Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:27:35 BST Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:27:35 BST 1800 Mark Bowen Set To Be Named Manager Mark Bowen is expected to be named as the new Reading first team manager, to replace Jose Gomes who was sacked last week. Bowen has been at Reading since March of this year, arriving as a consultant before becoming "sporting director" in August 2019. Bowen was expected to be in charge of finding a new manager for the club but instead will now become manager himself. <br/><br/> It is being widely reported that Bowen agreed terms with the club last night to become the new boss. It an appointment that seems underwhelming, particually as he follows on from a manager that fans thought capable of turning the fortunes of the club around, before having his contract cut dramatically short. Bowen has a tough act to follow and will do well to remain long-term manager given the recent managerial history at Reading FC. <br/><br/> Bowen will take control with his team already in the bottom three of the Championship. Although fans had high hopes at the start of the season, Bowen will now been seen as a success if he can simply prevent Reading from dropping into League One. Expectations have dramatically changed at the club since Gomes led the Royals into the top half of the table less than two months ago. <br/><br/> Bowen's signed a temporary playing contract with Reading in 1999 after a long playing career that included spells at Spurs, Norwich, West Ham United and Charlton before arriving at Reading. He made a single appearance for the Royals in the first round of the Auto Windscreens Shield, playing 90 minutes as the <a href="https://www.royals.org/matdoc/081299.html">Royals beat Leyton Orient 1-0 in front of 1,561 fans at the Madejski Stadium</a>. He never played for the Royals again and instead hung up his boots to become assistant manager of Wales under Mark Hughes. Most of Bowen's coaching career has involved following Hughes as assistant manager. <br/><br/> Apart from a brief spell as caretaker manager at QPR, Bowen has been assistant manager almost non-stop since taking the role with Wales. He was reserve manager at Crystal Palace before spells at Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke and Southampton before arriving at Reading earlier this year. <br/><br/> Bowen is expected to bring former Reading coach Eddie Niedzwiecki back to the club to become his assistant. Former Chelsea goalkeeeper Niedzwiecki was caretaker manager of Reading for nearly a month in April 1991 after the departure of Ian Porterfield. http://www.royals.org/news/819/Mark_Bowen_Set_To_Be_Named_Manager 819 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:13:41 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Club Confirm Jose Gomes Departure After it was widely reported throughout yesterday, Reading Football Club have officially released a statement to confirm the departure of manager Jose Gomes. The brief statement confirms that the club took the decision to sack Gomes after a return of just two wins from the opening 11 games of the new Championship season. There is no news just yet on who the club intend to bring in to replace Gomes, although former Wales, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Southampton manager Mark Hughes remains favourite: <blockquote> Reading Football Club can announce that Jose Gomes has left his position as first team manager. <br/><br/> Gomes joined the club at the end of December 2018 and successfully steered the club away from the threat of relegation. <br/><br/> However, following just two wins in the first 11 league games in 2019-20, owner Mr Yongge Dai has made the difficult decision to part company with Gomes and make a change at first team level. <br/><br/> We would like to sincerely thank Jose for his hard work during his tenure as manager at Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career. <br/><br/> The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible. </blockquote> http://www.royals.org/news/818/Club_Confirm_Jose_Gomes_Departure 818 Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:04:20 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Jose Gomes - His Short Career At Reading After yesterday's talks between Reading Football Club and Jose Gomes, it now only seems a matter of time before official confirmation that Gomes has been dismissed as first team manager following a short run of poor results. As we wait for the club to confirm what is hugely disappointing news, we take a look at all the games in his short tenure as Reading manager. <Br/><br/> Jose Gomes was confirmed as Reading manager on 22 December 2018, just after a 0-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough. That game saw caretaker manager Scott Marshall finish with just one point from his three games in charge. The Royals dropped to 21st in the Championship table. So Gomes is set to leave the club with the Royals lower in the table than when he started after we dropped to 22nd at the weekend following a defeat at Bristol City. <br/><br/> His first nine games in charge returned just a single win, before form improved and the Royals ended the season with 5 wins from 15 games. It was still hardly amazing form, but it was a reasonable turn around in a short space of time and Reading finished the season in 20th place and safe from relegation. Club and fans agreed that Gomes had succeeded in his first objective as Reading manager and he was allowed to make dramatic changes to the playing squad over the summer. <br/><br/> Despite that Reading started the season in familiar fashion with two straight defeats. A victory at Wycombe, although only on penalties, in the League Cup appeared to kick-start the season and was followed by that impressive win over Cardiff where Reading played the best football they had played in years. An impressive 1-1 draw at West Brom was followed by a 2-0 win at Huddersfield and Reading found themselves officially in the top half of the table. Another League Cup win - 4-2 at Plymouth and there was genuine excitement that Reading were set for a strong season. <br/><br/> But how quickly things can change. Reading then went on to collect just a single point from the next 6 league games, scoring just three league games as all the early season hope fell away leaving Reading back in the relegation positions and Gomes looking for a new job. <br/><br/> <h2>Jose Gomes Full Record As Reading Manager</h2> <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>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>ATT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>POS</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>26 December 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/261218.html">Millwall (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261218.