Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Thu, 24 May 2018 11:02:17 BST Thu, 24 May 2018 11:02:17 BST 1800 Reading Safe As Disappointing Season Finally Ends Reading finished their hugely disappointing season with an impressive result at Premier League bound Cardiff City. The 0-0 draw would have been enough to keep Reading up regardless of other results, but with Burton and Barnsley both losing, Reading were always going to be safe on the final day of the Championship season. Cardiff found themselves in a similar situation with Fulham's defeat also meaning they were promoted as runners-up whatever the scoreline with the Royals. With Cardiff already promoted and Reading already safe from relegation, and with home fans eager to get on the pitch to celebrate promotion the last few minutes were spent with Reading just knocking the ball around the defence waiting for the final whistle. That summed up the game perfectly - perhaps with scorelines elsewhere the early pressure quickly evaporated and both teams then lacked urgency and were happy to settle for a point with time running out. <br/><br/> Before the match everyone was expecting Reading to take a battering at the hands of Cardiff. Before heading to a side who will be playing in the top tier next season, the Royals had let in seven goals and scored none in their last two league defeats. Reading's last 16 games had seen them earn just 2 wins. Meanwhile Cardiff had secured 11 wins over the same period and despite a wobble towards the end of the season they had still won three out of their last four games. It was a surprise to find Reading deep in Cardiff territory for the opening five minutes but soon enough the game turned and it was Reading who found the ball in their half for most of the rest of the game. <br/><br/> Despite beginning to dominate the game Cardiff struggled to really test Mannone, and were limited to longer range efforts that failed to find the target. Despite a bright start Reading found themselves on the defensive for the rest of the game and finished after notching up just a single off-target shot in the entire game. I imagine the neutral watching on Sky TV had turned off long before the final whistle. Despite taking it to the last day of the season, you always felt that Reading would stay up. Next season could be a different story if this form and this football continues. <br/><br/> Reading finished the season in 20th place and three points away from the drop. That's our lowest placing since our promotion out of the third tier in 2002. Paul Clement has a tough job ahead of him to turn Reading's fortunes around next season. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/060518/Cardiff_0_Reading_0"><strong>Cardiff City 0 Reading 0</a> - Fan Opinion<a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/741/Reading_Safe_As_Disappointing_Season_Finally_Ends 741 Thu, 10 May 2018 09:57:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Set To Lose At Cardiff But Stay Up Reading enter the final day of the Championship tomorrow knowing that there is still an outside chance of relegation, after a hugely disappointing season. The Royals will be relegated to League One if they lose at Cardiff, Birmingham draw or win, and both Barnsley and Burton also win their games. It's a hugely unlikely situation and the most likely outcome remains a solid defeat for Reading at Cardiff City and Reading staying up thanks to someone else dropping vital points at the bottom of the table. <br/><br/> Cardiff City need a victory to guarantee second place in the table and promotion to the Premier League. Reading are seen as perfect opposition to pick up the three points they need. However, if Reading could somehow cause a shock, then just a single point would guarantee our survival regardless of other results. Sky have chosen to screen the game live (12:30pm kick-off) so they can capture the scenes as Cardiff secure promotion. It will be a strange day for Reading fans if everything goes as expected and we secure safety on the back of another heavy defeat. <br/><br/> <strong>Final Day Fixtures - How Reading could still go down:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Cardiff -v- Reading</strong> - First of all we would have to lose at Cardiff - obviously very likely.</li> <li><strong>Birmingham -v- Fulham</strong> - Birmingham would need at least a point to move above us, which is going to be very difficult against a Fulham side who themselves have to win to have a chance of second place. Fulham will need Reading to help them out at Cardiff or it's the play-offs for them.</li> <li><strong>Derby -v- Barnsley</strong> - Barnsley have to win at Derby. However Derby need at least a point to be sure of a play-off finish.</li> <li><strong>Preston -v- Burton</strong> - Burton have to win at Preston. Preston must win to have any chance of catching Derby and stealing the last play-off place.</li> </ul> <p> All the teams that need to get results to send Reading down are playing against teams that themselves need results to have a shot at promotion. It's unthinkable that both Barnsley and Burton could win on the road against play-off chasing teams. With everything considered it seems very unlikely that Reading could end up in the bottom three on the final day - but it's definitely not impossible. </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/740/Royals_Set_To_Lose_At_Cardiff_But_Stay_Up 740 Sat, 05 May 2018 22:26:37 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Still Not Safe After Late Collapse If Reading manage to hang on to their Championship status next week they can count themselves very lucky indeed after today's inept performance. All the shortcomings of the current Reading squad surfaced in the final twenty minutes of the most important game of an extremely poor season. Individual errors and a lack of character contributed to an unbelievable capitulation to a fairly average Ipswich side. The lack of application and commitment was inexcusable from a group of professional footballers. The result puts Reading at greater risk of taking a drop in to League One and yet remarkably they still may survive even if they get thrashed away to a Cardiff City side playing for an automatic promotion spot next week. