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Re: Reading FC Corner 2 - Club News, Players, Transfer gossip & ALL other things 'Royals'

on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 11:32 am
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Gianluca Nani appointed as sporting director

Championship side Reading have appointed Gianluca Nani as their new sporting director. The Italian has previously held similar roles at Italian outfit Brescia, Premier League clubs West Ham and Watford and Arabian side Al Jazira. Nani replaces Dutchman Brian Tevreden, who has left the post of technical director to become chief executive at Belgian side KSV Roeselare. 
Royals chief executive Ron Gourlay said Nani had "a proven pedigree. He has experience in nurturing young talent and creating recruitment and development structures," he told the club website.


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Re: Reading FC Corner 2 - Club News, Players, Transfer gossip & ALL other things 'Royals'

on Fri 05 Oct 2018, 1:15 am
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Re: Reading FC Corner 2 - Club News, Players, Transfer gossip & ALL other things 'Royals'

on Sun 28 Oct 2018, 9:29 am
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Reading are a eyeing Steve Bruce as a potential replacement for Paul Clement - his wages would be high but the money is available to spend. [@TheSun] #readingfc

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Re: Reading FC Corner 2 - Club News, Players, Transfer gossip & ALL other things 'Royals'

on Wed 05 Dec 2018, 11:05 pm
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Official Reading FC Club statement | Nigel Howe appointed as Royals CEO


Immensely experienced and successful Chief Executive resumes role at Reading Football Club
Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that Nigel Howe has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive at Madejski Stadium.In his role as Vice Chairman, Howe has been presiding over the club’s property development plans, including the delivery of a brand new state-of-the-art training complex at Bearwood and the proposals for the Royal Elm Park project. Considerable progress is now being made with those projects so Howe has agreed to continue to oversee those advancements but redirect his focus to the day-to-day management of the football club. A Chief Executive with more proven pedigree would be difficult to find.

Previously as CEO, Howe became one of the longest-serving in football during his tenure at the Royals’ helm. Howe held the position of Chief Executive at Reading for more than two decades, initially helping to guide the club through its transition from Elm Park to its brand new Madejski Stadium home in 1998. Nigel went on to steer the Royals to the top tier of English football for the first time in its history in 2006 - Steve Coppell earning Reading the title and a 106 points record which still stands to this day.

Reading returned to the Premier League as title-winners once more in 2012 and, in Howe’s final first team game as CEO, the club were just a penalty kick away from repeating the feat for a third time at Wembley in 2017. Howe has football running through his veins; his father, Dick, played for various clubs and his uncle was former Arsenal and England coach, Don Howe. And Nigel himself can certainly be considered ‘one of our own’, having played such an integral part in the club during the most successful period in its history.

Nigel currently occupies a position on the EFL Board as a Championship representative and was last year awarded with a Degree of Doctor of Science by Aston University - in recognition of his significant contribution to the business and football community and enhancing the life chances of young people through sport. Now, we welcome him back as Chief Executive. 

Owner Mr Yongge Dai said, “As we said recently, the importance of this appointment was not to be underestimated and, as owners, we sought a CEO who would be the right fit for Reading. In Nigel Howe, the club’s direction is being entrusted to a very safe pair of hands and an individual who knows the club, its staff, the town, its reputation, its supporters and its potential better than anyone. He has tasted success here before and I believe he can help us to achieve more success in the future. So we are very much looking forward to working closely with Nigel and his senior management team to build a positive future for this football club.”

Howe said, “I am honoured that the club’s owners have asked me to retake the reins and help lead this club forward. Both on and off the pitch, challenges lie ahead. However, with our fans’ support, I am very pleased to accept this exciting opportunity to help the club better engage with our fans, better connect with our community, establish its identity and achieve its aspirations going forward.”

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Re: Reading FC Corner 2 - Club News, Players, Transfer gossip & ALL other things 'Royals'

on Thu 06 Dec 2018, 12:53 pm
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@daib0 wrote:What do you guys think, looking in from the outside? Last season was Reading's worst league position finish in 15 years, after almost having been a yo-yo team between Premier/Championship. OK, you'll say, we should be grateful for a nice 21st century so far! But this season ... almost rock bottom (maybe QPR are even worse?!). But have we entered a downward spiral? If so, Division 1 awaits us next season. How do you see things? From a rather despondent Daib0!! 

