Hound Other than the odd occasion when you get the likes of Brentford, do teams really have 4-5 year plans nowadays?
Everything is so short termist. Think in the champ you generally need a solid base - which I reckon we’ll have next season, and then you need a lot of luck and things to go your way to get a promotion/ play off
Hudders wasn’t a long term plan when they went up. Forest lucked out last season when they’d not been progressing due to some very good loans and management tbf (but it was a very average team otherwise). Sheff utd maybe, though they were only in the champ for 1 year before they went up
When we made the POs last we had a shocker the year before. Pauno’s 8th place was on the back of a load of random signings and Olise coming good
Other than that it’s generally just teams who have a load of prem players on their side
In summary, get the place in order and we prob have as good a chance of the play offs as anyone else really
From Despair To Where? Our 3 year play will clearly be about achieving and maintaining stability but improved performances on the pitch should go hand in hand with that.
Promotion wouldn't necessarily be the target but I'd certainly be looking at ways to get back those 4,000 lost fans. I appreciate that largely goes hand in hand with better performance but if you've got a team that's good to watch, has a bit of fight and will win 13 home games a season, people will come back.
Just an update: Sources close to the club have told James Earnshaw that no contact has been made from Cardiff, and that Ince remains '100 per cent committed' to Reading FC. Thought it was a strange link and it's looking to be the case
Sutekh Personally think Ince had a decent managerial record before he came to Reading.
He started at Macclesfield as player manager in October 2006, at the time Macclesfield were 7 points adrift at the foot of what is now league 2 (so 92nd out of 92 league clubs). After a slow start he guided them to safety on the last Saturday of the season so I’d say that’s a pretty good start to any managerial career bearing in mind the lack of money and resource Macclesfield would have had.
The following summer (2007) MK Dons persuaded him to join them and in 2007-08 he guided the Dons to the Tonka Toy Van League Trophy (or whatever it was called then) final when they beat Grimsby 2-0. A month or so later he guided them to promotion to “Division 3” as champions.
Following the success at MK Dons it was fairly inevitable someone fairly high up the pyramid would come a-courting and thusly Mr Ince found himself at Premier League Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2008. Things sadly didn’t really go well and although he steered Blackburn to a good start to the season a run of 11 games without a win saw him sacked.
He then had indifferent seasons as manager back at MK Dons and then Notts County before rocking up at Blackpool in February 2013. He then oversaw the best start to a league season in Blackpool’s history before they hit a run of 9 defeats from 10 games which resulted in his sacking in January 2014.
So there would certainly seem to be some talent as a manager in Mr Ince and in my book he’s certainly a much better option as a manager than several that the club have chosen in the last few years.
SutekhFranchise FCPATRIQT I've just got off the phone to Paul, and when he composed himself and stopped laughing, he said he had no aspirations to manage in the third division.
Less than a year ago he had no aspirations to manage
Luckily he’s found a club that let’s him keep to that.
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