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/280418/Reading_0_Ipswich_4"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/280418/Reading_0_Ipswich_4">Reading 0 Ipswich Town 4</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/739/Reading_Still_Not_Safe_After_Late_Collapse 739 Sun, 29 Apr 2018 15:13:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Three Games To Secure Championship Football Reading hit the road this weekend hoping to take some of their home form with them on their travels. Since Paul Clement took over as Reading boss after the departure of Jaap Stam, the Royals have picked up 7 points from a possible 9 to ease relegation fears. Although Reading are still not yet safe from the drop, a victory at Sheffield Wednesday would almost certainly mean that the Royals will be playing Championship football again next season. <Br/><br/> However, a Reading defeat combined with a Barnsley victory at Leeds United would make for very nervous times as the season draws to a close. After Saturday's trip to Hillsborough, Reading wrap up the season with a home game against Ipswich Town before ending the season at promotion chasing Cardiff City. With just three games left it is definitely all to play for as Reading, Bolton, Birmingham and Barnsley all look to drop each other into the final relegation place with Sunderland and Burton already looking doomed. Reading fans will be keeping their eyes on the scores at Birmingham who play at home against Sheffield United and Bolton who host already promoted Wolves. Reading could off course stay up without winning another game, but it would be great to secure some points and avoid the bottom three due to our own efforts. <Br/><br/> Sheffield Wednesday themselves weren't far from the bottom three earlier this year, but four wins from their last six games has guaranteed them a mid-table finish and they will go into the game with nothing to play for. Having picked up form recently they are favourites for the win and also have the luxury of the return from injury of a number of first team players. Clement will have the same squad to pick from this week after last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland. Bacuna will still be missing from the team due to suspension after his red card at Fulham. On-loan Tommy Elphick, who looked so good on his arrival, could return before the end of the season as he has returned to training but this game will come too soon. <Br/><br/> Reading's recent form against Sheffield Wednesday has been excellent despite our FA Cup defeat at Hillsborough earlier this season. Before that we were undefeated in six games against them including a 2-0 away win in our last league fixture at their place. Kermorgant and Popa scored the all important goals in that fixture roughly this time last year. Earlier this season we shared the points in a game with no goals at the Madejski Stadium. <Br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With Sheffield Wednesday</h3> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 January 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">25 November 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">17 March 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">10 December 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">23 January 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">19 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">31 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">20 September 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">08 February 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">02 November 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-5</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/738/Three_Games_To_Secure_Championship_Football 738 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:54:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Paul Clement Asks Royals To Step Up For Final Games <p><img src="/images/clement.jpg" style="max-width:100%;"></p> <p>Paul Clement described Reading&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140418/Reading_2_Sunderland_2">2-2 draw against bottom side Sunderland</a> a missed opportunity and has issued a rallying cry to his players to step up and secure their Championship status after a truly forgettable season.</p> <p>Their draw against the Black Cats perhaps sums up the clubs problems, with the club being saved by a late equaliser from Yann Kermorgant. That leaves them five points ahead of the drop zone with three to play.</p> <p>Barnsley have the opportunity to close that gap by three points with their game in hand against Nottingham Forest next Tuesday, which means there&rsquo;s still plenty to play for.</p> <p>Clement wasn&rsquo;t impressed with Saturday&rsquo;s performance and has encouraged the players to play smarter. Following the game he said, &ldquo;The more we play like we did against Sunderland, the more it&rsquo;s in the lap of the gods what will happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Despite this, Clement has lost only two of his five games in charge of the Royals, both against teams challenging for automatic promotion, while they&rsquo;ve also picked up vital wins against Preston and QPR.</p> <p>Sheffield Wednesday is next for Clement. Bookmakers across sites like <a href="http://www.top100bookmakers.com">www.top100bookmakers.com</a> are placing the South Yorkshire side as clear favourites, despite sitting just three places above Reading in 16th.