Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:54:02 GMT Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:54:02 GMT 1800 All Change As Reading Face Sheffield United Caretaker managers Scott Marshall and Nigel Gibbs face a tough challenge this Saturday evening as the Royals face sixth placed Sheffield United at the Madejski Stadium for a 5:30pm kick-off. Reading go into the game without a permanent manager and without a "Sporting Director" director after Gianluca Nani followed Paul Clement out of the door. With Nigel Howe returning as Chief Executive of the club it's been big changes in all areas of the management team as the owners look to shake up a club in decline and facing a relegation battle. Clement lasted nine months at the club while Nani lasted just three as the revolving door keeps on spinning at the Madejski Stadium. <br/><br/> Once again our next manager will know they will have very limited time to work miracles before they will find themselves looking for a new position. Rumours continue to fly around on who will be brave enough to take on the role. The early favourites are Steve Bruce, Luis Castro and Slavisa Jokanovic. <br/><br/> Steve Bruce has had a long management career with spells at Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Sunderland, Hull and Aston Villa. In 2012 his Hull City team were promoted to the Premier League in his first season in charge. With Villa struggling in the Championship Bruce came in with some success in his second season - taking them to the play off final but losing out on promotion to Fulham. Bruce was sacked in October 2018 after a bad run saw his home supporters turn on him during a 3-3 draw against bottom side Preston. <br/><br/> Like everyone else we knew nothing about Luis Castro, who is current manager of Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal after having spells at Porto. He is a current favourite after reports his agent has already had conversations with the club about the vacant manager's role. <br/><br/> Slavisa Jokanovic was on the winning side of that 2018 play-off final. Bruce lost his opportunity to manager Aston Villa in the Premier League and instead Jokanovic took his Fulham side up during his third season at the club. As expected Fulham struggled in the top tier and as a result Jokanovic was dismissed. <br/><br/> Former Reading players Graeme Murty and Phil Parkinson are also considered possible contenders. Murty had a mixed spell as Rangers manager last season and Phil Parkinson's stay at Bolton continues despite pressues over finance and league position at the club. The return of either of those former players would receive mixed feelings from the fans. They would obviously be welcomed back, but it would be a shame to harm their reputations in what would be a brutal job as team manager. <br/><br/> With Sheffield United the visitors Scott Marshall might feel he has little to lose on Saturday as the visitors will be favourites for the win. However, their position in the table hides a run of eight games with just two wins. United have 5 points from their last 5 games. Meanwhile the Royals have 6 points from their last 5 fixtures. Yet, talk is still of promotion for the Blades, while the Royals dump their manager amid relegation fears. It's a funny old game. <br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With Sheffield United</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="fixturesh">27 February 2018 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270218.html">Sheff Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270218.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">21 October 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/211017.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/211017.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">26 January 2013 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/260113.html">Sheff Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 4-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/260113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">25 April 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250411.html">Sheff Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250411.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">15 February 2011 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/150211.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/150211.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 January 2010 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260110.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260110.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">22 August 2009 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220809.html">Sheff Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220809.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">10 April 2009 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/100409.html">Sheff Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/100409.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">15 November 2008 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/151108.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/151108.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">20 January 2007 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premiership</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200107.html">Sheff Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200107.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">16 September 2006 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premiership</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160906.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160906.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">14 February 2006 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/140206.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/140206.