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
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.
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.
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
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 Pearson— Mark (@Lobester_M) November 19, 2015
@ReadingFC Announce Pep Guardiola— Richard Ferris (@RF_RFC) November 19, 2015
Then he stayed. U turn!
@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).
@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.
You thought the Clarke tweets had finished? Silly you.
You thought it was cold on Saturday? Silly you...
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
Stacey's mum has got it going on (so a song reliably informs me). Oh, and he's on loan now.
This, just because.
That's your lot.
I'm done. Clarke remains (for now).
My blood is still blue. My wings are still white.