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a big game for the club, who could help calm the nerves of those around the Madejski with a win, but Ipswich at home the following weekend is the one that could really put daylight between them and the bottom clubs with a win. </p> <p>Ipswich are without a manager and have one just one of their last five games, so are there for the taking. Clement is <a href="https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/clement-issues-rallying-call-to-reading-fc-players-for-final-three-matches/">staying calm about the situation</a>, following a relegation battle with Swansea last season.</p> <p>He added, &ldquo;We need points in the next three games to make sure we're safe but we have to make sure we don't get in the situation where we have to get a result otherwise there is a consequence.&rdquo;</p> <p>So far this season Reading have managed to avoid that. They&rsquo;re yet to enter the relegation zone this season and their fate will remain in their own hands if Clement can continue their current run of form. </p> <p>He believes his side are ready to step up to the challenge, and next week&rsquo;s Ipswich game could be the day it gets sealed. It&rsquo;s certainly the game where the points look available. Going to Cardiff on the last day of the season needing a result is not where Clement wants to be. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s not where we want to be either!</p> http://www.royals.org/news/737/Paul_Clement_Asks_Royals_To_Step_Up_For_Final_Games 737 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:08:45 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Clement Keeps His Unbeaten Home Record With so much at stake for both sides the tense and cautious first half of this match was to be expected. However when Liam Kelly put Reading ahead from the spot after twenty minutes the game quickly gathered momentum culminating in a chaotic finale in which both teams spurned excellent opportunities to snatch the crucial winning goal. The 2-2 draw may have lacked nothing in terms of drama but left Sunderland almost certainly relegated and Reading far from safe. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140418/Reading_2_Sunderland_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140418/Reading_2_Sunderland_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Sunderland 2</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/736/Clement_Keeps_His_Unbeaten_Home_Record 736 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:28:23 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Paying Third Highest in Agents Fees <p><img src="/images/kermie.jpg" alt="Yann Kermorgant" style="max-width:100%; width:100%;"></p> <p>The Championship table is upside down, at least according to a new report that has revealed the staggering amounts paid to agents in the Championship.</p> <p>While the Royals are struggling in 19th place, they've paid a huge GBP2.85million in agents fees, the third highest in the division. </p> <p>It's a worrying figure for the club, who have failed to build on the progress in the play-offs last term. What that means is that if they're to bounce back next season those fees may be even higher.</p> <p>Only Aston Villa and Sunderland have larger fees, with the former paying over GBP5.5million. At least they're challenging though.</p> <p>Bookies and sites such as <a href="http://www.betandskill.com/">Bet and Skill</a> continue to have us down as second favourite for every game, while the Villans are hotly tipped to return to the Premier League.</p> <p>Amazingly, Wolves, who have been heavily helped by Jorge Mendes paid just GBP2million in agents fees, which would perhaps say some remain confidential.</p> <p>That looks the case within the transfer of Tiago Ilori, whose transfer is omitted from the <a href="http://www.thefa.com/news/2018/apr/03/payments-fees-intermediaries-030418">official FA list of agents fees</a>. </p> <p>Included in the list is the record fee for Sone Aluko and moves of Leandro Bacuna and Joey van der Berg. </p> <p>New contracts for Yann Kermorgant, Liam Kelly and Jordan Obita are also included on top of a number of youth contracts. </p> <p>Agents fees have been a worry for some time now on football, and it's perhaps why The FA have gone to the lengths they have to pass law to reveal them. </p> <p>What's perhaps most frustrating from a Reading point of view is that on the pitch it hasn't done us any favours. </p> <p>Aluko has netted just twice and Leandro Bacuna has made just 13 appearances for the club. You can't help but feel the fees should at least be representative of the position in the table.</p> <p>Otherwise that's GBP2.85million squandered. Wasted when it could have been spent on another signing. </p> <p>It isn't just in the Championship where the fees are phenomenal though. As you can imagine, the figures in the Premier League are baffling. Liverpool have spent over GBP200million in the last year, while even Bournemouth have forked out over GBP7million.</p> <p>What's perhaps most shocking is further down the leagues. In the National League, that's non-league football, Leyton Orient spent nearly GBP40,000 while Hartlepool United, a team who have had severe financial problems have spent almost GBP19,000.</p> <p>If there ever needed to be a sign that players and their agents are taking over the beautiful game, here it is. And you have to worry it's only going to get worse. </p> http://www.royals.org/news/734/Reading_Paying_Third_Highest_in_Agents_Fees 734 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:10:11 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Chris Gunter's Chinese Fan Club Is Just Fantastic <p><img src="/images/gunter.jpg" alt="Chris Gunter playing for Wales" style="max-width:100%; width:100%;"></p> <p> It's fair to say Chris Gunter is a Welsh football legend. He's the nation's all-time appearance holder and has yet to even hit his 30s. But still, it's somewhat of a surprise when an entire nation, other than Wales, really takes to him.