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/772/All_Change_As_Reading_Face_Sheffield_United 772 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:53:30 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Under 23 Manager Marshall Gets Caretaker Role Reading Under 23 manager Scott Marshall will take temporary charge of the first team, working alongside Nigel Gibbs, following the departure of <a href="http://www.royals.org/news/770/Paul_Clement_Gets_The_Sack_">Paul Clement who was sacked this morning</a>. Marshall and Gibbs lead training this morning as the team prepare for Saturday's visit of Sheffield United to the Madejski Stadium. The success of Reading's U23 side is well known, with his team going on a 14 match unbeaten run. Marshall will know plenty of the first team squad well with some of his players starting to get regular first team action under Paul Clement before he was shown the door. <br/><Br/> Marshall arrived at Reading in September 2017 after spending nine years at Arsenal as a player. After moving to Wycombe, he then took a coaching role at the club before coaching at Brentford and then overseas in Oman. After taking charge of the U21 development squad at Norwich City he became assistant at Aston Villa in 2013. It was while at Aston Villa he managed a single match as caretaker boss - a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Leicester City in February 2015. If he can replicate his previous single game success as caretaker manager on Saturday and get a win it would only be Reading's fifth league win of the season so far. <br/><br/> Marshall is unlikely to be inline for the permanent job at this stage. The timing of Clement's sacking, with things starting to pick up at the club, suggests that someone must already be on their radar as a replacement. http://www.royals.org/news/771/Under_23_Manager_Marshall_Gets_Caretaker_Role 771 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:55:17 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Paul Clement Gets The Sack Paul Clement has been sacked as Reading manager in what comes as a shock announcement from the club this morning. Clement's dismissal comes just a day after former Vice Chairman Nigel Howe was appointed as Chief Executive on a permanent basis. <br/><Br/> Reading fans were starting to think a corner had been turned with a reasonable set of recent results after a poor start to the season. It was widely expected that Clement would be given more time to turn things around. His sacking follows a run of just a single defeat in the last five game. That defeat was a narrow 0-1 reverse at Leeds United, where we missed a late penalty which would have shared the points. It is obviously a very fine line between success and failure as a football league manager. <br/><Br/> Clement arrived at Reading in March this year with the club already in steady decline following a disappointing follow up to an appearance at Wembley in the play-off final the season before. Under the charge of Jaap Stam the football had become stale, crowds, like our league position were starting to drop, and a change was clearly needed. Clement was unable to stop that decline in his limited time at the club. <br/><br/> Unfortunately for Clement his time in charge at Reading will go down as one of the worst records of any Reading manager. His thirty games in charge returned 7 wins, 8 draws and 15 defeats. Despite that poor record, Clement was turning into a popular character with his honest assessments of both his and the teams performance. <Br/><br/> Some will be pleased the club have acted quickly in making a change - the Championship table does not lie. However, many will believe chopping and changing the manager so frequently does nothing for the stability of the club, and it is disappointing he wasn't given more time in charge. We can only assume the management of the club already have strong plans in place for Clement's successor. <br/><br/> <strong>Club Statement:</strong> <br/><br/> <em> Reading Football Club can announce that Paul Clement has left his position as manager of the club with immediate effect. <br/><br/> Clement was appointed towards the end of March and earned two victories and a final day draw in Cardiff which proved enough to secure the club its Championship status at the end of a challenging 2017-18 campaign. <br/><br/> However, following five wins in the first 22 league and cup matches of 2018-19, owners Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai have made the difficult decision that the time is now right to make a change. <br/><br/> We would like to thank Paul for his hard work during his time as manager of Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours. <br/><br/> CEO Nigel Howe will now seek to swiftly identify and appoint a new manager who will fit the Reading mould, build a team which can deliver performances and results that will help us climb the Championship table and lead the club towards promotion in the future. <br/><br/> The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible. </em> <br/><br/> <table cellpadding=3 cellspacing=1 width=95%><tr><td colspan=15 class=table_a>Clement's Departure: Table as it stood on 06 December 2018</td></tr><tr><td class=table_b>&nbsp;</td><td class=table_b>&nbsp;</td><td class=table_b>Pl</td><td class=table_b>HW</td><td class=table_b>HD</td><td class=table_b>HL</td><td class=table_b>HF</td><td class=table_b>HA</td><td class=table_b>AW</td><td class=table_b>AD</td><td class=table_b>AL</td><td class=table_b>AF</td><td class=table_b>AA</td><td class=table_b>GD</td><td class=table_b>POINTS</td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >19</td><td class=table_3 ><a class=table_3 href="recent_meetings.php?inteam=Hull">Hull</a></td><td class=table_3 >20</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >5</td><td class=table_3 >7</td><td class=table_3 >11</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >5</td><td class=table_3 >12</td><td class=table_3 >17</td><td