CLARKE’S FO­CUS ON READ­ING

The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

STEVE Clarke in­sists it was right to con­sider his op­tions af­ter hold­ing talks with Ful­ham – but now it’s busi­ness as usual back at Read­ing fol­low­ing his de­ci­sion to stay.

Clarke, who guided Read­ing to eighth be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, was ear­marked to fill the va­cancy left by Kit Sy­mons’ sack­ing.

“It’s been a strange week but I know I’ve made the right de­ci­sion,” said the 52-year-old. “It wasn’t close. I got per­mis­sion from Read­ing to speak to Ful­ham. We had a chat, I came back in here the next day and I was out on the train­ing pitch work­ing to­wards the week­end.

“I’m a pro­fes­sional and, if some­one’s pre­pared to pay a cer­tain amount to speak to me, it’s some­thing I’ve got to look at.

“Ev­ery­body be­haved very well. The club were great. They gave me the go-ahead to speak to Ful­ham.”

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