</p> <p>Wales' trip to China revealed one of the most surprising things to the world of football perhaps of all time. Chris Gunter is an absolute footballing icon in China. Yes, really.</p> <p>Of course, don't take our word for it. Check out the video below:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cyl3kHaQmSo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>On a serious note, Gunter was out there with the Welsh national team to take part in the China cup alongside China, Czech Republic and Uruguay. It was a special week for the right-back as he surpassed the late Gary Speed's record to become his country's most capped outfield player of all time. </p> <p>And he has a fairly decent time of it too. Despite the Royals' lowly form, Gunter played the full 90 minutes against China in their 6-0 win and enjoyed 79 in their defeat against Uruguay in the Final.</p> <p>It was a tough test for Gunter, who had to go up against the likes of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and a side in which <a href="http://www.worldcuptips.com/">World Cup tips</a> are suggesting will challenge into the latter stages.</p> <p>Wales of course narrowly missed out on the World Cup, so it'll be a free summer for Gunter, along with much of the rest of the squad. Only Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has any real hope of being on a plane to Russia, with the Icelandic national team. It'll be their first World Cup tournament, following their incredible journey at Euro 2016, which saw them knock out England. Bodvarsson was a part of that team and will be out to cause a few surprises once again. </p> <p>Elsewhere this week, Anssi Jaakkola remained on the bench for Finland in their draw with Macedonia and Leandro Bacuna got a full 90 minutes for Curacao in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia. Modou Barrow also got a game for The Gambia in their 1-1 draw with Central African Republic.</p> <p>In the next few days, it'll be back to the job in hand as The Royals welcome back their new history maker and a Chinese legend. That counts for nothing though this weekend as Paul Clement looks to turn around Reading's fortunes in the Championship.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/733/Chris_Gunter's_Chinese_Fan_Club_Is_Just_Fantastic 733 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:04:48 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Get First Saturday Home Win Of Season Reading finally managed to win at home on a Saturday for the first time this season, and not a moment too soon. Defeat would have put Reading in deep trouble following Barnsley's home win against Sheffield United in an early kick-off. It was a scrappy game full of niggly, petty fouls, but crucially Mo Barrow reacted first to a cross flicked on by Bodvarsson heading home from close range to give the Royals an early lead which they hung on to with slightly more assured defending that in the recent similarly narrow win at home against QPR. It was Reading's defensive organisation and determination which saw them hold out for the crucial victory. Luke Moore was outstanding winning everything in the air and showing an equally brilliant positional sense to snuff out danger on numerous occasions. <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/070418/Reading_1_Preston_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/070418/Reading_1_Preston_0"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Preston North End 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/735/Reading_Get_First_Saturday_Home_Win_Of_Season 735 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 23:30:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Paul Clement Starts With Vital Win A brilliant solo goal from Sone Aluko, two superb saves from Vito Mannone and a magnificent 'backs to the wall' team defensive effort, gave the Royals a long-awaited victory and three points to ease their relegation fears. New manager Paul Clement had an immediate impact as Reading produced a battling performance worthy of three points. His team selection was fully justified, not least of which the recall of Vito Mannone, who in my opinion had not deserved to be dropped in the first place. It was pulsating game which had both sets of fans on the edge of their seats throughout. It has to be said Rangers played some excellent football, but in spite of dominating the game overall could not find the finish their approach play deserved. In a manic final ten minutes Reading were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Kermorgant, conceded a penalty, which was saved by Mannone, and finally hung on for five minutes of stoppage time to send their fans home happy for the first time in long while. <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300318/Reading_1_QPR_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300318/Reading_1_QPR_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 QPR 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/732/Paul_Clement_Starts_With_Vital_Win 732 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 16:59:20 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Confirmed: Paul Clement Is New Reading Manager Former Swansea City manager Paul Clement has been revealed as the new Reading manager following the sacking of Jaap Stam earlier this week. <br/><br/> In a statement released by the club, confirming Clement has agreed terms, they emphasised his first target is to take Reading into an "eight-game battle" to avoid relegation into League One: <em>"Not only has he coached at some of the greatest clubs in Europe, winning trophies, league titles and European honours and working with some of the greatest players in the world, fundamentally he also has a rich understanding of English football having managed in both the Championship and the Premier League in recent years. Now, everyone at Reading Football Club is fully behind Paul and his squad of players as, together, we initially set our sights on an eight-game battle and continue to strive to the take this club forward."