The Royals, who were anchored six points earlier this season, are battling for Championship survival and have brought on the former England captain to try and help their situation.
Troubled Reading rolled the dice in a bid to ensure the survival of the Championship.
Last weekend the Royals secured their first victory in almost three months, beating Preston North End 3-2. But that wasn’t enough to save boss Veljko Paunovic, who announced after the match that he was leaving the club.
His successor was announced on Saturday evening, with the surprise appointment of Paul Ince.
This represents a first managerial job for the former England captain since 2014, when he was in charge of Blackpool.
The 54-year-old’s first game is a visit to Birmingham City on Tuesday night.
Reading dropped six points earlier this season after a breach of financial regulations. Cost cutting was evident at Select Car Leasing Stadium with a number of top earners shipping last summer and into January.
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For Ince, he now has a life-saving mission to simply ensure Reading finishes at least in their current position of 21st in the Championship.
They are five points above the current bottom three teams with 14 games left.
Ince is no stranger to a fight for survival. His first job in the dugout was with League Two wrestlers Macclesfield in 2006.
He joined the Silkmen when they were seven points from safety, but managed to pull off a fine escape.
He even played his part on the pitch. Despite stepping down to focus fully on the managerial side of things, Ince made an appearance as a substitute in the final day draw with Notts County keeping Macclesfield in place. It would be the last outing in a career that saw him lift the Premier League and FA Cup and earn 53 England caps.
He would eventually leave Macclesfield for a job with ambitious MK Dons – a move that left a bitter taste in the mouths of many fans of his former club.
At the time, he spoke of having better resources to work with – and even compared his ‘difficult decision’ to that of French superstar Thierry Henry who at the time was set to swap Arsenal for Barcelona.
“My heart told me to stay, but my head told me to go to MK Dons,” Ince said in the summer of 2007.
“It was an extremely difficult decision for me.
“It looks like the decision Thierry Henry had to make to go to Barcelona.
“They have a lot more resources that I can work with and as I have the ambition to get to the top, I think I have to go.
“I will always remember my time at Macclesfield – that’s where I started my managerial career – and I hope our supporters will understand why I’m moving on.
“We came here last October to do a job – to keep Macclesfield in the Football League – and we did it.”
Reading fans are unlikely to be heartbroken the way Silkmen fans were, if Ince doesn’t stick around beyond this season – as long as he replicates his security mission from 15 years ago. .