class=table_3 >-9</td><td class=table_3 > 20 </td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >20</td><td class=table_3 ><a class=table_3 href="recent_meetings.php?inteam=Rotherham">Rotherham</a></td><td class=table_3 >20</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >5</td><td class=table_3 >1</td><td class=table_3 >14</td><td class=table_3 >11</td><td class=table_3 >0</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >7</td><td class=table_3 >5</td><td class=table_3 >19</td><td class=table_3 >-11</td><td class=table_3 > 20 </td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >21</td><td class=table_3 style='color:#FF0000;' ><a class=table_3 style='color:#FF0000;' href="recent_meetings.php?inteam=READING">READING</a></td><td class=table_3 >20</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >5</td><td class=table_3 >16</td><td class=table_3 >15</td><td class=table_3 >1</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >5</td><td class=table_3 >10</td><td class=table_3 >17</td><td class=table_3 >-6</td><td class=table_3 > 18 </td></tr> <tr><td class=table_4 >22</td><td class=table_4 ><a class=table_4 href="recent_meetings.php?inteam=Millwall">Millwall</a></td><td class=table_4 >20</td><td class=table_4 >4</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 >16</td><td class=table_4 >14</td><td class=table_4 >0</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 >7</td><td class=table_4 >8</td><td class=table_4 >19</td><td class=table_4 >-9</td><td class=table_4 > 18 </td></tr> <tr><td class=table_4 >23</td><td class=table_4 ><a class=table_4 href="recent_meetings.php?inteam=Bolton">Bolton</a></td><td class=table_4 >20</td><td class=table_4 >2</td><td class=table_4 >2</td><td class=table_4 >6</td><td class=table_4 >6</td><td class=table_4 >14</td><td class=table_4 >2</td><td class=table_4 >4</td><td class=table_4 >4</td><td class=table_4 >7</td><td class=table_4 >12</td><td class=table_4 >-13</td><td class=table_4 > 18 </td></tr> <tr><td class=table_4 >24</td><td class=table_4 ><a class=table_4 href="recent_meetings.php?inteam=Ipswich">Ipswich</a></td><td class=table_4 >20</td><td class=table_4 >0</td><td class=table_4 >6</td><td class=table_4 >4</td><td class=table_4 >9</td><td class=table_4 >15</td><td class=table_4 >1</td><td class=table_4 >2</td><td class=table_4 >7</td><td class=table_4 >8</td><td class=table_4 >20</td><td class=table_4 >-18</td><td class=table_4 > 11 </td></tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/770/Paul_Clement_Gets_The_Sack_ 770 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:11:55 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Light At The End Of The Tunnel There has not been much to shout about over the past eighteen months for the Royals after their play-off Final defeat against Huddersfield Town. Near relegation and turmoil in the boardroom has left the club in a mess. After Chief Executive Ron Gourlay's departure, could there be light at the end of this dark tunnel at Reading Football Club? <br/><br/> Andy Rinomhota and Danny Loader have both been given chances recently. This might be the start of forming a club identity that is known for putting faith in academy players. There are few things that are more satisfying in football than seeing 'one of your own' going on to make first team appearances for the club. <br/><br/> I have been incredibly impressed with Rinomhota, being signed from non-league side AFC Portchester. His energy and forward runs have been incredibly encouraging for the fans. His superb televised performance at Elland Road against Leeds United emphasised this. This signing is proving to be a real coup by Reading, a 2005-06-eque signing. We had several cheap gems that we unearthed in that season, including Kevin Doyle, Shane Long and Stephen Hunt. Danny Loader is another youngster who has recently been included in the first team. Featuring regularly for England at youth level, he has the potential to go on and make himself a big name in the footballing world if he carries on his rapid development. <br/><br/> Both Rinomhota and Loader did not look out of their depth at Championship level, and this is something that could encourage Paul Clement to put even more faith in youth. We are clearly proud of our academy system, having a category one status and seeing a number of former graduates go on to play in the Premier League. This pride was emphasised on Saturday with the unveiling of an academy board, displaying all the academy graduates that have gone on to make a senior appearance for the first team. <br/><br/> One of the most exciting things about this academy board is the fact that there is more room on the display for more players to go on and make it to the first team, providing an inspiration to the younger players who have not yet had the honour to play a senior game. Scottish youth international Tom McIntyre was on the bench for the Royals after injuries to Paul McShane, Liam Moore and John O'Shea. He will be hoping to be the next player that makes it on that board. <br/><br/> With the departure of Ron Gourlay, Nigel Howe has been re-appointed as the CEO on a temporary basis. Whilst I think we need to move forward, it is reassuring that we have Howe back in charge for the short term, to provide some stability after a rocky eighteen months. He was there on Saturday for the academy display unveiling. Co-majority shareholder Dai Xiu Li was also present at the unveiling. This is very encouraging considering that the owners have been rarely seen since they bought the club back in May 2017. In a club statement from Ms Dai, she stated that herself and Howe will run the club on a day-to-day basis temporarily. It is so reliving to hear that Dai Xi Li has a more hands-on role at the club, at this moment in time. Whether this will continue after the appointment of a new CEO remains to be seen. <br/><br/> The release of this club statement was such a small thing, but it