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by Esteban
11 Apr 2018 08:23
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFTG Fulham
Replies: 93
Views: 7164

Re: BFTG Fulham

I have the experience of watching Reading for twenty years or so, which has given me a decent enough basis for recognising when football is good or bad. One thing I don’t have, is the experience and/or knowledge of someone who has worked in football coaching or management as a full time vocation. W...
by Esteban
27 Jan 2018 12:39
Forum: The Team
Topic: Unfortunately ANOTHER In or Out poll
Replies: 213
Views: 10780

Re: Unfortunately ANOTHER In or Out poll

I am loathed to say it, but if you gave Neil Warnock this squad, he'd have us in the top half at the very least. I was Stam in until the last few games, but nothing I have seen recently makes me think we'll stay up with him in charge. Time to go.
by Esteban
21 Jan 2018 14:37
Forum: The Team
Topic: In or Out? New poll.
Replies: 422
Views: 25784

Re: In or Out? New poll.

I wouldn't shed any tears if Stam went, but what worries me is who we would bring in. If Tevreden gets his way, it will be more of the same.
by Esteban
25 Sep 2017 14:38
Forum: The Team
Topic: Jaap's Radio Comments
Replies: 185
Views: 18257

Re: Jaap's Radio Comments

I didn't boo, i cringed when i heard them, but i can understand them at the same time. I am struggling to understand what's going on, but at the same time i see this was very predictable. We excelled last season when expectations were low, and now that we've gone and signed Aluko + others, as well ...
by Esteban
24 Sep 2017 21:46
Forum: The Team
Topic: Jaap's Radio Comments
Replies: 185
Views: 18257

Re: Jaap's Radio Comments

The owners aren't going to be happy wih declining revenues as footfall decreases. The poor away attendance suggests that the issue isn't just related to Reading. Continental style football perhaps isn't going down too well. Very much like the Serie A games when televised on C4 some years back. Firs...
by Esteban
24 Sep 2017 21:42
Forum: The Team
Topic: Jaap's Radio Comments
Replies: 185
Views: 18257

Re: Jaap's Radio Comments

Booing only ever serves to piss off the players and the management, never seen the point in it. Before the booing Gunther showed no interest in getting forward. After the booing (and after Gunther remonstrating with the crowd) he was far more positive in getting forward, leading to the goal. Do you...
by Esteban
24 Sep 2017 14:14
Forum: The Team
Topic: Jaap's Radio Comments
Replies: 185
Views: 18257

Re: Jaap's Radio Comments

You know the way he wants us to play, if you don't like it, don't go. The owners aren't going to be happy wih declining revenues as footfall decreases. The poor away attendance suggests that the issue isn't just related to Reading. Continental style football perhaps isn't going down too well. Very ...
by Esteban
24 Sep 2017 13:53
Forum: The Team
Topic: Jaap's Radio Comments
Replies: 185
Views: 18257

Re: Jaap's Radio Comments

Booing only ever serves to piss off the players and the management, never seen the point in it. Everybody getting their knickers in twist over Stam calling them on it should calm down. You know the way he wants us to play, if you don't like it, don't go.

Storm in a tea cup. Move along.
by Esteban
15 Sep 2017 20:27
Forum: The Team
Topic: Under 23"s Supposedly not ready for first team football.
Replies: 88
Views: 7736

Re: Under 23"s Supposedly not ready for first team football.

McCarthy, Karacan, Pearce, Robson-Kanu, Hector, Obita, Cooper, Tshibola and Kelly have all made the step up in recent years. The Academy is working. Stam did a good job of integrating Liam Kelly. He sees the likes of Smith, Andresson and Rinomhota every day in training, playing against Championship ...
by Esteban
15 Sep 2017 13:26
Forum: The Team
Topic: The idiots of Twitter thread
Replies: 394
Views: 42530

Re: The idiots of Twitter thread

The Richmond tenancy (we've never had a ground share with anyone !) was very short lived and I can't believe any one cared too much about hurting their feelings ! It's quite odd to see people arguing in favour of flogging off the name of the ground. I've never thought there was much dignity in maki...
by Esteban
13 Sep 2017 20:16
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Joseph Mendes
Replies: 8
Views: 2594

Re: Joseph Mendes

I joked with friends before the game on Saturday that I reckoned he'd gone on strike. :?

