The Reading FC Thread

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Spec » 03 Feb 2013, 19:58

Nikki Gradual wrote:However cheap, some of the signings have been superb - when Akpan turns it on he is a revelation. For a few hundred grand from Crawley, he is looking a very shrewd buy.
Plus, the 'Brian Out' boo boys have shut the fuck up for the moment, which is a bonus.
One loss, two draws and four wins from the last seven league games.
I am delighted to be a Reading fan at the moment: we will stay up or go down with dignity and are winning a lot of friends and admirers in the process. Long may that last.


The last bit of that is key. Neutrals want QPR to go down, many would be pleased to see Reading stay up.

I like that there is a little bit of depth in the team now - a few options, a bit of experience to go with some of the youngsters. Four strikers for example. A keeper who has rediscovered his confidence and high quality performances from last year. And a defence that is a vast improvement from the shambles of the first half of the season. Long may it continue.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby The Red Heifer » 04 Feb 2013, 05:36

It was looking incredibly shaky until we shifted formation and shored up the back. Get a few good performances in and the confidence comes back and here we are. Akpan is a fucking great buy for his price.
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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Lord Rother » 04 Feb 2013, 09:50

When you look at what's happening around us, it's nearly incomprehensible that Reading's biggest transfer fee paid is £2.5m for Emerse Fae in 2007.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Apollo's Frock » 04 Feb 2013, 09:53

The Red Heifer wrote:Akpan is a fucking great buy for his price.


I don't think Millwall could afford a bedpan. Ended up with Rob Hulse. Anyway well done Royals on another three points.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Lemon Yoghourt » 05 Feb 2013, 10:28

Lord Rother wrote:When you look at what's happening around us, it's nearly incomprehensible that Reading's biggest transfer fee paid is £2.5m for Emerse Fae in 2007.


What about Pogrebnyak (sp?)

Reading are on a great run just now, I hope it continues and that they stay up. I've a lot of time for McDerrmott.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Lord Rother » 06 Feb 2013, 12:13

Pog was a free agent so no fee.

(Although, tbf, one would imagine he may have received a little signing on fee himself!)

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Lord Rother » 06 Feb 2013, 14:36

Excellent!!! :D


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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Lord Rother » 10 Mar 2013, 11:01

All over now. Losing at home to Wigan and Villa, to be swiftly followed by trips to Old Trafford and The Emirates = curtains.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Nikki Gradual » 10 Mar 2013, 18:33

Lord Rother wrote:All over now. Losing at home to Wigan and Villa, to be swiftly followed by trips to Old Trafford and The Emirates = curtains.


Afraid so. Oh well.
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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Qube » 11 Mar 2013, 17:39

McDermott sacked...

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Nikki Gradual » 11 Mar 2013, 19:13

Qube wrote:McDermott sacked...


Yup.
Premiership demise confirmed on Saturday. Dignity demise confirmed today.
It's not exactly a surprise, but if you are going to do it, why do it after the transfer window has closed and with no further investment anyway?
I applauded them for sticking with BMcD pre-Christmas, but whatever shred of decency that showed has gone now. This sacking simply won't make any difference except to lose someone we are going to desperately need to manage us in the Championship next season, to show up the owner as a desperate get-rich-quick Premiership groupie and lose the little admiration Reading was earning from other clubs for at least being loyal and decent in its decline.
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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Apollo's Frock » 11 Mar 2013, 20:14

Dodgy run-in too.

Southampton, QPR, both Manchester clubs.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby The Modernist » 12 Mar 2013, 06:40

Nikki Gradual wrote:I applauded them for sticking with BMcD pre-Christmas, but whatever shred of decency that showed has gone now. This sacking simply won't make any difference except to lose someone we are going to desperately need to manage us in the Championship next season, to show up the owner as a desperate get-rich-quick Premiership groupie and lose the little admiration Reading was earning from other clubs for at least being loyal and decent in its decline.


Yes.
With owners like the ones at Reading and Southampton, achieving promotion to the Premiership actually becomes a poisoned chalice.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby PENK » 12 Mar 2013, 07:54

Nikki Gradual wrote:
Qube wrote:McDermott sacked...


Yup.
Premiership demise confirmed on Saturday. Dignity demise confirmed today.


It gets worse: Paolo Di Canio is favourite to get the job.
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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Lord Rother » 12 Mar 2013, 09:33

If Madejski has any say whatsoever it won't be Di Canio of that I am certain.

I am very sad but you have to be honest that defeats at home to Wigan and Villa were a pretty firm indication that McDermott was not going to keep the team up.

Zingarevich has done absolutely nothing in the last year or so to indicate that he is anything other than a decent chap, and loyal to his manager. I think we should hold fire in our condemnation of him until a little dust has settled and maybe we get to hear his reasoning.

My bet would be Owen Coyle. A likeable and talented manager, I have no idea why he hasn't got another job since leaving Bolton.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Spec » 12 Mar 2013, 09:44

They need someone who is a stabling, calming influence not Di Canio. And not sure about Di Matteo either.

Owen Coyle is an interesting idea although I think Nigel Adkins might get it.

Phil Parkinson would be a popular choice, wouldn't he?

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Diamond Dog » 12 Mar 2013, 10:12

See, if I was looking at a guy to galvanise the squad and get wins now - I'd choose Di Canio. I really would. He may not be a long term solution but he is a proven winner and could get the necessary results quickly.

I think Atkins is the likely choice, however.
In other words an extended look into *******’s head, and it seems to have some pretty good things in it (who among us is totally free of mental garbage?) It’s nice to see that he is confident enough so he can play some blues again,I’d like to hear more.

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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby PENK » 12 Mar 2013, 11:06

At least one first-team player at Reading is Jewish (Nick Blackman), so I don't imagine hiring Di Canio would have a particularly inspiring effect.
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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Jeemo » 12 Mar 2013, 11:51

Di Canio is a fucking bomb scare waiting to happen. Badge kisser of the highest order. Behaved like a cunt at just about every team he played for. Doesn't take long for a "little problem" just about everywhere he goes. Its all about Paolo. I watched for a full season at Celtic, lots of brilliant football along with lots of huffs and unwillingnes to roll his sleeves up.
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Re: The Reading FC Thread

Postby Lord Rother » 12 Mar 2013, 12:01

Spec wrote:They need someone who is a stabling, calming influence not Di Canio. And not sure about Di Matteo either.

Owen Coyle is an interesting idea although I think Nigel Adkins might get it.

Phil Parkinson would be a popular choice, wouldn't he?


In many ways he would be a popular choice, as an RFC "legend" - until he was exposed as being out of his depth, which would probably happen.

McDermott >> Parkinson without a doubt.

I would be more than happy with Adkins as his teams play football that is good on the eye, which we haven't seen much of in the last decade or 2, despite the success along the way.

I just think Coyle is ridiculously under-rated and can't understand why he seems to be a forgotten man.