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">12202</td> <td class="fixtures">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>29 December 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/291218.html">QPR (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/291218.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">15721</td> <td class="fixtures">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>01 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/010119.html">Swansea (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/010119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15644</td> <td class="fixturesh">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>05 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/050119.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/050119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">73918</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>12 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/120119.html">Nottm Forest (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15034</td> <td class="fixturesh">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>19 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/190119.html">Derby (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">26404</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>29 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/290119.html">Bolton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">12195</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>02 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/020219.html">Aston Villa (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/020219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17458</td> <td class="fixturesh">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>09 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/090219.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/090219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">23412</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>13 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/130219.html">Blackburn (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">11271</td> <td class="fixturesh">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>16 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/160219.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">26513</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>23 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/230219.html">Rotherham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15958</td> <td class="fixturesh">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>02 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/020319.html">Ipswich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/020319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">23009</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>09 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/090319.html">Wigan (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/090319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15401</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>12 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/120319.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17101</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>16 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/160319.html">Stoke (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">24368</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>30 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/300319.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16771</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>06 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/060419.html">Hull (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/060419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">11268</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>10 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/100419.html">Norwich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">26662</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>13 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/130419.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16892</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>19 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/190419.html">Bristol C (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">23309</td> <td class="fixtures">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>22 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/220419.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17255</td> <td class="fixturesh">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>27 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/270419.html">Middlesbro (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">22003</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>05 May 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/050519.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/050519.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17247</td> <td class="fixturesh">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>03 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/030819.