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Former Reading, Stoke City and Portsmouth man lands first managerial role in surprise international move

Former Reading, Stoke City and Portsmouth striker Dave Kitson is the new manager of the Nauru national team, as per their official club website.

The ex-Football League man has taken his first managerial role in the game.

Kitson, 44, retired from playing back in 2015 with his last spell coming in non-league at Arseley Town.

Nauru’s website have now confirmed he has been appointed as their boss.

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Kitson made 478 appearances during his playing days and scored 145 goals.

He played for Reading from 2003 to 2008 after early stints at Hitchin Town and Cambridge United and fired 60 goals in 146 outings for the Royals, helping them gain promotion from the Championship during his time in Berkshire.

, Former Reading, Stoke City and Portsmouth man lands first managerial role in surprise international move
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The Hitchin-born man then linked up with Stoke City and spent two years with the Potters in the Premier League, some of which he spent out on loan at Reading and Middlesbrough.

He found the net five times during his time in Staffordshire before heading out the exit door for Portsmouth in 2010.

Kitson then played 72 matches for Pompey and chipped in with 12 goals. He was then snapped up by Sheffield United and Oxford United later in his career.

Nauru is an Island country in Oceania off the coast of Australia with a population of just 12,511. Their national team was only founded last year and they are yet to play a match.

They are not currently members of FIFA but are hoping to arrange a friendly against American Samoa in the near future.

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