Can Reading break back into the play-off picture?…
Last season was an interesting one for Reading. Having been financially prudent during their period in the Premiership they looked in an excellent position to mount a serious challenge to return to the top division. However, they were extremely quiet in the transfer market spending not a lot of money and only bringing in four players. As a result they suffered an indifferent season that saw them only in the shake up for the play-off places and ultimately falling short. They started the season well enough and found themselves right in the promotion shake up come mid-October but a run over the Christmas period which saw them win only three out of 13 games saw them drop back into mid-table. Throughout the rest of the season they struggled to gain any momentum by constantly dropping points against teams at the bottom of the table. A 2-2 draw at home to Burnley was not enough for them to sneak into the play-off’s on the final day and they ended up finishing in 7th.
If you want a manager to has vast experience of managing in the Championship and getting teams promoted then Nigel Adkins is your man. After a modest playing career which took in the likes of Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic, Adkins moved into physiotherapy. It was from his role as physio that Adkins became first team manager at Scunthorpe Utd in November 2006 taking them to promotion to the Championship in his first season. He had two more years at Scunthorpe before moving to Southampton where he took the club to back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premiership. Sacked very harshly from Southampton in January 2013 he took the Reading job that March but could not keep them up.
Out: Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City), Stuart Taylor (Leeds Utd), Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Kaspars Gorkss, Mikele Leigertwood, Wayne Bridge (Released)
Reading were quiet in the transfer market last summer and it cost them a play-off place. They have been even quieter this year having so far brought nobody in despite losing some first team players from last season. If they do not sign a number of significant players before the end of August there is absolutely no way they will improve on last seasons 7th place finish.