Reading have finally concluded their search for a new manager with the appointment of former Southampton boss Ruben Selles, providing his work visa is accepted.

The Royals sacked Paul Ince in April and their relegation from the Championship was confirmed the following month.

Noel Hunt took charge of the final five games last season, stepping up from his role as head coach of the Under-21 side.

Chris Wilder had been strongly linked with the vacant position at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in recent weeks but talks reportedly broke down between both parties.

Selles took charge at Southampton for the final weeks of last season following Nathan Jones’ departure but was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, winning two of his 17 matches in the hot seat.

He began his coaching career at Villarreal at the age of 25 and also held roles in Greece, Russia and Azerbaijan.

A club statement read: "The application was submitted at the end of last week and we now await a decision on his work visa before he is able to get to work on revitalising this Royals squad and recruiting players to be part of the rebuild at Reading."

The announcement came on the same day the news broke that the club had been issued a winding up petition by HMRC.

Reading have been handed two separate points deductions over the past couple of seasons amid their financial issues off the pitch.

The Royals are also under a transfer embargo for failing to pay players’ wages on time on three occasions last term.

The club currently has 13 registered first-team players on its books and supporters recently launched a pressure group to demand a change of ownership.

The group is known as 'Sell Before We Dai' and is planning a series of protests against owner Dai Yongge ahead of the upcoming season.