makes a huge difference. The fact that the owners are aware that Reading fans need a club statement from them shows that they are interested in taking this club forward now, if they were not already before. <br/><br/> Now to on the pitch matters, the fact that Reading now have the fighting spirit to come back from a losing position in the dying seconds shows that we have a bit of fight. No matter how poor our squad is at this moment in time, we have the ability to come back to claim crucial points. If we can somehow turn some of these draws in to wins, we could be on course for a more encouraging second half to the season. <br/><br/> Are we starting to get our club back? Perhaps this is the start of it. http://www.royals.org/news/769/Light_At_The_End_Of_The_Tunnel 769 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:22:43 GMT Adam Jones Royals Get Manchester United In FA Cup - Again Reading have been drawn away at Premier League side Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup. It will be the second time in three seasons that the two sides have met at Old Trafford at this stage of the competition. Our last meeting was very one sided as United <a href="http://www.royals.org/matdoc/070117.html">cruised to a straight forward 4-0 home victory over Reading</a>. Rooney started the scoring after just seven minutes and from that point there was only going to be one result. Martial added the second and two second half goals from Marcus Rashford ended a disappointing day for the Royals. We will be hoping for better things this time round, but our league form suggests we could be in for another difficult trip up North. The game will take place on the weekend of Saturday 5 January 2019. <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Recent Meetings With Manchester United</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">07 January 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/070117.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/070117.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">16 March 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premier League</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160313.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160313.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">18 February 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/180213.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/180213.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">01 December 2012 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premier League</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011212.html">Man Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 3-4</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011212.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">19 January 2008 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premiership</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190108.html">Man Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190108.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">12 August 2007 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premiership</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120807.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120807.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">27 February 2007 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270207.html">Man Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270207.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">17 February 2007 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170207.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170207.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">30 December 2006 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premiership</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/301206.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/301206.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">23 September 2006 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premiership</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230906.html">Man Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230906.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">27 January 1996 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270196.html">Man Utd (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270196.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> &nbsp;<br/> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" colspan=2><strong>Reading and Man Utd - Head to head record (since August 1994)</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Games Between Reading and Man Utd</td> <td class="fixtures graytext">11</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" bgcolor="#E4E4FF" align="right">Reading Wins</td> <td class="fixtures bluetext">0</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Man Utd Wins</td> <td class="fixtures burgtext">8</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Draws</td> <td class="fixtures graytext">3</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" bgcolor="#E4E4FF" align="right">Reading Goals</td> <td class="fixtures bluetext">10</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Man Utd Goals</td> <td class="fixtures burgtext">24</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Average Goals Per Game</td> <td class="fixtures graytext">3.09</td> </tr> <!--tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Average Score</td> <td class="fixtures">Reading 1 Man Utd 2 &nbsp;</td> </tr--> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/768/Royals_Get_Manchester_United_In_FA_Cup_-_Again 768 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:12:56 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Late Barrow Goal Earns Point A last minute equaliser from Mo Barrow gave Reading a well-deserved point against an in form and very strong City side. Having taken the lead just before half time courtesy of Mark McNulty's first goal for Reading, the Royals lost their way in a disastrous spell after the interval. Sloppy defending provided Afobe with the chance to atone for a missing a sitter early in the game by leveling the scores. A spectacular volley from Ince gave the visitors the lead and they looked likely to push on and win the game comfortably. The introduction of Meite, Baldock and Barrow revitalised a flagging Royals attack. They came close to finding the equaliser on a couple of occasions before Meite set up Barrow for fine finish with very little stoppage time remaining. I think most Reading fans would have settled for a point before what looked to be a very difficult fixture. <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/011218/Reading_2_Stoke_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/011218/Reading_2_Stoke_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Stoke City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/767/Late_Barrow_Goal_Earns_Point 767 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:00:55 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Off To Wigan After Eventful Week It has been an eventful week at Reading Football Club after Chief executive Ron Gourlay left the club after a disappointing 16 months in charge. Reading's downward spiral continued with Gourlay in charge. Crowds have continued to drop alongside our standing in the league, and it is far from happy times at Reading Football Club. Nicky Hammond has ruled himself out of a return, and speculation continues as to how much longer Paul Clement will be in left in charge of managing the team. <br/><br/> Clement takes his struggling side to Wigan this weekend knowing a defeat could have big consequences as the owners shuffle things around behind the scenes. Wigan are favourites for the victory and it's difficult to see past that as Reading have picked up just six points away from home all season. You can try this <a href="https://www.book-bonus-code.co.uk/football-index-referral-code/" target="_blank">football index referral code</a> if you'd rather avoid betting on a Reading defeat. <br/><br/> It's not all doom and gloom though - the Royals are out of the relegation zone after four points from their last two games. The home win against Bristol City and the 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town was a reasonable return despite the disappointment of failing to beat the Championship's bottom club. Those two games would certainly be considered easier fixtures on paper compared to the run ahead. After this weekend's game at Wigan we have to travel to third placed Leeds United on Tuesday night. <br/><br/> The game at the DW Stadium might be viewed as an opportunity to pick up some points if we are serious about avoiding relegation. The Latics are on a run of four straight defeats in the league. However, although they say statistics don't lie, their last three defeats have all come against teams in the top four in the Division. There's no shame in away defeats at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough. <br/><br/> Reading still have a number of injuries ahead of the trip to Wigan and Mo Barrow is a new addition to the list as he is likely to miss out due to illness. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Vito Mannone, Omar Richards, and Paul McShane are all still out of action. <br/><br/> Meanwhile Chris Gunter will hope to be involved after breaking the record as Wales' most capped player on Tuesday night. Gunter has now clocked up a massive 93 appearances for his country and is already considered something of a legend in Wales. Wales were beaten 0-1 by Albania as Gunter played the full ninety minutes and picked up a yellow card as he entered the Welsh history books. http://www.royals.org/news/766/Royals_Off_To_Wigan_After_Eventful_Week 766 Fri, 23 Nov 2018 12:08:59 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Meite Shows Why He Deserved New Contract There were more than a few eyebrows raised when striker Yakou Meite was awarded a huge new four year contract at the start of October. At the time it was fair to say that, despite his effort, Meite was hardly looking like the kind of player to be regularly banging the goals in. Shortly after signing his new deal he has gone on to score six goals in just five Championship games. It feels like Meite has come from nowhere to find himself working his way up the Championship's top goalscorers list. It wouldn't be a bad idea to <a href="https://bookie-bonus-code.co.uk/request-a-bet/" target="_blank">request a bet</a> on Meite finishing as the Division's top scorer. Brentford's Neal Maupay leads the scoring charts with 12 goals, so Meite has plenty of ground to make up, but Brentford's form has dipped after losing their manager to Aston Villa - while Reading fans remain hopeful of a change of fortunes. <br/><br/> Meite also scored in our 2-0 league cup win over Birmingham but he is starting to look a much improved player since even the start of the season. Meite scored two excellent goals during <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/101118/Reading_2_Ipswich_2">Saturday's 2-2 draw with Ipswich</a>. The first a well taken overhead kick from an angle, the second was a vital goal for a late equaliser when he directed his header into the side of the net. It was the celebration that showed how much it meant to Meite as he charged towards the fans with his arms out wide, quite literally roaring. The goals, the effort and determination, and his clear desire has propelled him to the top of the popularity rankings at Reading Football Club. As John Wells put in his report of the Ipswich game: "Without Meite's contribution in terms of goals and work rate in recent games Reading would be in much deeper trouble by now." <br/><Br/> After arriving from Paris Saint Germain over two years ago, Meite had limited chances at Reading. After some games