The midfielder, who came through Reading's youth system, told the club's website: "Obviously, it's disappointing when you see your manager leave. Brian was amazing for us in the time he was here, but we have to move on quickly.
"I've known Eamonn since I was 15 and worked with him day in day out. He has been brilliant, not just with me but helping the other lads come through the youth system.
"You know what you get from him, he makes it clear for each player before the game. He's a fantastic character, he's been here a long time and I'm sure he will do well for us."