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Reading FC Woes

By daib0 in

General Football


1 month ago
RE: Reading FC Woes
By daib0 1 month ago

‍The 4th Official

Reading Players Seem Happy Just To Turn Up, Lose A Game & Get Paid For It


The start of the season has been tough for the Berkshire side, losing all three of their league fixtures and only scoring a single goal. Boos have been heard ringing around the Madejski after a 1-0 loss to Bolton on Saturday, and some fans are rapidly losing their patience with Paul Clement, after only 11 league games in charge. So what has caused these issues, I hear you ask. Well, here are just a few of the possible reasons.

Lack of money being invested

Clement hardly inherited the most talented squad in the league, so he would have hoped to be blessed with a significant budget in the summer window. Unfortunately, he wasn’t. The majority of his dealings this summer have been free transfers, excluding the deals for Sam Baldock and Marc McNulty, so Clement and Reading fans alike have reasons to be aggrieved by the lack of activity by the ‘billionaire’ owners.

The Royals does not have a good enough squad to survive comfortably in this league, as shown by the disappointing showing last season, so improvements have been a necessity. Other than Andy Yiadom at right back, none of the new signings have improved the squad too much, yet. However, the loan signing of Josh Sims is a shrewd piece of business, so hopefully, he can help change the fortunes of Reading.

Dominating games, no end product

Reading dominated the opening two fixtures this season, but couldn’t finish off the chances and put the game to bed, which ultimately cost the Royals. In both of the opening games they had so many opportunities to get the ball into the area and give the forwards a chance to put Reading ahead, but the delivery was poor, and the chances went begging.

It is going to cost the Royals a lot of points this season if they can’t improve the supply to the strikers. It was the same problem last season and look where Reading ended up. It is going to be a long, hard season for the club if they can’t create more clear-cut chances and capitalise on the games they are dominating.

Lack of positivity

Supporters went into the season with a sense of nervousness after last season’s showing, and understandably so. But it seems as if the players have also started in a negative frame of mind, almost expecting the worst, which is precisely what you don’t want at the start of a new season. Every time Reading concede, their heads drop, and nobody seems too bothered about whether they lose the game or not.

They all seem too happy just to turn up, lose a game and get paid for it. A few exceptions to this are Liam Moore, Mo Barrow and all the new signings (have not seen enough to judge just yet). Hopefully, results turn around and the atmosphere around the Madejski can improve in weeks to come.

Original article is here: https://the4thofficial.net/2018/08/reading-players-seem-happy-just-to-turn-up-lose-a-game-get-paid-for-it


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What do you guys think, looking in from the outside? Last season was Reading's worst league position finish in 15 years, after almost having been a yo-yo team between Premier/Championship. OK, you'll say, we should be grateful for a nice 21st century so far! But this season ... almost rock bottom (maybe QPR are even worse?!). But have we entered a downward spiral? If so, Division 1 awaits us next season. How do you see things? From a rather despondent Daib0!! 😢

RE: Reading FC Woes
By seasider 1 month ago

‍I am in Reading now staying at the Penta Hotel so I will take an interest 😉

When you say woes, you can't obviously compare it to our situation as we would love it if the only complaint was about the football on show.

I personally think Reading have been over achieving for a long time now but don't take that the wrong way. They have been a well run club and done very well. I think it's inevitable a club like Reading will face a difficult period and this is that time. Another factor is the amount of cash being spent in the Championship as well. Forest are signing players for around 6 million and I am sure there are other clubs doing the same like Bristol City. I don't know for certain but can Reading compete with that sort of spending power.

I am sure the best you can hope for this season is survival. A new manager can quickly turn things around - just look at Fulham who are probably a similar sized club.

RE: Reading FC Woes
By TheSuffolkSeasider 1 month ago

‍You may find it hard for sympathy here mate!


2-0 up away at Blackburn now...

RE: Reading FC Woes
By seasider 1 month ago
Suddenly life is rosy again 😉
RE: Reading FC Woes
By seasider 1 month ago

‍Oops spoke too soon. 

RE: Reading FC Woes
By daib0 1 month ago

‍I kkknew that was gonna happen!!!!

RE: Reading FC Woes
By TheSuffolkSeasider 3 weeks ago

‍A Reading fan on 606 was saying how Paul Clement has been found out, pretty much. May be a good coach for the big clubs but when it comes to management he seems clueless. Do other Reading fans agree, daib0? Even said he wants Mick McCarthy in!

RE: Reading FC Woes
By daib0 3 weeks ago
TheSuffolkSeasider wrote:

‍A Reading fan on 606 was saying how Paul Clement has been found out, pretty much. May be a good coach for the big clubs but when it comes to management he seems clueless. Do other Reading fans agree, daib0? Even said he wants Mick McCarthy in!

‍Yeah, totally. I've never known a manager at the Royals with so little following and such little hope in the hearts of the fans. This looks like being a bitter season if there aren't big changes, and very soon ... 😢

RE: Reading FC Woes
By seasider 1 week ago

‍Only bumping this thread as I see you have the Nobbers on Saturday. The very best of luck although I can't see anything other than a Preston win.

RE: Reading FC Woes
By daib0 1 week ago
seasider wrote:

‍Only bumping this thread as I see you have the Nobbers on Saturday. The very best of luck although I can't see anything other than a Preston win.

‍Cheers!

Result? Reading to get something?  me neither, and I'm an optimist by nature!


Latest news from our camp is this:

BBC Sport
Gianluca Nani appointed as sporting director 


Championship side Reading have appointed Gianluca Nani as their new sporting director. The Italian has previously held similar roles at Italian outfit Brescia, Premier League clubs West Ham and Watford and Arabian side Al Jazira. Nani replaces Dutchman Brian Tevreden, who has left the post of technical director to become chief executive at Belgian side KSV Roeselare.  Royals chief executive Ron Gourlay said Nani had "a proven pedigree. He has experience in nurturing young talent and creating recruitment and development structures," he told the club website. 


https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/teams/reading


However, fans on the inside are saying that these changes are a result of a lot of unease on the management/board side behind the scenes ... 



RE: Reading FC Woes
By seasider 1 week ago

‍Sounds a bit dodgy. I think a club like Reading need to stick to with good old British unless the board have significant money that would allow these foreign coaches to use their expertise in the wider market.


RE: Reading FC Woes
By seasider 1 week ago

Congrats Daib0 👏

Putting the Nobbers in the relegation zone. You have earned the freedom of Back Henry Street.

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