Get Reading have an exclusive with Royals Chairman Sir John Madejski who tells the paper that he's back making the key decisions around the club. However, Sir John warns fans not to expect any quick fixes with the ownership questions.
Since the loss to Brighton in the FA cup and a follow up meeting with the players, everything has changed at Reading. Good form has emerged and Adkins says hard work was key to this. Adkins also discusses the impressive partnership of ALF and Pog, and says the reason Royston Drenthe hasn’t been playing is because of the form of McAnuff and McCleary. He also praises the talent of Danny Guthrie, implying he will be back in the team when he reaches full fitness.
Coming on after half an hour against Millwall amidst the hostile atmosphere of the New Den with the score locked at 0-0 did nothing to dent the confidence of Jake Taylor. Making only his eight appearance for Reading since graduating from the Academy, he took the game in his stride, and put in an accomplished performance next to Danny Williams – a player Taylor says gives him so much confidence in the middle of the park. Taylor is keen to repay the faith Nigel Adkins has put in him this season by giving him his first real chance at breaking into the first team squad, and says he’ll do whatever job he is asked to do if it moves the team forward. Taylor’s attitude, hard work, and solid performances when ever he is called upon are noticed by his teammates too, with Garath McCleary dragging him over to the away fans at Millwall for some well deserved plaudits.
Can any of our players top this moment of madness, but sheer brilliance from Alex Pearce?!
A hattrick for Le Fondre v Blackpool and a goal and clean-sheet against Millwall for Pearce, meant both earned a place in the weeks best XI. To be honest, Pearce deserves to be in there for his outstanding celebration alone.
An ever present before his calf injury at the start of January, Danny Guthrie resumed training on Monday after a month out, and will have full week of training under his belt before the Sheffield Wednesday game, where he is expected to make the squad. With the injury to Hope Akpan, Guthrie might have found himself an easy route back into the team, but Jake Taylor’s solid display against Millwall may still mean he pips Guthrie to a starting position.
In the year to June 30th 2013 the club’s loss before tax was £2.3 million, down from £11.7 million in the previous year. This is due to the promotion to the Premier League. Being in the Premier League for that one sorry season increased turnover to £59.3 million, up a "whopping"£44 million from the earlier year, with £47.8 million of that turnover coming from the broadcasting rights in the Premier League. The two notable arriving transfers of Adrian Mariappa and Chris Gunter, and signing of Pavel Pogrebnyak, are the main reasons for an £26 million increase in staff costs. Nevertheless, increased finances will have helped push the decision to invest in a new training ground, with contracts recently exchanged with the Royal Merchant Navy for a new site.
Director of Football Nick Hammond says despite a busy day on the phone with other clubs on deadline day, it’s pleasing that we managed to keep this squad together. Cardiff mounted a late push to grab Adam Le Fondre for £2.5 million, and Swansea were interested in Garath McCleary and Alex McCarthy. Hammond makes it clear a that a number of enquires came in and figures proposed were no where near our valuation, so the promising signs this squad is starting to show under Nigel Adkins can continue throughout the second half of the season.