.
He would go on to lead The Royals to the quarter-finals of The FA Cup for the first time in 83 years where they would narrowly miss out on a place in the semis to Aston Villa.
McDermott also achieved success in the league having taking over with the club in relegation trouble; he then guided Reading to a 9th place finish in 2009/10. He was also nominated for the manager of the month award in February and then won the award in March 2009.
Brian then enjoyed a fantastic first full season at the helm as he guided Reading to the play-off final at Wembley, where his side narrowly missed out on a place in the Barclays Premier League to Swansea City. During the campaign, McDermott won the manager of the month award for April.
The following campaign McDermott then guided the Royals to the Barclays Premier League by winning the npower Championship. The promotion was a superb achievement especially considering his side's remarkable run of games towards the end of the season, securing 46 points from a possible 51. Their victory over Nottingham Forest that clinched promotion resulted in emotional scenes as thousands of fans poured on to the Madejski Stadium pitch to celebrate their return to the top flight. All of this success resulted in McDermott being named as the npower Championship Manager of the Year.
Prior to joining Reading, McDermott began his managerial career with Slough Town in 1996. After managing Slough he also spent two years as boss of Woking.
During his playing career, McDermott represented Arsenal, Fulham, IFK Norrköping, Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Exeter City and Yeovil Town. At IFK Norrköping, he was named Sweden's Player of the Year.