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Former England Keeper Headlines Reading FC Backroom Reshuffle

Former England goalkeeper Dave Beasant has joined Reading as one of four new backroom staff announced today.

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Reading's backroom team had looked perilously thin after an end of season purge that saw several long-serving staff members including Sal Bibbo depart but now Steve Clarke has finally announced who he'll be working with at senior level next season.

The most eye-catching name is that of former England and Wimbledon goalkeeper Dave Beasant who replaced Bibbo as goalkeeping coach. Beasant joins from Stevenage where he'd even appeared on the bench a few times, including during their play-off semi-final defeat to Southend. Given our current goalkeeping crisis, Beasant probably is the second choice keeper at the club but hopefully that won't be the case for much longer!

Elsewhere and former West Brom full-back Steven Reid joins as first team coach, allowing Eamonn Dolan to revert back to the role of running the Academy. It will be Reid's first job in coaching since retiring at the end of last season and at just 34 he'll have a decent idea of the mindset of today's players.

The additions are rounded out by Jon Urwin who takes over as head physio and Stewart Bannister is the club's new kitman.

All four have previously worked or played with Clarke and hopefully they'll be able to help turn around what the Reading manager called a 'negative spiral' around the football club.

These appointments coupled with the seemingly imminent signing of Orlando Sa seem to suggest the purse strings have finally been opened by the Thai owners and at long last we've got something positive and encouraging to write about.

So how's that for progress Tilehurst Enders? Happy with today's developments?