Can't see an injury keeping him out of the squad photo, unless it required urgent treatment.
by Esteban
11 Sep 2017 21:05
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFTG (H) Brizzle
Replies: 135
Views: 19190

Re: BFTG (H) Brizzle

I think the level of disappointment on here is testament to the success we enjoyed last season. And that was not down to millions of pounds of investment, it was due to Stam's system and tactics. We are short of a top striker, but we have improved our forward line and midfield. It needs time, but it...
by Esteban
09 Sep 2017 17:45
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFTG (H) Brizzle
Replies: 135
Views: 19190

Re: BFTG (H) Brizzle

Would have won that 3-0 on another day. Bristol did well tactically, but rarely caused us problems. Striker or not, 8 yards out with the whole goal to aim at, you have to score. Aluko played well and will improve as he learns the system. Barrow put in similar performances when he first joined and wa...
by Esteban
03 Sep 2017 15:57
Forum: The Team
Topic: Favourite signing this window?
Replies: 37
Views: 4924

Re: Favourite signing this window?

100% Dave Edwards - a proper old fashioned midfielder/leader in the mould of Sidwell (probably better), exactly what we need Stam is building the spine of the team - McShane/Moore/Edwards - first names on the starting lineup every week Don't necessarily disagree, but interested to hear who you thin...
by Esteban
02 Sep 2017 10:22
Forum: The Team
Topic: Upgrade for Gilksey
Replies: 26
Views: 4391

Re: Upgrade for Gilksey

For those of us of a certain age the sight of Gilkesy flying down the left touchline by the south bank (always played better in the second half) circa 1993 (his best season) is the indelible memory of that era. Undoubtedly my favourite player at the time. For him to be appointed caretaker manager i...
by Esteban
01 Sep 2017 13:19
Forum: The Team
Topic: Our Strongest Championship side??
Replies: 56
Views: 6917

Re: Our Strongest Championship side??

Our real strength is our bench. I think we'll see a lot of rotation in the midfield and up front. We'll be able to change formations smoothly with one sub and bring on serious talent, all of which should be fit and well rested. Imagine chasing the ball for 70 minutes, then seeing fresh, fast, powerf...
by Esteban
30 Aug 2017 10:47
Forum: The Team
Topic: Our Strongest Championship side??
Replies: 56
Views: 6917

Re: Our Strongest Championship side??

The players we have hasn't been the issue, it's the midfield and Stam's system. We've proven that when we set-up to be solid, we're difficult to score against. A combination of injuries and individual errors has caused our issues so far this season. However, we have addressed that now. Not much you ...
by Esteban
30 Aug 2017 07:10
Forum: The Team
Topic: Our Strongest Championship side??
Replies: 56
Views: 6917

Re: Our Strongest Championship side??

If we were to sign a striker, we'd have enough to finish in the top six, but there are a number of clubs who will think that. Stam has a different set of challenges to face now, he's got to deliver a playoff spot at a minimum. You can't smash your transfer record signing one of your top targets and ...
by Esteban
29 Aug 2017 20:53
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: RUMOUR - Nelson Oliveira
Replies: 486
Views: 113723

Re: RUMOUR - Nelson Oliveira

CountryRoyal wrote:TBH I'm past caring, either would do, I just want to get it over with.


^ This. My initial excitement has given way to impatience and mild annoyance.
by Esteban
29 Aug 2017 18:23
Forum: The Team
Topic: CONFIMRED: Sone Aluko
Replies: 257
Views: 54044

Re: Rumour: Sone Aluko

If this transfer window ends with Aluko instead of an out-and-out centre forward, then I think a lot of fans will be slightly puzzled to say the least. He's not a prolific goalscorer, has an eye for row Z and he'd presumably be displacing a promising Barrow or fan-favourite McCleary. However, we kn...
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