Can you believe it's been a week already? Yes, a whole week. I'm serious. Unlike last time out where you had to wait THREE FRICKIN' WEEKS for this wonderful feature, this time round you've only had to hang about for a week. Lucky you.
Anyway, this week there's not been much going on, to be honest. Bolton, yawn. Football Blogging Awards, yawn. Steve Clarke almost leaving but not, yaw—wait!
Here's how it played out...
First, the news.
I'm sad and shocked to say this, but from what I understand it looks like Steve Clarke is on his way to Fulham. #readingfc— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 18, 2015
Then the immediate reaction.
How wonderfully retro for #ReadingFC to lose a manager to a rival club. Gives a whole new generation experience we had with McGhee & Pardew.— Will Jones (@WilliamOwain) November 18, 2015
#ReadingFC manager shortlist; Uwe Rosler Peter Pan Alex Ferguson Jimmy Kebe Kit Symons Dave from down the pub Queensley Lady Sasima— Lowy (@Concept_Jack) November 18, 2015
Would be something if #SteveClarke quits #readingfc Overhauled players and back room in summer, backed by new ownership, must be some offer.— Tony Husband (@TonyHusbandBBC) November 18, 2015
Casting my mind back to Mark McGhee's ill fated decision to leave #readingfc in '94. Some echoes here.— Tony Husband (@TonyHusbandBBC) November 18, 2015
Then the speculation.
Get in real Sir Steve back! #coppellIN #readingfc— Richard (Dougal) (@F8RDR) November 18, 2015
Apprentice type auditions for the new manager where they have 2 hours to buy a player with a budget of £100,000 #readingfc— Zac Williams-Smith (@imnotasian1994) November 18, 2015
@SunJonnyFordham Maybe he's sad Sasima didn't include him in the song lyrics— Daniel James Cross (@danieljcross) November 18, 2015
Then more reactions.
Pissed off if Clarke leaves he's been backed by owners brought players in changed back room staff for a sideways move #readingfc #ffc— Kieran Townsend (@kizza_1988) November 18, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: Steve Clarke has been spotted outside Craven Cottage. More news to follow. #readingfc pic.twitter.com/sHMQn20UGL— Ben Bairabas (@benbairabas) November 18, 2015
Steve Clarke has the haunted look of a grizzled old lighthouse keeper cut off for months by storms who's developed a taste for his own urine— White Noise (@WhiteNoise1879) November 19, 2015
Steve clarke came in changed all back room staff who were rocks at the club,at least stay then and finish the job you started— stephen hunt (@stephenhunt1010) November 19, 2015
"There must be more to it" "The must be problems behind the scenes". Nope, just a gutless manager who can be easily bought.— Mark (@_One8Seven1_) November 19, 2015
Sack half the staff, bring new guys in, demand loyalty then fuck off for more money. It's called 'pulling a Steve Clarke'. #readingfc— Michael Doyle (@michael92doyle) November 19, 2015
Why can't MJ just keep his nose out?! #readingfc pic.twitter.com/CWhdVhYc9E— Welshy (@George_RFC) November 19, 2015
Odds have been slashed on DJMegaParty being appointed next #ReadingFC manager, from 20/1 to 2/5. Raise the roof, etc etc.— Jacob South Klein (@JacobSouthKlein) November 19, 2015
Then the official Reading FC Twitter account got spammed a tad.
@ReadingFC Announce @Redknapp— Robert A. (@robertallen14) November 19, 2015
November 19, 2015
@ReadingFC announce Pearson— Mark (@Lobester_M) November 19, 2015
@ReadingFC Announce Pep Guardiola— Richard Ferris (@RF_RFC) November 19, 2015
It is time <3. https://t.co/af98clsT0E #readingfc— Matthew (@maffff) November 19, 2015
Then he stayed. U turn!
Wooooh. From what I understand that after talking to Fulham, Clarke now wants to stay at #ReadingFC!!!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/MBMNXQJjGL— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 19, 2015
@charles_watts too late. The fact he has spoke to them just shows he can no longer be trusted. Game over clarke.— Max Cruttenden (@maxiebadger) November 19, 2015
@charles_watts too late now, how do you ask players to work hard and fight for promotion when not even his interests are in sticking around.— Robert Hyndman (@HyndmanR) November 19, 2015
@charles_watts If this is the case, Clarke does not give me confidence at all. Just a job to him but we care and live our club.— frx209 (@frx209) November 19, 2015
That. Was. Tense.
Anyway. He stayed. The Tilehurst End went (up north).
Team TTE here at the #FBAs pic.twitter.com/JwKOqEFQVY— The Tilehurst End (@TheTilehurstEnd) November 19, 2015
@TheTilehurstEnd Wise decision to rest your most important players for Bolton. At least that's what @RoyalHoops and I are telling ourselves.— Will Jones (@WilliamOwain) November 19, 2015
@TheTilehurstEnd can't believe hoops still remains faceless does he really exist? No westy?— ian martin (@ianmartin2014) November 19, 2015
Alas like Reading in a play-off final we came close but didn't get the prize. Touched to be nominated and for all the support #wemoveon— The Tilehurst End (@TheTilehurstEnd) November 19, 2015
Neither did whoever's in this.
Looking for a coffin as unique as you are? Come to see our range at the Reading Office #readingfc #colourfulcoffins pic.twitter.com/dHct0WRkwf— Miles and Daughters (@MilesFunerals) November 20, 2015
You thought the Clarke tweets had finished? Silly you.
@JANUSZCZAK @RoyalHoops my reaction will be wholly dependent on if Steve does in fact give us a wave when requested.— The Tilehurst End (@TheTilehurstEnd) November 21, 2015
You thought it was cold on Saturday? Silly you...
@TheTilehurstEnd #ttepodcast shorts spotted today.Whats the most inappropriate clothing uv seen at rfc #brassmonkeys pic.twitter.com/uAJZ8TmC1n— Ben Print (@PrintyBen) November 21, 2015
Still not done with Clarke.
Steve Clarkes havin a party,bring your bank card and your money,Steve Clarkes havin a party, bring your bank card and your money, #readingfc— Jack_Bromhead (@JackBromhead) November 23, 2015
With Benitez probably getting sacked, who will get the Real Madrid job? Zidane is 6/4 fav! https://t.co/WKozc6Q5k4 pic.twitter.com/bMznsvcDGn— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 23, 2015
@GarethBale22 @paddypower @TheTilehurstEnd pretty sure that Steve Clarke will fly over for a "professional chat"— dave mccormack (@davemc_exile) November 23, 2015
Stacey's mum has got it going on (so a song reliably informs me). Oh, and he's on loan now.
Looking forward to the next month on loan at @BarnetFC ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/n3BqklAfHc— Jack Stacey (@jackstacey_) November 23, 2015
This, just because.
Watch the latest episode of The Academy, as #FletchAndSav meet two of @ReadingFC's up-and-coming stars. https://t.co/qmgDp4Tfto— Fletch And Sav (@FletchAndSav) November 24, 2015
That's your lot.
I'm done. Clarke remains (for now).
My blood is still blue. My wings are still white.