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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

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

How much pressure is this Championship manager under?

Reading FC were playing in the Championship play-off final against Huddersfield Town just 5 months ago. The ‘Royals’ had a terrific season last time around under Dutch manager Jaap Stam, and a Wembley appearance was the reward of all the hard work from the season. 

Only losing out to Huddersfield Town on penalties, many thought that Reading would be in the promotion hunt again this season, but there start to the new campaign hasn’t shown any signs of the form needed to get you out of the Championship.

Picking up just 2 victories in there opening 10 games, the ‘Royals’ find themselves in 20th position just 2 places and 1 point above the relegation zone. The club are currently on a run of 6 games without a victory and with high flyers Leeds United and Sheffield United to come in their next two games, its difficult in the form they are in to see them picking up any points in those games.

Despite doing so well last season, manager Jaap Stam is going to have to find a formula to turn his side’s fortunes around this campaign or find his job under severe scrutiny.

Reading fans do you want to see your club stick by Jaap Stam after last season’s success or do you feel its time for a change? Let us know in the comments section…