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, 21 Feb 2019 08:25:48 GMT Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:25:48 GMT 1800 Reading Out Of Bottom Three With Dramatic Win An outstanding finish from Nelson Oliveira gave Reading the win they desperately needed as they climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since Boxing Day. Rovers dominated possession in the first half, flooding the midfield and stifling any attempts by the Royals to play their passing game. Then in stoppage time a penetrative run and pass by Yiadom found Swift in the box, who shifted the ball out of his feet and squeezed the ball past 'keeper Raya inside the far post. <br/><br/> Reading came out for the second half on the front foot and, with Meite replacing Aluko, looked a far more potent attacking force. Inside the last ten minutes Bell broke through on the left and levelled the scores giving Reading fans that familiar sinking feeling. Rovers were in the ascendency and sensed they might even push on to take all three points. Oliveira had other ideas, and when Swift's excellent long ball found him deep in the Rovers half he ran at the visitors defence, cut inside the centre back, and hammered the ball past Raya. The Madejski Stadium erupted as the home fans acclaimed what proved to be the winning goal. <br/><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130219/Reading_2_Blackburn_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130219/Reading_2_Blackburn_1"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Blackburn Rovers 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/786/Reading_Out_Of_Bottom_Three_With_Dramatic_Win 786 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:29:08 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Work Hard For Point There was a noticeably more positive and confident mood amoungst the home fans today than in recent games, which mirrored a much improved attitude within this radically changed Reading team. Up against very strong Villa side with realistic promotion ambitions, the Royals played with a conviction and belief which has been frequently lacking this season. There was no evidence of the weakness which surfaced again earlier in the week when two points were dropped as the defence leaked a stoppage time equaliser to fellow strugglers Bolton. <br/><br/> After an evenly contested first half in which Reading had more possession, Villa launched a sustained assault on the home side immediately after half time. Reading dug in stubbornly to keep Villa at bay, and only in the final phase of the game did they eventually begin to threaten their opponent's goal. Only five attempts on target (three from Villa and two from Reading) were registered in the entire game, although it was far from a dull goalless draw. <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/020219/Reading_0_Aston_Villa_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/020219/Reading_0_Aston_Villa_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Aston Villa 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/785/Reading_Work_Hard_For_Point 785 Sun, 03 Feb 2019 17:58:21 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? 17 Games to Save The Season Not since the 2001/02 season has Reading Football club plied its trade in the third tier of English football, but a downward curve over the last 18 months has a very real chance of catching the Royals out and condemning them to relegation.<br /><br /> With 17 games left to go in the Championship, Reading find themselves a point adrift of safety and, with everything on the line, those who like to seek out the <a href="https://www.olbg.com/bookmakers/articles/best-for-high-stakes">best bookie for betting with high stakes</a> may want to chat to the Reading board as relegation for the former Premier League outfit would be a disaster. <br /><br /> Already the Royals have <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46467268">dismissed Paul Clement this season</a> after a dismal first half of the campaign led him to be replaced by Portuguese José Manuel Gomes who has so far recorded just one win from seven games.<br /><br /> However, before the death knell is rung, the season is far from over and a glance at the remaining games, one can see where Reading may yet save their season and start the summer rebuilding process for another campaign in England's second tier.<br /><br /> <strong>Where Will Reading Get Another 20 Points from?</strong><br /><br /> During the 2017/18 Championship season, Bolton were the side that finished one place above the drop zone in 21st with 43. The Royals currently have 24 points from 29 games meaning they need a remarkable improvement if they are to achieve nearly the same number of points again only in twelve games less.<br /><br /> What that means is José Manuel Gomes may need to raise his sides average points per game from its current 0.83 to 1.18 if they are to achieve survival.  Therefore Reading must start finding some wins rather than draws.<br /><br /> Ironically, the Royals have just played Bolton, who themselves are one spot below Reading in the table and in need of their own miracle.  <br /><br /> The game was a real six pointer, which neither side managed to take advantage of, although Bolton will come out of the game the happier after such a late equaliser that could be vital in their survival hopes. The draw probably wasn't enough for Reading.<br /><br /> The table does not lie and not every side will go on a much-needed winning run. Bolton still have the headache of the FA Cup to contend with and have won only one of their last nine home games in the league.  With Ipswich seemingly down, Reading will have to get better results than both Bolton and Rotherham. <br /><br /> The Royals also still face their second legs over both rock bottom Ipswich Town and 21st placed Rotherham United with all three games against Bolton, Rotherham, Ipswich occurring no later than the 3rd March.<br /><br /> It is imperative that the Royals pick up wins over Rotherham and Ipswich as four of their final six fixtures are against sides currently in the top seven and all fighting for promotion. <br /><br /> The final home tie against Birmingham City could well be crucial and 90 minutes of football that will decide Reading's fate for the 2019/20 season with the relegation fight going down to the wire.