in the 2016/2017 season, making 15 appearances and scoring just once, he spent the next season out on loan at French side Sochaux. When he returned to Reading this summer and made his return to the first team expectations weren't exactly high. Meite has proved any doubters wrong and is already paying off the club's faith in him. Speaking after the weekend Meite's confidence is clearly high: "I think I'm on fire at the moment. It's great, I just need to keep on going. This is one of the best parts of my career. I'm scoring consistently and I just need to stay confident." <br/><br/> Meite's form has also earned him an International call up, and he will be hoping to feature for Ivory Coast as they play Guinea on Sunday and Rwanda next Thursday in the Africa Cup of Nations qualification games. After an injury scare before the Ipswich game, when he was declared a doubt to start, Reading fans will be hoping Meite has success with his country but returns full fit and ready to play a part in some tough Championship games. After the International break the Royals travel to Wigan and Leeds hoping to pick up some points to stay out of the bottom three. http://www.royals.org/news/764/Meite_Shows_Why_He_Deserved_New_Contract 764 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:32:40 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Draw Takes Reading Out Of Bottom Three Reading climbed out of the relegation zone with a draw against bottom of the league Ipswich Town. Under recently appointed manager Paul Lambert, Town presented more of a challenge that many had expected. As so often happens under a new manager Ipswich were galvanised by Lambert's arrival and started on the front foot. In a chaotic opening ten minutes they took an early lead through Edwards, immediately conceded a brilliant equaliser by Meite, and then regained the lead when Sears took full advantage of some appalling Reading defending. Throughout the first half Reading were sluggish and conceded possession with remarkable regularity, and rarely threatened the visitor's goal. In contrast Ipswich were full of energy and aggression and had Jaakkola not pulled off a couple of smart saves the game would have been over by half time. Thankfully for Reading the second half was a different story. Meite confirmed his status the current home fans' favourite heading a deserved equaliser six minutes from the end and, if Baldock had managed to put away one of the two excellent chances created for him in the final minutes, Reading would have taken all three points from an Ipswich side which by then had well and truly retreated into their shell. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/101118/Reading_2_Ipswich_2"><strong>Read Full Match Report...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/101118/Reading_2_Ipswich_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Ipswich Town 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/763/Draw_Takes_Reading_Out_Of_Bottom_Three 763 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:23:43 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Favourites As Ipswich Visit Reading's solid home form has ensured that they are the favourites to pick up another precious three points when they host Ipswich on Saturday. The Royals are already facing up to the prospect of a long battle against relegation, but fans can take some solace from their results at the Madejski Stadium. They beat Bristol City 3-2 at the weekend to make it three wins out of their last four home games and that should give the players confidence. Ipswich sit bottom of the table and this really is the sort of game <a href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk" target="_blank">Reading</a> must win if they are to beat the drop. <br/><br/> The <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-sites/" target="_blank">best betting websites</a> have odds on this game and they have Reading as the favourites at 6/5 or 5/4, while the draw is 23/10 and Ipswich are out at 9/4. The Tractor Boys have lost their last two away trips, losing 2-0 to Leeds and 3-0 to Millwall, and their situation looks pretty dire. Three teams go down in the Championship and Ipswich are the clear, odds-on favourites to do so, while Bolton are also odds-on at 8/11 to be relegated. Then Rotherham are 10/11 and Reading are 5/4, so the bookmakers predict the Royals could escape the ignominy of relegation by the skin of their teeth. <br/><br/> Most Reading fans would have been horrified by the prospect of a 21st place finish at the start of the campaign, but a fair few would take it now. They have not been too horrendous on the road, where they have one win and three draws to give them a better away record than six rivals. But at home only Hull, Bolton and Ipswich have fared worse than them. Yet that it down to the fact that they lost their opening four home games of the season. Since then they have staged a bit of a resurgence, beating Bristol, Millwall and Hull. <br/><br/> They desperately need to maintain that momentum and vanquish a relegation rival when <a href="https://www.itfc.co.uk" target="_blank">Ipswich</a> roll into town on Saturday. "I think I can stay another week, which is nice," said beleaguered boss Paul Clement after the win against the Robins at the weekend. "It was an important result, we had lost the previous two games, we were in the bottom three and still are, though it's a little bit tighter so we're not stranded. A lot of pressure has been building because of performances and results, so it's a really good feeling to win at home and hopefully we can use it as a bit of a springboard now which is something we haven't managed to do so far this season." <br/><br/> Clement had his midfielders to thank for the victory over mid-table Bristol City. Liam Kelly and Leandro Bacuna both got on the score sheet and they were purposeful in their running throughout the game, while academy product Andy Rinomhota earned