The Championship always looks a hard league to me. maybe it is due to the riches that await if you get up. It shows in how hard it is for Premier league relegated teams to get back up and they have balloon payments to help!
Reading have bounced up and down near bottom for me and need more consistency and it doesn't help sacking the managers as often (they have again today). They need to give it a chance with a manager as it takes time to turn things around especially as there are now transfer windows so a new manager can't just go straight into the market and get players he wants even if they had the budget.

It is tight at the bottom and a couple of wins could lift them up a bit. getting tose wins though may be easier said than done.

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Re: Reading FC Corner 2 - Club News, Players, Transfer gossip & ALL other things 'Royals'

on Thu 06 Dec 2018, 6:19 pm
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Marc McNulty reveals what Paul Clement said to players about his Reading FC exit
The Scottish striker said the squad was told the news on Thursday morning
Reading striker Marc McNulty has revealed what former manager Paul Clement said to them in the wake of his departure. Clement left the club on Thursday morning after less than nine months in charge and the club hovering above the Championship relegation zone. The 46-year-old announced to the players at Hogwood on Thursday morning he was leaving the club.
McNulty said: "It was a shock - we were getting changed to go out and train like normal. We were told a meeting had been called and even then we thought it was going to be about [this weekend's game against] Sheffield United. It wasn't too long - it was short and sharp. I think the manager was surprised and the players were surprised as well.
We never saw it coming.
He wished us luck and said he thought the performances were getting better and maybe turning a little bit. And he wished the boys the best of luck for the future."
Clement guided Reading to just seven wins in his 30 games in charge since taking over from Jaap Stam at the end of March. McNulty was one of eight summer signings made by the former Derby County and Swansea City boss and had just broken into the first team. The former Coventry City frontman bagged his first goal for the club in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Stoke City.
He admitted the players must shoulder a large portion of the blame for the poor results.
"It's disappointing because you don't want anyone to lose their job," said McNulty. "And on a personal level he brought me in in the summer so it's disappointing. At the end of the day it's us players who go onto the pitch and need to perform. The manager picks the team and tactics but the players have to take a bit of responsibility as well. We're the ones who go out and get his ideas across."
U23s boss Scott Marshall is has taken temporary charge of the side, although the club are aiming to make a swift appointment. Royals host Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon at Madejski Stadium before visiting fellow strugglers Rotherham United a week later. McNulty admits having a new boss does concern players and their chances of keeping their place in the starting line-up.
"There's always a worry and everyone in the dressing room would be the same," said the 26 year old. "A new manager will come in with his own ideas and might want his own players but that's part and parcel of football. We have to deal with it and just work hard and hopefully catch the eye of the new manager."
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Re: Reading FC Corner 2 - Club News, Players, Transfer gossip & ALL other things 'Royals'

on Fri 07 Dec 2018, 5:58 pm
Reading FC close in on Portuguese coach Luis Castro as super-agent Kia Joorabchian's power grows


Reading FC news includes the latest on the search for a new manager at Madejski Stadium


Reading could appoint Luis Castro as their new manager as controversial football agent Kia Joorabchian attempts to take an increasingly influential role at the club. Joorabchian is not a stranger to Madejski Stadium, having been a key figure behind the scenes during the previous Thai owners spell in charge due to his close relationship with Pairoj Piempongsant, the man who first brought Samrit Bunditkisada and Lady Sasima Srivikorn to Berkshire.


The Iranian-born businessman was behind several of the transfer deals that fist took place during the Thai’s reign, such as the moves for Orlando Sa, Paolo Hurtado, Lucas Piazon and Ola John. Joorabchian’s influence had diminished in the past two years, however, but he has now returned to the scene and football.london understands he has been present at the last two Reading matches at Madejski Stadium. His influence has grown so much that sporting director Gianluca Nani agreed to leave as he felt his position had become untenable.

Clement was dismissed on Thursday following a dismal spell in Berkshire which saw him oversee just seven wins in 30 games. He was sacked a day after Nigel Howe returned to the club as chief executive to replace Ron Gourlay. Vitoria Guimaraes manager Castro is a client of Joorabchian and football.london understands there have been talks over the him taking over at Madejski Stadium. Those discussions are continuing with Joorabchian having travelled to Portugal to try and get a deal done. Castro only took over at Vitoria Guimaraes, who play in the Portuguese top flight, earlier this year and has had stints with Rio Ave and GD Chaves since leaving Porto in 2016.


He spent three years in charge of the Portuguese giants’ B team between 2013 and 2016, with an interim spell in charge of the first-team in 2014. It is understood he does not speak English well and it would cost Reading around €1 million to get him and his coaching staff out of their roles at Vitoria Guimaraes.


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