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/784/17_Games_to_Save_The_Season 784 Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:08:41 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Bacuna, McNulty And Meyler Depart Leandro Bacuna has signed for Premier League strugglers Cardiff City for a rumoured three million pounds as Royals boss Jose Gomes had a player clear out on transfer deadline day. Bacuna leaves Reading after one and a half season's at the club, arriving from Aston Villa in the summer of 2017. Bacuna made 66 appearances in a Reading shirt and scored five times. <br/><Br/> Striker Marc McNulty was also out of the door, signing on loan for Scottish side Hibernian after failing to make an impact at Reading. After Paul Clement signed him in the summer from Coventry he has managed just six starts and only scored a single goal. Meanwhile out of favour David Meyler moves to Coventry City on loan until the end of the season. <br/><Br/> The three players leave after Gomes saw Tiago Ilori move back to Sporting Lisbon on a permanent move earlier this week. Fellow defender Gabriel Osho also heads out on loan to Bristol City as Gomes slims down his squad. <br/><br/> Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers saw Gomes hand debuts to new signings striker Nelson Oliveira, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, and central defender Matt Miazga. All three players come into the club on loan - Oliveira from Norwich City, Martinez from Arsenal and Miazga from Chelsea. <br/><br/> It has been a busy week at Reading, and the departures follow the three new players coming in to make a very different looking starting eleven on Tuesday night. It appeared to be a positive move as Reading looked set to pick-up a rare three points until a stoppage time Bolton equaliser. Oliveira scored his first goal in nearly a year from the penalty spot and it had looked to be enough. <br/><br/> With Oliveira and Miazga coming in, it is no surprise that McNulty and Ilori were allowed to leave. Osho leaves to pick up experience and you feel he may have a future at Reading. However, it is disappointing to lose Leandro Bacuna who has looked a decent player in recent months. http://www.royals.org/news/783/Bacuna,_McNulty_And_Meyler_Depart 783 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 23:17:45 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Positive Performance As Gomes Gets His First Win Any doubts about the positive impact of Jose Gomes on Reading Football Club were dispelled by this result, and more significantly, by this performance. Bolstered by the signing of two promising young midfield players (Ovie Ejaria and Lewis Baker) on loan, Reading took control of the game from the kick off and outplayed a strong Forest side in every department. They played with an energy and enthusiasm which has been noticeably absent for a very long time. As a team they were unrecognisable from the group of players which has so frequently failed to deliver this season. Jose Gomez clearly has many attributes which indicate he will be successful, but from what I can see, there is one fundamental difference from his recent predecessors. He simply expects more from his players. He is confident, positive, personable and knowledgeable, but I suspect also, behind the scenes. Single- minded and utterly ruthless when it comes to the way he manages his squad. Already several players have gone and it would appear there are more on their way soon. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120119/Reading_2_Nottm_Forest_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120119/Reading_2_Nottm_Forest_0"><strong>Reading 2 Nottingham Forest 0</strong> - Report and Opinion</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/782/Positive_Performance_As_Gomes_Gets_His_First_Win 782 Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:40:44 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Downward Spiral Gathers Pace Under Gomes Matters came to head this afternoon when Reading, in front of their own fans were humiliated by a useful, but nevertheless, mid table Championship side. You do not have to be genius to work out there are significant problems at Reading Football Club on and off the pitch, and not just this season. The underlying issue is that certain individuals within the hierarchy of the club with insufficient knowledge and understanding of the game are making decisions which are clearly in the long term not going to take the club in the right direction. The debate in the media typifies the absurdity of the situation the club now finds itself in. Clearly in November they felt the problem was the manager. Newly appointed Chief Executive Nigel Howe made his mark immediately. Paul Clement was blamed and then sacked for not producing the desirable results, ironically after his team had just begun to show signs of improvement. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/010119/Reading_1_Swansea_4"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/010119/Reading_1_Swansea_4"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Swansea City 4</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/781/Downward_Spiral_Gathers_Pace_Under_Gomes 781 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:30:23 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Mixed Emotions As Middlesbrough Win - Report It was a day of mixed emotions for Reading fans as they watched their team frustratingly lose a game in which their performance deserved at least a point. A relatively small crowd found their voices as The Royals young team found their feet and dominated the second half of game they might easily have won. A typically physical and unimaginative Tony Pulis side, aided by some dubious refereeing, kept Reading at bay, and then took advantage of a defensive lapse late in the game to snatch all three points. Results elsewhere went Reading's way keeping them out of the bottom three. Shortly after the final whistle news broke of the appointment of Jose Gomes as the new manager rendering any analysis of Scott Marshall's recent run of one point from three games irrelevant. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/221218/Reading_0_Middlesbro_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a><ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/221218/Reading_0_Middlesbro_1"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Middlesbrough 1</a> </li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/780/Mixed_Emotions_As_Middlesbrough_Win_-_Report 780 Sun, 23 Dec 2018 10:03:42 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Gomes Confirmed As Manager - Gibbs, Beasant Sacked Reading confirmed the arrival of Jose Gomes as first team manager this evening. Gomes was widely expected to be announced as Paul Clement's replacement during the week but his arrival was delayed while Reading agreed compensation with his previous club Portuguese side Rio Ave. There remains a big mystery on why Reading were so set on Gomes - and he leaves his previous club without a win in five matches. Gomes has struggled to hold down any first team managers job for any length of time and has a very non-descript record as he comes to Reading. Gomes was announced immediately after Scott Marshall took charge of the Royals for the last time as they were beaten 0-1 at home by Middlesbrough. <br/><br/> Marshall will now return to the Under 23 team where he has enjoyed huge success as manager. His record as caretaker will show a single point from three league games and he passes control over to Gomes, with Reading out of the relegation positions only on goal difference. However the defeat against Middlesbrough was harsh on the Royals as another goal late in the game denied Reading at least a point. With further injuries to what might have been his first choice eleven, Marshall put more faith in his young players. Gabriel Osho stepped up into the centre of defence and made a very impressive debut as Reading showed pace, and confidence to start attacking moves out of defence. <br/><br/> Middlesbrough came to Reading as a team chasing promotion but it was the home side that looked the better side in the first half. It was only after the break that Middlesbrough started to look dangerous. After failing to trouble the Royals in the first half the late goal almost felt inevitable again - such is the luck of a side at the wrong end of the table. Middlesbrough's 77th minute winner could have been followed up by another as Reading faded out when they had looked good to get something out of the game earlier on. <br/><br/> Shortly after Gomes was confirmed as manager, the club confirmed that assistant managers and coaches Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi had been sacked. Goalkeeping coach Dave Beasant also has left the club as Jose Gomes brings in his new staff. Gibbs spent seven years at Reading from 2006 and only returned earlier this year to join Paul Clement. It is very disappointing to see the club immediately dispose of his services. Dave Beasant had been with the club for over 3 years and had done excellent recent work with Jaakkola. With the recent return of Nigel Howe, it is huge changes at all levels of management at the club and all the way down to the coaching staff. <br/><br/> Gomes leaves Rio Ave after winning 5 of his 16 games in charge, which is better than the 1 out of 13 games he won while manager of Baniyas in Abu Dhabi. Nigel Howe however is confident in his record: "He brings new energy, excitement and impetus to Reading and, importantly, he boasts a reputation of creating winning teams with an exciting brand of football. We have been able to secure the services of a manager with a very impressive reputation in his native Portugal." <br/><br/> It is a big step into the unknown with the new management team - and no one knows which direction we might be heading. What seems certain is that Gomes has a lot to prove to the Reading fans and will have to get off to a good start. Reading travel to Millwall on Boxing Day to play the team one place below them in the table in what should be an interesting introduction to life in the Championship for Gomes. The simple fact is that if Reading are defeated they will be in huge trouble in the bottom three and Gomes will have an epic job ahead of him to save his new club dropping into League One. http://www.royals.org/news/779/Gomes_Confirmed_As_Manager_-_Gibbs,_Beasant_Sacked 779 Sat, 22 Dec 2018 22:57:49 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Marshall Set To Take Third Game As Caretaker Reading are set to remain under the management of caretaker boss Scott Marshall this Saturday as they entertain Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium. With Reading still to appoint a new manager, Marshall will take his third game in charge hoping to avoid overseeing his Reading team drop into the relegation positions at Christmas. The Royals are currently outside of the bottom three on goal difference only, and both Millwall and Bolton could overtake Reading if they pick up more points than Reading. Millwall head to Stoke City tomorrow before facing Reading at The Den on Boxing Day in what is a real six pointer. Meanwhile, Bolton, a point behind the Royals travel to strugglers Brentford. Bolton are on a run of 12 games without a win to heap the pressure on former Reading midfielder Phil Parkinson. <br/><br/> Parkinson was a firm favourite to leave Bolton and take the vacant managers position at Reading until Jose Gomes was approached by Reading earlier this week. Gomes is understood to be willing to come to Reading but contracts are yet to be agreed. Rio Ave are still negotiating compensation for the possible departure of their manager who is without a win in six games - a run in which his side have conceded three goals per game on average. The capture of Gomes as manager appears to be a costly and time consuming task to secure a manager who fails to tick the boxes as someone ready to fight relegation into League One. Why Reading FC are so fixed on Gomes, despite the costs and risks, is unknown. We would have to assume someone at the club is confident that Gomes is the man to turn Reading's fortunes around and guide us up the table. <br/><br/> Middlesbrough fans are almost as unhappy as follows of Reading after seeing their automatic promotion push fizzle out with a run of just two points from four league games, followed by an embarrassing 0-1 home defeat against League One Burton Albion in the League Cup this week. Reading of course are on a run of six league games without a win. The Royals came close last weekend but failed to pick up the three points at Rotherham after the Millers grabbed a late equaliser. The two teams form may be similar, but the difference is that Middlesbrough are still inside the play-off positions and will remain favourites to return to winning ways at the expense of the Royals. <br/><br/> Jon Dadi Bodvarsson will be expected to play after playing for the Under 23s in the week, although he may still start from the bench. Vito Mannone also appeared in that match but is unlikely to displace Jaakkola who should retain his starting place in goal after some excellent recent performances. Tom McIntyre made his first team default last weekend in that draw at Rotherham and will be hoping to retain his place and make his first senior appearance in front of his home fans. <h3>Recent Meetings With Middlesbrough</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">10 February 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100218.html">Middlesbro (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100218.