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/030819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16319</td> <td class="fixturesh">24</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>10 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/100819.html">Hull (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">10673</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>13 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/130819.html">Wycombe (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>League Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">W: 1-1 (pens)</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/130819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">4802</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>18 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/180819.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/180819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">14252</td> <td class="fixturesh">17</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>21 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/210819.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/210819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">21803</td> <td class="fixtures">15</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>24 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/240819.html">Huddersfield (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">21847</td> <td class="fixtures">11</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>27 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/270819.html">Plymouth (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>League Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 4-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">8365</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>31 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/310819.html">Charlton (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16906</td> <td class="fixturesh">16</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>14 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/140919.html">Middlesbro (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/140919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">19414</td> <td class="fixtures">17</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>21 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/210919.html">Blackburn (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/210919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16906</td> <td class="fixturesh">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>25 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/250919.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>League Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">L: 1-1 (pens)</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/250919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">20702</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>28 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/280919.html">Swansea (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/280919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">16036</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>01 October 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/011019.html">Fulham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011019.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">13809</td> <td class="fixturesh">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>05 October 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/051019.html">Bristol C (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/051019.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">21419</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/817/Jose_Gomes_-_His_Short_Career_At_Reading 817 Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:45:36 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Gomes To Get The Boot Reading are set to dispose of the services of manager Jose Gomes, after yet another short term appointment at the club. The constant sacking of managers is getting Reading nowhere, and Gomes dismissal is a ridiculous decision after he has spent less than 10 months at the club. Just over a month ago, after three wins from four games, everyone was saying Jose Gomes was one of the best things to happen to the club and he was set to lead Reading on a promotion push. Fast forward just seven games and Reading find themselves in the bottom three and the club seem to think the solution is to sack the manager rather than give him time. <br/><br/> Gomes came into the club at the end of last year and did enough to keep Reading in the Championship. He was allowed to spend big over the summer and brought in a number of exciting signings. For a while it looked like we had turned the corner after a couple of poor seasons. A 3-0 home demolition of Swansea sent fans away the happiest they had been for some time, and that was followed by a win and a draw on the road as Reading climbed to 11th in the table and a couple of points outside the top six. <br/><br/> The fans, the press, and everyone connected with the club were hailing Gomes as a genius appointment. It feels bizarre that it can all change in such a short space of time and that Reading will be on the hunt, yet again, for another first team manager. Once again whoever gets the job will know that unless there is some kind of miracle they too will be looking for a new job inside a year. http://www.royals.org/news/815/Gomes_To_Get_The_Boot 815 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:40:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? What Are the Best Bets on Reading This Season? <p>Whether it's <a href="https://www.winningroom.com/en/live-casino/roulette">live roulette</a> or online slots, we all love a flutter every now and then. Sports betting is no exception. But with so many teams and an array of markets, it can tricky finding a successful route.