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Madejski back in charge

Sir John Madejski has confirmed he is calling the shots again at Reading whilst the club's Russian owner Anton Zingarevich looks set to sell the club.

Zingarevich has not been seen at the Sky Bet Championship club since September, which has seen Madejski - who sold him 51 per cent of the club in May 2012 - return to the helm.

"I've had the casting vote for some time now," he told the Reading Evening Post.

"I'm really in charge."

Madejski admits talks are ongoing over the club's sale, and added: "Things all take time.

"You can never do any business on the back of deadlines. Something of this magnitude, it's not like going out and buying a pack of cigarettes. It's not straight forward.

"Everything that we do is in the best interest of the football club.

"It's important that whoever takes on the legacy are fit and proper."

Madejski was behind sixth-placed Reading's decision to reject a bid from Cardiff for Adam Le Fondre on deadline day.

"The fans were worried that Adam Le Fondre was going to go and our great young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy as well, but no-one left," he said.

"The manager is happy with the squad he has. We're doing well on the pitch.

"The fans have been brilliant, they are what it's all about. This club is very dear to me.

"We've got a great manager and a great squad, we've got lots to go forward with."