Reading striker Marc McNulty has revealed what former manager Paul Clement said after saying goodbye to them.

Clement left the club on Thursday morning after being less than nine months in charge and the club hovering above the relegation zone of the championship.

The 46-year-old announced Thursday morning to Hogwood players that he left the club.

McNulty said, "It was a shock – we had to change and train as usual.

"We were told that a meeting had been called and we even thought it would be about it [this weekend’s game against] Sheffield United.

It was not too long – it was short and spicy. I think the manager was surprised and the players were surprised too.

"We never saw it coming, wished us luck and said that the performances will get better and maybe make a bit of a twist."

And he wished the guys good luck for the future. "

Clement led Reading to only seven wins in his 30 games since Jaap Stam was taken over at the end of March.

McNulty was one of eight summer signings for the former Derby County and Swansea City boss and had just broken into the first team.

The former Coventry City frontman scored his first goal in a 2-2 draw with Stoke City last weekend.

He admitted that players have to bear a big part of the blame for the bad results.

"It's disappointing because you do not want someone to lose their job," McNulty said.

"And on a personal level, he brought me in the summer, so it's disappointing.

"At the end of the day, we are players who have to go to the field and perform.

"The manager selects the team and the tactics, but the players also have to take a bit of responsibility.

"We are the ones who go out and convey their ideas."

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U23 boss Scott Marshall has temporarily taken over the team, although the club wants to arrange a quick appointment.

The Royals host Sheffield United at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon before visiting the other fighters Rotherham United a week later.

McNulty admits having a new boss affects the players and their chances of keeping their place on the grid.

"There is always a concern and everyone in the locker room would be the same," said the 26-year-old.

"A new manager will bring in his own ideas and maybe he wants his own players, but that's football.

"We have to deal with it, work hard and hopefully see the new manager."

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