</em> <Br/><Br/> Clement spent a year at Swansea after being appointed at the start of 2017 and being dismissed just before Christmas in the same year. His record at Swansea was mixed, winning 14 of his 41 games in charge, drawing 5 and losing 22. His previous job in management was at Derby County where he was given even less time, again failing to complete a full year in charge, and winning 14 games out of 33. Although his record at Derby was better, and he was dismissed after a poor run, it was reported at the time he was sacked due to his style of unattractive football and his inability to work out the best way to use a large group of players available to him. <Br/><Br/> Opinion is split if Clement is the right man for the job, with his style of management similar to the outgoing Jaap Stam. Clement also enjoyed a positive start at Swansea before results quickly went downhill leading to him being sacked after less than a full 12 months in charge. Swansea were struggling at the foot of the Premier League when Clement arrived and fortunes immediately picked up as the Swans won 5 out of 9 Premier League games to begin a climb up the table. Results dipped before the Welsh side finished the season with four wins out of five to finish in 15th place and well clear of the bottom three. <Br/><Br/> The following season Clement failed to build on his success with a run of just 1 win in 11 games seeing the club show him the door before Christmas. It all feels far too similar to Jaap Stam's time at Reading with the Dutch manager seeing a first season of success as his took Reading into the play-off final before he ran out of ideas with the club plummeting towards the relegation zone. <Br/><Br/> Reading fans will be hoping Clement can provide a similar impact at Reading on arrival and provide a "new manager bounce". If Clement can halt the slide and pick up enough points to guarantee Championship football next season then we will have already achieved at Reading, then next season we will perhaps really see what he can do with this team. <br/><br/> Clement will arrive with the support of the Reading fans, and a couple of wins between now and the end of the season will make him a popular choice. However, if he fails to halt the slide he could see another short tenure added to his managerial statistics. It will be interesting to see if he arrives at Reading on a short term contract or if those in charge at Reading FC believe he is the man long-term. http://www.royals.org/news/731/Confirmed:_Paul_Clement_Is_New_Reading_Manager 731 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:29:43 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Jaap Stam Sacked Jaap Stam has been sacked as Reading manager after a terrible run of form, which has seen the Royals drop to 20th place in the Championship and just three points away from the relegation positions. <br/><br/> Under Stam's guidance the Royals have failed to win in their last nine league games, collecting just four points from a possible 27. Reading are currently on a run of just a single victory - at Burton Albion - from their least 19 league games. That run has seen the Royals sink into a relegation battle with no sign of improvement. Stam had been given plenty of time to turn things around, but with only eight games left to try and avoid relegation he has finally been shown the door. <br/><br/> His dismissal does not come as a huge shock, although many expected him to be given the rest of the season and depart in the summer. The new Reading manager will have a huge job ahead of them as they attempt to avoid the drop with a team struggling with confidence and form. <br/><br/> It has been a dramatic reversal of fortunes for Jaap Stam who guided Reading to an unexpected third place finish in his first season in charge. The Royals were just a few penalty kicks away from the Premier League in the play-off final at Wembley last May, but now are looking at a possible exit to League One football. Stam was given plenty of cash to spend in the transfer windows, but his new signings failed to make the expected impact as Reading struggled to get the results they were able to grind out last season. <br/><br/> <strong>Statement from Reading Football Club:</strong> <br/><br/><em> Reading Football Club announce that Jaap Stam has left his position as manager of the club with immediate effect. <br/><br/> Majority shareholders, Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai, had wanted to give Jaap every opportunity to turn around what has been a difficult and challenging Championship campaign. <br/><br/> Jaap has not wavered in the time, effort and sheer determination he has put in to try to steer the team away from the position we find ourselves in. However, after careful consideration, the decision has been made that a change is now necessary. <br/><br/> We would like to thank Jaap for his hard work and commitment to the club, in particular noting what he achieved in a memorable first season in club management, and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours. <br/><br/> We will now focus on identifying and recruiting the right person to take Reading Football Club forward. </em> <br/><br/> <strong>Stam Sacked - Who's Next?</strong> <ul> <li><A href="http://hobnob.royals.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=144766">Discussion: Next Manager Odds</a></li> <li><a href="http://hobnob.royals.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=144763">Discussion: Who do you want as the new Reading manager?</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/730/Jaap_Stam_Sacked 730 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:08:41 GMT Hob Nob Anyone?