A couple of months back, Reading (then managed by Steve Clarke of course) took ex-Wolves right back Kevin Foley on trial. Having recently left FC Copenhagen in Denmark, the veteran was looking for a new club, which could potentially have been Reading. However, not long later, Foley departed - having been unsuccessful in his attempts to woo the Royals.
Now, ahead of tonight's trip to Portman Road - where Foley now plies his trade - the Irishman has spoken out about his very short time in Berkshire. Talking about Reading, he said...
"I went there for a couple of weeks of training. It went quite well but then the manager, Steve Clarke, went to Fulham for an interview and the next day he told me that he couldn't sign me, so that was that.
Because I felt it had gone quite well I was a bit disappointed but that's football. A couple of weeks later he got the sack anyway so it was just one of those things."
Those are interesting comments to say the least. Evidently, the move collapsed due to the Clarke/Fulham saga, but two things apart from that jump out at me. Firstly, Reading clearly saw something in Foley at the time - probably enough to warrant offering him a contract.
Secondly, more importantly, Foley saying that Clarke 'couldn't sign' him - a day after the interview with Fulham - potentially gives an insight into what was going on at the time. Naturally, I can't say for sure, but judging from this a certain interpretation springs to mind - that the board were so disappointed by his actions relating to Fulham that they wouldn't fund a move for Foley. If that's true, could you really blame them? Why give funds to a manager that they'd lost trust in?
Either way, for me, Foley would have been a solid addition to the side. With Chris Gunter the only recognised senior right back at the club, a back-up would have been very useful going into what will be a busy second half of the season.
What do you make of Foley's comments? Would you have liked to see him sign for Reading? Leave us a comment below. You can find the full, original article which we're quoting from here.