rave reviews for his performance. Yakou Meite should also take encouragement from his goal and Reading now need to discover a modicum of consistency. <br/><br/> They have not won consecutive games for an entire year, as they last picked up back-to-back victories over Barnsley and Sunderland back in November 2017 under Jaap Stam. Clement's team could not have been presented with a better opportunity to end that woeful record as Ipswich have taken just 10 points from 16 games and they are winless in their last four. Ipswich have already lost six of their eight away games this season, and Reading have the ability to gun them down on Saturday. They have already rolled the dice, bringing in Paul Lambert to replace Paul Hurst at the end of October, but the results are yet to pick up and the Royals must ensure it does not happen against them. http://www.royals.org/news/762/Royals_Favourites_As_Ipswich_Visit 762 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:55:04 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Make It Three Home Wins From Four Reading finally produced the kind of performance their fans have been craving all season. Having twice taken the lead, and on each occasion meekly conceded an equaliser shortly afterwards, Reading fans awaited the second half with a degree of apprehension. However today the Royals regained the lead with a superbly created and finished goal midway through the second half, and produced a gritty kind of rearguard action which has seemed beyond them so often this season. Paul Clement must be delighted, and just a little relieved that his team, having scored three very good goals, found sufficient collective will and determination to hold on to their richly deserved lead to claim a valuable three points. The Reading manager, having endured listening to some pretty damning statistics about his team this season, was quick to point out that this was their third win in the last four home games. It was day when everything worked out in the end and the fans responded favourably doing their bit sensing their team had decided enough was enough and were determined not to let this one slip away. <A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/031118/Reading_3_Bristol_C_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/761/Reading_Make_It_Three_Home_Wins_From_Four 761 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:19:40 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Who could replace Paul Clement? <p><img src="/images/paulclement.jpg" style="max-width:100%;" alt="Paul Clement"></p> <p><em>Reading's manager looks to be nearing the exit door, but who can take the reins at The Royals?</em></p> <p><strong>The fate of Reading boss Paul Clement looks to be sealed following a ninth league defeat of the season, after a 2-0 loss at Swansea City last weekend left The Royals in the relegation zone.</strong></p> <p>Reading have won just three of their fifteen Championship games this season and although Clement remains in a job ahead of this weekend's fixture with Bristol City at the Madejski, the 46-year-old's time at the club looks to be numbered. Clement is currently the favourite across <a href="https://www.bettingapps.co.uk/">betting apps</a> sites to be the next Championship manager to leave his position. </p> <p>It would take a monumental turn in fortunes for Clement to survive into the Christmas period, with his side registering just five wins in the league since he took charge in March, against five draws and 13 defeats. Speculation over Clement's future provided the backdrop to defeat at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, with reports suggesting Steve Bruce is being eyed as a potential replacement.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45382413">Bruce was sacked</a> by fellow strugglers Aston Villa in early October and is currently on holiday with family in Barbados, while the 57-year-old has not enjoyed an extended break from the pressures of football management since the first-half of 2012 before joining Hull City. </p> <p>Whilst Bruce is currently the hotly-tipped favourite to take over from Clement therefore, a lot can change in football in a short space of time and should he decided not to jump back in yet, the Reading board will need to have earmarked alternative options. There are however other candidates that Reading could approach to fill the role.</p> <p>Mark Warburton was heavily linked with the Reading job in March before the board instead opted for Clement, but remains out of work since being sacked by Nottingham Forest last New Year's Eve. The 56-year-old former Rangers boss has had plenty of time to plot his next move since and could be refreshed and ready for another stint on the touchline.<br /><Br/> Meanwhile, the experienced Nigel Pearson is another consideration, having previously managed Southampton, Hull City, Derby County and Leicester City, who he twice won promotion with (from League One and the Championship). <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41359610">Pearson is currently the manager of Belgian First Division B side OH Leuven</a>, whom he guided to a second-place finish last season, but was in line for the Middlesbrough job before they appointed Gary Monk last year and may relish the chance to return to England. With Pearson's experience, he could be a shrewd appointment as Reading look to stabilise and beat the drop.<br /><Br/> Whoever takes over from Clement, or even if he somehow manages to hold on to the manager's job, Reading need to start climbing the table fast. They are currently 11/10 with SkyBet to be relegated from the Championship this season, making them fourth favourites to go down at present, highlighting how far they have fallen since Jaap Stam guided them to the play-offs two seasons ago. </p> http://www.royals.org/news/765/Who_could_replace_Paul_Clement? 765 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:00:00 GMT Hob Nob Anyone?