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Reading FC News Bites - 16th October

Newsbites are back after an early season slump! Lets hope Anton returns soon too...

Warren Little

Madejski shaky over Anton deal – Reading Chronicle

The Chronicle reports that Sir John Madejski has banished the media from the calamity surrounding Anton Zingarich’s proposed, and overdue takeover of the remainder of Reading FC despite demands from supporters for more information.

After problems with a proposed investment in Everton collapsed eight years ago, fans are now worried that lightening may strike twice. Anton’s absence, while he's in Russia with his new-born child, is doing nothing to ease fears that he has cold feet over a future in Berkshire. Meanwhile, STAR are doing their best to calm supporters.

Morro says its “football politics” keeping McCarthy out of the England team – Get Reading

Since Alex McCarthy was selected in Roy Hodgson’s England squad at the end of last season, he hasn’t been called upon again. Royals stand-in captain Sean Morrison puts this down to the “football politics” of playing back down in the Championship. Morro continues by saying Macca is “the same keeper he was last season, if not better” and will be back in the England squad in time.

Assistant Manager Andy Crosby says McCarthy’s England chance will come – Reading Chronicle

Crosby emphasises how our 23-year-old shot-stopper is performing for Reading and that’s all he can do to recapture the attention of Roy Hogdson – “If he continues to improve he’s got a great career ahead of him.”

Royals youngster Liam Kelly becomes internet sensation (again!) – Official Site

After scoring an audacious freekick playing for our under 18s earlier this season, Liam Kelly has gone on to score a daring piledriver from the halfway line for Ireland under 18s to earn his side a 1-0 win. Its definitely worth checking out the website for this one.

Obita’s gamble paid off – Get Reading

Academy graduate turned first team starlet Jordan Obita discusses his decision to end his loan spell with Oldham early last season when Nigel Adkins was appointed as Reading boss. Obita says he came back to “to impress the manager early”, which he believes paid off when he was selected for the Royals pre-season tour. The youngster’s ambition, and also his level-headedness shine through in the article as he talks about how he was desperate to be the best player on the tour and also how he is pleased with the opportunities he has been given so far this season.

20 goals please to pull us to promotion says Crosby – Reading Chronicle

Andy Crosby says one of strikers will need to stand up and be counted with a 20 goal return this season to return us to the promised land. No player has reached this tally since Shane Long in the Wembley season, and even the most optimistic of Reading fans would be questioning Crosby’s belief in one of our strikers achieving this feat, with only 8 goals between our recognised forwards so far this season.

Royals fans on best behaviour – Official site

Only 9 Royals supporters were arrested in last season’s Barclays Premier League season, and just one of these was at the Madejski Stadium. The club are keen to thank fans for their “exemplary behaviour” and also praise matchday stewards who keep “high standards” at our home matches.