</p> <p>While many punters opt for the safe bets like Manchester City and Liverpool, these often come with narrow &ndash; and fortune favours the bold! If you want to win big, you're much better looking for more specific markets in games where the result is a bit less predictable.</p> <p>So, what about Reading? Despite a poor start to the 2019-20 season, there are still a range of decent bets on the Royals for supporters or just neutrals...</p> <h2>Don't back Reading - yet</h2> <p>After 8 points from their opening 11 league matches, it's fair to say you shouldn&rsquo;t back Reading just yet this season. The Royals opened the season with back to back defeats, before gaining seven of their eight points in a string of three league fixtures to close August.</p> <p>Since then, they've lost five and drawn one away to Swansea. Unfortunately, that's left Reading 22<sup>nd</sup> in the <a href="https://www.efl.com/clubs-and-competitions/sky-bet-championship/league-table/">Championship table</a> just short of safety, with Huddersfield above on goals scored.</p> <p>Broken down into home and away form, there's a bit more success on the road. Reading have picked up five points away from home, compared to three at the Madejski, with both their draws coming in away matches. By and large, however, it's nothing worth betting on, and there are some more interesting trends to look at...</p> <h2>Both teams to score</h2> <p>Results aside, one thing that is promising is that Reading have a tendency to score goals, even when they don't manage to win the game. The Royals have only failed to score in three of their eleven matches this season. Considering that their leaky defence has kept just two clean sheets in the league, both teams to score could be a good bet.</p> <p>That's especially the case on 22<sup>nd</sup> October, when Reading travel to QPR for a midweek clash. Sitting 9<sup>th</sup> in the table with 19 points from 11 matches, the Rs have had a relatively good start to the season. However, they've still conceded 19 goals - the fourth highest number in the league.</p> <p>Quite impressively, they've managed to stay within touching distance of the playoffs without keeping a single clean sheet. Needless to say, it&'s pretty likely both teams will score in that one.</p> <h2>Over 2.5</h2> <p>Football is a low-scoring game, with 0-0, 1-0 and 0-1 the most common scores every season. However, with Reading freely scoring and conceding goals, they're quite a good team to back for matches to exceed the 2.5 mark. Out of Reading's opening 11 matches, almost half (five) have had three goals or more.</p> <p>More specifically, four of their five league matches at the Madejski have exceeded 2.5 goals. The only exception being a <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49456274">0-2 loss to Charlton</a>, where a strong save prevented John Swift's late free kick from taking the match total to three goals.</p> <p>Of course, this still requires some judgement. After facing Preston, Millwall and Luton at home, Reading will come up against Leeds at the end of November. With league's strongest defence, it's fair to say the Leeds fixture could be an exception to the rule when it comes to backing over 2.5 goals. They've kept a league-high five clean sheets and conceded just seven goals in 11 games.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/816/What_Are_the_Best_Bets_on_Reading_This_Season? 816 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:00:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Well Beaten After 30 Minutes It took Fulham a mere thirty minutes to demolish a Reading side reduced to ten men following a couple of rash challenges by John Swift twenty minutes into a game dominated by the away side. Already behind from an early strike from Cairney, Reading conceded two goals in the space of three minutes following Swift's dismissal. There is no doubt being reduced to ten men was a contributing factor to this heavy defeat, but make no mistake about it, Fulham looked capable of cutting Reading open at will from the start. More worrying from a Reading perspective is the way, for the third home game in succession, the opposition have simply pressed high and effectively early in the game, preventing Reading from playing out from the back, and then exploited their alarming defensive deficiencies to go on and win the game comfortably.<br/> <A href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/011019/Reading_1_Fulham_4"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/011019/Reading_1_Fulham_4"><strongMatch Report:</strong> Reading 1 Fulham 4</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/814/Reading_Well_Beaten_After_30_Minutes 814 Wed, 02 Oct 2019 10:52:44 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Familiar League Position After Third Straight Loss Reading failed to recover from a very poor first half performance which left them trailing by a single goal at half time. Falling further behind shortly after the interval the Royals simply did not have the energy or desire to salvage something from the game in spite of pulling a goal back through Swift with over a half an hour remaining. A third successive defeat raises questions about tactics, selection and attitude which will need to be addressed soon before morale and confidence become an issue. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210919/Reading_1_Blackburn_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210919/Reading_1_Blackburn_2"><strong>Report:</strong> Reading 1 Blackburn Rovers 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/813/Familiar_League_Position_After_Third_Straight_Loss 813 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:48:47 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Plymouth Next After Win On Penalties Reading needed penalities to overcome League One Wycombe Wanderers last night in the League Cup first round. The Royals were 1-1 at full time, despite fielding a strong side, after a goalless first half, before winning 4-2 on penalties thanks to Rafael's heroics in goal. George Puscas played his first full ninety minutes after his big money signing last week from Inter Milan and scored Reading's equaliser in the second half after Wycombe had taken the lead. Reading gave starts to a group of new signings with Rafael, Adam, Pele, Ejaria, and Boye all starting alongside Puscas. <br/><br/> Puscas, Baldock, and Swift were all on target in the penalty shoot-out with well taken efforts before Danny Loader stepped up to seal it with an equally quality spot-kick. The players surrounded Rafael after Loader scored after the Reading goalkeeper saved two penalties and nearly saved a third in an impressive Reading debut. <br/><br/> The Royals will travel to League Two Plymouth Argyle in the second round of the competition. http://www.royals.org/news/811/Plymouth_Next_After_Win_On_Penalties 811 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:17:45 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Ovie Ejaria Returns On Loan Reading have completed a season long loan signing of Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who returns to Reading after last season's successful loan spell. Twenty-one year old Ejaria arrived at Reading in January this year and went on to make 16 appearances and scoring one goal in Reading's 1-1 home draw with Rotherham. His return to Liverpool was brief, and he will now continue with Reading this season with the view to a permanent move at the end of the season. <br/><br/> Meanwhile, with the transfer window now closed, Reading fans continue to wait to find out if Danny Loader has completed his move to Wolves youth set-up. It has been reported that Loader completed a medical and the two clubs agreed a transfer fee for the up-coming England youth player. Loader has a year left on his contract at Reading but failed to extend that leading to the club being open to offers while he remains under contract. Loader would move into the Wolves Under 23 squad initially, so it remains to be seen if his agent has done him any favours. <br/><br/> <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool - Loan)</li> <li>George Puscas (Inter Milan - Five year contract)</li> <li>Pele (Monaco - Loan)</li> <li>Rafael Cabral Barbosa (Sampdoria - Three year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday - Four year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Boye (Torino - Loan)</li> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> <li>Michael Morrison (Released by Birmingham - Free)</li> <li>Charlie Adam (Released by Stoke City - Free)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (Chelsea - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>David Meyler (Contract terminated)</li> <li>Sam Smith (Cambridge - season long loan)</li> <li>Marc McNulty (Sunderland - season long loan)</li> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/810/Ovie_Ejaria_Returns_On_Loan 810 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 17:16:39 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Busy Week For Transfers At Reading It has been a very busy week for the Royals in the transfer market ahead of the window closing. The Royals have unexpectadly dramatically increased the depth of their squad with a series of big signings of International players. We will head into our second game of the season with a much improved squad and with plenty of options available to manager Jose Gomes as he looks to keep us clear of another relegation battle this season. <br/><br/> Earlier this week we signed striker Lucas Joao from Sheffield Wednesday on a four year contract, goalkeeper Rafael Cabral Barbosa who joins on a three year contract after leaving Sampdoria and Monaco's midfielder Pele on a season long loan. If that wasn't dramatic enough George Puscas has signed from Inter Milan on a five year contract and a big money transfer fee as Reading suddenly found plenty of available funds to make what can only be described as quality signings. <br/><br/> Lucas Joao arrives at Reading shortly after the club confirmed the arrival of forward player Lucas Boye who arrives from Tornio for the season. Lucas Joao is well known to Reading fans after scoring in injury time on Saturday during Sheffield Wednesday's opening day victory at the Madejski Stadium. Joao is a Portugal international and scored 29 goals in 128 appearances for the Owl's after signing four years ago from Portuguese side Nacional. <br/><br/> Goalkeeper Rafael could turn into a massively important signing for Reading after we have struggled to have a consistant goalkeeper since the departure of Ali Al Habsi. Twenty nine year old Rafael has played three times for Brazil but struggled to get into the team at Sampdoria who were willing to let him leave despite time remaining on his contract. <br/><br/> Monaco's Pele was at Nottingham Forest last season and has been sent out on loan again from his parent club Monaco. He appears to be another player known to Gomes, born in Portugal and playing in Portgual for Belenenses before a move to Monaco. <br/><br/> Yesterday's signing George Puscas feels like the icing on the cake of a successful transfer window. Twenty three year old Romanian Puscas has already collected eight caps for his country and signs on a huge five year contract in a clear indication of his potential future value. <br/><br/> With Puscas coming in, highly rated youngster Danny Loader now looks set to join Wolves after failing to agree a new contract with Reading. <br/><br/> Meanwhile Sam Smith and Marc McNulty have gone out on loan for the season and David Meyler has been confirmed as leaving the club. The lists of incoming and outgoing players have become lengthy as it's all change this season at the Madejski Stadium: <br/><br/> <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>George Puscas (Inter Milan - Five year contract)</li> <li>Pele (Monaco - Loan)</li> <li>Rafael Cabral Barbosa (Sampdoria - Three year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday - Four year contract)</li> <li>Lucas Boye (Torino - Loan)</li> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> <li>Michael