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Rafael Out, Moore Finished As Chaos Continues

17 January 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The chaos continues at Reading after yet another disappointing weekend. Yet again, Reading dropped all three points despite leading 1-0 at Middlesbrough with just six minutes left on the clock. Reading remain three points outside of the bottom three but now only 8 points off the bottom of the table after Derby's great run of form continued. Meanwhile the club put out a surprise statement about defender Liam Moore wanting to leave the club. The statement didn't hold back and effectively implied the highly paid Moore is unlikely to play for the club again, as well as being immediately stripped of his captaincy.

The club statement also confirmed the club are fully supportive of manager Paunovic who is under huge pressure after recent humiliating results, including an FA Cup exit at Kidderminster and a 0-7 home trashing by Fulham. Paunovic has had a massively difficult job with injuries, financial difficulties and points deductions. His contract ends in the summer and the club feel it would make no financial sense to pay off a contract early when another manager is unlikely to have a major impact.

Although not unexpected, goalkeeper Rafael has agreed to terminate his contract with Reading and return to Brazil after dropping out of favour at the club. With Reading's injury list still causing huge problems the squad is now even smaller. Andy Carroll scored Reading's only goal at the weekend and it is not clear if that was his last performance in a Reading shirt - but it was likely it was. There is very little good news coming out of the club right now.


Discussion On This Story:


» 15 Jan 2022 06:51

Where is our captain ? Injured or suspended by the club , on £35 k a week and we hear nothing !


» 15 Jan 2022 07:40

Apparently according to my sources inside the club and 1st team, he won't be playing again for a while He is at the centre of a race row at the club apparently with another few parties.


» 15 Jan 2022 08:09

Surely with only one fit defender he should either be playing or not receiving his salary !


» 15 Jan 2022 08:14

It kind of doesn't work like that Derek

 Royals and Racers

» 15 Jan 2022 09:26

He is injured- think he had an operation and is recovering and i think is a couple of weeks away from returning.


» 15 Jan 2022 11:44

Yes although there are other issues which Spizzy alluded to a while ago.

 KC Royal

» 15 Jan 2022 20:32

Yes although there are other issues which Spizzy alluded to a while ago.

The other night Pauno also referred to other issues, which he wasn't prepared to go into.


» 15 Jan 2022 20:43

I wish I knew and could say more…(I don’t and won’t) ….but our so-called Team Captain…holds too much sway amongst our ‘easily-led’ squad.

Not a Team Captain that I will ever remember with endearment.

 KC Royal

» 15 Jan 2022 20:53

Starting to get a reminder of 2008 and a certain incident that was mentioned in The Secret Footballer book. I did some digging on here and posted in the SF thread, but i think said player wasn't actually injured at the time but was actually suspended for the month of March that season, and has basically distanced himself from the club ever since he left...


» 15 Jan 2022 21:06


» 15 Jan 2022 21:09

Uhh oxf*rd what, how about he oxf*rd off and agrees to a contract termination if he doesn't want to be here?


» 15 Jan 2022 21:10

Didn’t expect that statement :shock:

To think we could have made serious money on him some seasons back, get him gone ASAP

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