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">28 October 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/281017.html">Middlesbro (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/281017.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">12 April 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120416.html">Middlesbro (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120416.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">03 October 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/031015.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/031015.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">10 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/100115.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/100115.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">30 August 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/300814.html">Middlesbrough (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/300814.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">22 April 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220414.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220414.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">29 December 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/291213.html">Middlesbrough (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/291213.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">25 February 2012 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/250212.html">Middlesbrough (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/250212.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">01 October 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011011.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011011.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">05 March 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/050311.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 5-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/050311.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">18 September 2010 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/180910.html">Middlesbrough (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/180910.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">20 March 2010 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200310.html">Middlesbrough (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200310.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">03 October 2009 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/031009.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/031009.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">01 March 2008 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premiership</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/010308.html">Middlesbrough (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/010308.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">01 December 2007 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premiership</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011207.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011207.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">24 February 2007 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premiership</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240207.html">Middlesbrough (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240207.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">19 August 2006 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premiership</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190806.html">Middlesbrough (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190806.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/778/Marshall_Set_To_Take_Third_Game_As_Caretaker 778 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:40:42 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Expected To Announce Jose Gomes Reading appear set to confirm the appointment of Portuguese Jose Gomes as team manager, following the sacking of Paul Clement two weeks ago. After a number of names being linked with the role, including former club legend and now Bolton manager Phil Parkinson, the club appear to be going for a man virtually unknown in England. <br/><Br/> A comparison of Clement and Gomes would appear to make Paul Clement a much better bet as Reading manager, but should Gomes be named manager then, despite the doubts, he would initially get the support of Reading fans. It's hard not to feel disappointed both by the departure of Clement, when there were promising signs, and the possible appointment of Gomes. Obviously time will tell but it feels like there may well be further tough times ahead for Reading fans. <br/><Br/> Rumours have been circulating all week that Jose Gomes had been offered the role. He became the favourite with book makers early in the week after he confirmed that he had been spoken with Reading. The week has been spent negotiating a settlement with Gomes' current club Rio Ave, and Reading have increased their offer which is now believed to be one million Euros. <br/><Br/> Gomes stated earlier in the week that he wished to stay with his current club, but he may have found the financial offer too good to turn down. His managerial record is mixed. Rio Ave are sixth in the table and started the season well but their form has dropped off and they have picked up just two points from their last five league games. As well as his poor recent league form he may have finished his work at Rio Ave with a 2-5 defeat against Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Cup. There is also the issue that he has jumped around so many different clubs during his career and has a massive list of managerial jobs