Morrison (Released by Birmingham - Free)</li> <li>Charlie Adam (Released by Stoke City - Free)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (Chelsea - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>David Meyler (Contract terminated)</li> <li>Sam Smith (Cambridge - season long loan)</li> <li>Marc McNulty (Sunderland - season long loan)</li> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/809/Busy_Week_For_Transfers_At_Reading 809 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:55:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Miazga Returns For The Season Chelsea defender Matt Miazga will be back in a Reading shirt for the new season after the clubs agreed to start a new season long loan. Miazga arrived at Reading in January this year and went on to make a big impression, playing a key part in Reading's up turn in form to avoid relegation. He went on to make 18 league starts for the Royals before the end of the season. After a brief return to Chelsea he immediately returns to Reading and will be set to be first choice in defence as Reading look to build on last season's finish. <br/><br/> <p><strong>Players Signed</strong></p> <ul> <li>Joao Virginia (Everton - Loan)</li> <li>Michael Morrison (Released by Birmingham - Free)</li> <li>Charlie Adam (Released by Stoke City - Free)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (Chelsea - Loan)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Departing Players</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Millwall)</li> <li>Liam Kelly (Feyenoord)</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen)</li> <li>Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (released)</li> <li>Paul McShane (released)</li> <li>John O'Shea (retired)</li> <li>Callum Harriott (released)</li> <li>George Legg (released)</li> <li>Matt Miazga (end of loan)</li> <li>Lewis Baker (end of loan)</li> <li>Saeid Ezatolahi (end of loan)</li> http://www.royals.org/news/808/Miazga_Returns_For_The_Season 808 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:50:36 BST Hob Nob Anyone? What Reading fans can expect this season <p>Following last year's narrow, three-point survival, Reading are in a difficult situation as they look to distance themselves from a relegation battle in the Championship next season.</p> <p>The Royals were handed a transfer embargo by the EFL for breaking Profit and Sustainability rules. Consequently, the club will have to offload a great deal of players to balance the books, which could affect their ambition to attain a higher league position for the forthcoming campaign.</p> <p>Reading have faced relegation battles in the past two seasons, and the embargo makes it difficult to move away from that predicament, but there are positives to take from the limitations put in place.</p> <p>There are players at the club who are on hefty wages but are merely fringe players and outside options. Whether the Royals had an embargo placed on them or not, selling players would have been the plan, regardless. However, the emphasis must now shift towards selling fringe players as opposed to key, valuable assets, for example; David Meyler. He is someone who finds first-team football something of a rarity at Madejski Stadium and this could be an opportunity to part ways with the club, suiting both parties.</p> <p>It will be a stern test for Reading manager Jose Gomes - the Championship is an extremely competitive league, and the Royals are currently third favourites to be relegated at 11/4 after the newly-promoted Charlton and Barnsley. If you fancy a bet on who will get relegated, check out <a href="http://bettingapps.org/" target="_blank">bettingapps.org</a> to get the best apps for betting on football markets.</p> <p>Reading have made one signing this summer, bringing goalkeeper Joao Virginia to Berkshire on a season-long loan from Everton. However, the 19-year-old is unlikely to make an overwhelming contribution with such little experience, and being a goalkeeper, you can only make so much of an impact.</p> <p>Despite the transfer embargo, Gomes expressed his frustration with the lack of signings so far following defeat to Sevilla in a friendly. He said: &ldquo;It was very important for us because these games showed us we need new players.</p> <p>"I'm still very happy to try to increase the level of the quality, but if we want to achieve higher targets we need to make something happen in the next few days.</p> <p>"So I expect I can play some of the four games [left of pre-season] with new players, otherwise it will be difficult to fight for something that everyone wants."</p> <p>The Reading boss is yet to make a permanent signing during his tenure in Berkshire and selling a large portion of fringe players would make room for signings to be made and improve the squad. It is difficult for a manager to implement his style and philosophy into a team if he does not have the correct players at his disposal.</p> <p>The Royals recruitment policy has been disastrous over the years - often targeting players with excessive wage demands and hefty transfer fees - which has had a damaging affect on the club. Former CEO Ron Gourlay was mainly responsible for that, and the introduction of Nigel Howe (current CEO) is steering Reading in a different, more sustainable direction.</p> <p>Keeping the heart and soul of a club alive is essential in modern football, especially with the money being passed around like hot chips. With this transfer embargo, it is a chance to bring through some raw, rich talent from the youth system - a strategy that could reconnect and repair the identity of Reading Football Club. The next few weeks are crucial to the Royals success next season, and if they can find a way of selling enough players to allow Gomes to make signings he wants to fit his philosophy and beliefs, Reading fans have every reason to go into the 2019/20 with an optimistic mindset.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/812/What_Reading_fans_can_expect_this_season 812 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone?