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Royals Part Company With Gomes

READING have announced the sacking of first team manager José Gomes with immediate effect.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Royals issued the following statement:

“Reading Football Club can announce that José Gomes has left his position as first team manager.

Gomes joined the club at the end of December 2018 and successfully steered the club away from the threat of relegation.

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.

We would like to sincerely thank José 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.

The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

The news from the Royals comes after reports in the last 48 hours regarding his future at the Madejski Stadium.

Following last weekend’s defeat to Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship, which left the Royals 22nd in the table, Gomes said he’d be the first to resign if he thought his players had lost faith in him.

Since then rumours of his future had been widespread across social media, but the club have now officially announced the news of his departure.

Reading fans, what do you make to this decision? Who do you want to replace José Gomes? Let us know your thoughts below or on Twitter @247FootballUK.

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Huddersfield Town v Reading Preview

Reading travel to Huddersfield after a 1-1 draw with promotion candidates West Brom. Last Sunday saw Reading put three past Cardiff as they eased to victory. The same can’t be said for Huddersfield Town though, as they are yet to register a win. The recently relegated team most recently fell to a late 2-1 defeat in South Wales on Tuesday night. Is there trouble for The Terriers?

Huddersfield will be looking to end a woeful run of form, which sees the West Yorkshire side not recording a win since February.

Jose Gomes’ men haven’t won on the road this term. This season has seen Reading squander at the KCOM Stadium, and pick up a very respectable point at the Hawthorns after leading until the 88th minute.

Mark Hudson has taken the caretaker manager role at the expense of German head coach Jan Siewert, however its not the first time the former player turned coach has taken charge of Town in front of a home crowd. Last season saw Hudson take charge for Huddersfield’s 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Reading have won just 1 of their 4 previous games. The Royals suffered defeat in their opening 2 games, however managing to accumulate 4 points in their last 2 outings.

Mark Hudson has expressed his interest in the current Huddersfield vacancy, nonetheless there will have to be an improvement on Tuesday night if he wants to secure the Job. Despite the performance at the Cardiff City stadium, Hudson is favourite to land the Huddersfield Job.

Huddersfield and Reading have a reasonably even head to head record. The last 12 meetings between the two sides has seen The Terriers win 5, lose 4 and draw 3. Despite the even record, both sets of fans will look back on the Play-Off showdown in may 2017 with contrasting emotions.

Huddersfield come into the game with no real injury concerns. Where as Reading will be without winger Jordan Obita and defender Tyler Blackett.

This weekend could see Josh Koroma and Reece Brown feature for the first time for Huddersfield, at the expense of the underperforming Alex Pritchard and Isaac Mbenza.

Huddersfield’s Chelsea loanee Trevor Chalobah will look to retain his role in the starting eleven, following the man of the match performance on Tuesday night.

Will we see Huddersfield document their first win of the campaign or will we see Reading steal the show and take all 3 points back to Berkshire?

Prediction: Huddersfield 0-0 Reading

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

The make-or-break nature of Championship promotion

In recent years, the Premier League has flourished as one of the best leagues in the world, and with its success, the financial implications of the league have grown exponentially. Clubs have started to be managed as international businesses, and team crests have become commonplace icons across all cultures throughout the globe. TV rights have skyrocketed, with the Premier League’s current deal agreed in 2015 worth a humbling £5.14bn.

With all this considered, the gulf in profitability between the Premier League and England’s second division, the Championship, is unnerving. The Championship is considered by many as an unpredictable league, with a handful of teams every year making a push for promotion. However, for their team to compete amongst England’s best, club owners are required to get their cheque books out.

Reports have shown that clubs that successfully achieved promotion from the Championship in recent years averaged losses of £550,000 a week. Current holders of the Championship title, Wolverhampton Wanderers, took the league by storm in 2018, ending their campaign on a colossal 99 points. However, their dominance came at a huge cost, with the West Midlands side reporting a loss of £59.7m throughout the season, an average of over a £1m loss per week.

Similarly, after Newcastle’s promotion back to the top flight in 2017, the Magpies suffered a heavy loss of £59m during their journey back to the Premier League. Add on top the current predicament of Bolton Wanderers and their financial issues regarding players wages, it is apparent that the Championship is an economic wasteland for club owners.

The reason behind such huge losses for Championship clubs seems to lie in the cost of wages and transfer fee amortisation. In 2017/18, Wolves, Birmingham City and Reading all paid more than twice as much in wages and amort than their seasonal income. With the Royals finishing in a disappointing 20th position that season, it beckons the question over the sustainability of a Championship club when promotion is out of the question and such heavy financial investment has been made.

When teams are spending so much in a push for promotion, it seems that going up is a make-or-break situation for clubs in the Championship. However, the rewards for a promoted team are staggering. During the 2017/18 season, the smallest amount of TV rights money earned by a club was the £95.4m granted to West Brom. This figure alone trumps the seasonal income of the highest-earning Championship side in the same season, with Aston Villa reportedly making an income of £68.6m.

A disheartening correlation can be found when comparing the income of clubs in the Premier League, and the losses of clubs in the Championship. The income of Premier League giants is ever-increasing, with Liverpool’s expected profits reaching the eye-watering heights of £100m after their Champions League success last season. In contrast, the combined operating loss of Championship clubs since the 2014/15 season is spiralling out of control. The combined loss of Championship clubs in 2014/15 was £288m. That number has increased annually, eventually resulting in the £391m collective loss in 2016/17.

With the Premier League increasingly becoming a profitable international franchise, should more care be taken with Championship clubs in their pursuit of top-flight football?

Sean Fisher @seanfisher1502

Should Glenn Murray receive an England call up?

Glenn Murray added his 11th goal of the season this weekend as he scored Brighton’s first goal in the (2-1) win over Crystal Palace in the A23 Derby. Murray scored 12 goals last season in the Premier League and is one away from levelling last year’s total. With 8 Premier League games to go plus FA Cup games, depending on Brighton’s run in the competition, Murray could have his most prolific season in the Premier League. So with Murray closing in on a record goal scoring season in the top flight should the 35-year-old receive his first England call up?

Glenn Murray’s career
Murray’s path to England’s top division hasn’t been easy, with the 35-year-old playing for 8 clubs before reaching the top division with Crystal Place in 2013. However, Murray only played 33 games in three seasons for the Eagles in the Premier League and was sent out on loan to Championship side Reading where the 6″0 ft striker scored 8 goals in 18 games. Murray’s impressive form at Reading tempted Bournemouth to make a move for the striker, however Murray only lasted one season at the Vitality stadium before being sold to Championship side, Brighton. After his move to Brighton, many fans and pundits believe that Murray would never play in the top flight again with the forward ageing and seeming to be on the decline. However, Murray proved everyone wrong and fired 23 goals in his first season at the Amex Stadium. Murray continued his goal scoring form into the Premier League and scored 12 goals to help keep the Seagulls flying in the Premier League. As well as a lengthy career, Murray holds quite a few accolades and records, for example, the 35 year holds the record for most goals scored in one Championship season with Murray racking up 30 goals back in 2012/13 season. Murray has also scored in England’s top six divisions, a stat only something that a handful of players have ever achieved.

Does Murray fit into the current England side?
It would appear that looking from the outside that Murray isn’t in contention for England call up for the Euro qualifiers with the 35-year-old seemingly not fitting into Southgate’s model. Southgate has introduced a high energy style of play to England that looks to exploit set pieces to gain an advantage over competitors. With such a high energy system in place, Southgate has been opting for youthful players rather than experienced veterans like Murray. For example England had the second lowest average age at the World cup (26) only behind Nigeria who had (25.9) However, it could be argued that Murray deserves a chance to earn his first Three Lions cap with the Maryport born forward being the third-highest Englishman in the top flight behind only Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Furthermore, with England’s strength at set-pieces, Murray would be perfect with the 35-year-old being a natural predator in the box not only with his feet but also with his head.

Overall, it is highly unlikely that Murray will be called up to the England side later this month however it would feel like a huge achievement for the 35-year-old who started at lowly Workington Reds. So to even be considered for an England place is a massive achievement for Murray.