despite being just 48 years old. <br/><Br/> He has been assistant at Porto, Malaga and Panathinaikos, before spending just over a year in Hungary. He managed two sides in Saudi Arabia between 2014 and 2016 before a four month spell at Baniyas in the United Arab Emirates. While at Baniyas he managed just a single win and a draw from 13 matches in charge. He returned to his former club Al-Taawoun as a result but his record there was much worse than his previous spell in charge and he lasted just over a year before moving on again and back to Portugal to manager Rio Ave. http://www.royals.org/news/777/Reading_Expected_To_Announce_Jose_Gomes 777 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:27:03 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Late Rotherham Goal As Points Shared Reading caretaker boss Scott Marshall remains without a win after his second game in charge ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Rotherham United. After last week's 0-2 home defeat to Sheffield United, where Reading were very much second best, Marshall opted to make a few changes to the trip to Rotherham who were 3 points ahead of the Royals. Twenty year old Tom McIntyre, obviously very well known to Marshall, made his first team debut in defence. Up front youngster Danny Loader was back on the bench with Baldock making a start. <br/><br/> The Royals started strongly and were much the better side in the opening half. The choice of Baldock up front paid off inside the opening ten minutes. After sending an early effort just wide of the post it wasn't long before he was on the scoresheet. Minutes later a great pass from Sims into the area set Baldock up and he finished well to give Reading an early lead. It was Reading's first goal away from home since our 1-2 defeat at Birmingham in the middle of October. <br/><br/> Baldock continued to look dangerous and could have doubled Reading's lead before half time, putting one just over the crossbar and missing the target when he really should have done better. Sims, who had a decent game, nearly scored but his effort found the post, and the impressive Swift saw his goalbound shot well saved by the Rotherham keeper. Last weekend Reading failed to register a single shot on target, so this could definitely be seen as improvement. <br/><br/> However, the match flipped around after the half time break as Reading began to hang on. Jaakkola was again in good form with some good saves to prevent the equaliser. With Reading set to collect a rare three points the inevitable goal came with a minute left to play when Mattock scored from close range with little resistance from the Reading defence. It could have been worse when Rotherham put the ball just wide in stoppage time. <br/><br/> The point was enough to take the Royals out of the bottom three - above Millwall on goal difference. Reading travel to Millwall on Boxing Day in a match where they must avoid defeat. Before that we face sixth placed Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium next weekend. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/151218/Rotherham_1_Reading_1">Rotherham United 1 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/776/Late_Rotherham_Goal_As_Points_Shared 776 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:06:16 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Marshall Takes Team To Rotherham Scott Marshall will remain in temporary charge of the first team as they travel to Rotherham United this Saturday, in what is a relegation six pointer. The Royals, currently in the bottom three, would jump out of the relegation positions and above Rotherham if they can take all three points from the game. <br/><br/> Despite <a href="http://www.royals.org/news/770/Paul_Clement_Gets_The_Sack_">sacking Paul Clement almost out of the blue</a>, the club management have been unable to find a replacement since last weekend's <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/081218/Reading_0_Sheff_Utd_2">disappointing home defeat at the hands of Sheffield United</a>. Plenty of names have been linked with the Royals but there has been no definite news as to who will be brave enough to take on the challenge of preventing Reading dropping into League One. Former Reading favourite Phil Parkinson, currently at Bolton and a place behind Reading, remains the favourite but there is nothing to suggest he will leave his current club for what would be a sidewise move to a club in trouble. <br/><br/> Luis Castro, the early favourite for the job, publicly stated he was not interested, but remains in the top three at most bookmakers. Gareth Ainsworth, who is currently enjoying some success with League One side Wycombe Wanderers has moved up to second favourite. However, Ainsworth is saying all the right things to keep Wycombe fans happy and it's difficult to see why you wouldn't be able to take his comments as face value: "I am flattered to be linked with a Championship club like Reading and, like any manager from the lower leagues, of course I want to manage at a higher level. However, I am very happy to continue to be Wycombe manager and whether the links are hearsay or not, I am very happy to be here. I love being manager of this football club and I am hoping to continue here for as long as possible." <br/><br/> Slavisa Jokanovic, Steve Bruce, and Graeme Murty remain contenders, but the reality appears to be that Reading are no closer to securing their next manager. <br/><br/> Meanwhile, Marshall will be focused on the trip to Rotherham and the need to avoid defeat at the very least. There has been some rare good news for Reading fans with both Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Yakou Meite expected to be close to making a return to action. With Reading struggling for goals, both are key players who have already found the net in decent proportions for their time on pitch this season. Reading failed to register an attempt on goal last Saturday and will be hoping for better things. Danny Loader continues to look likely up front and a real prospect but will hopefully be joined up front by Meite who can supply the strength to compliment his play. <br/><br/> Rotherham also have players returning from injury and will be hoping to go one better than their last two home games that both finished as 2-2 draws. http://www.royals.org/news/775/Marshall_Takes_Team_To_Rotherham 775 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:02:50 GMT Hob Nob Anyone?