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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.
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