A few days ago, we asked you to tell us how good or bad a job you think Paul Clement is doing in two polls. Firstly, our normal approval rating (grading him 1-5), and secondly an in/out poll to see how many of you think he should stay in his job.
Simply put, the results don’t make for good reading if you’re pro-Paul Clement. A whopping 72.1% of you think the former Derby County and Swansea City manager should leave the club now, with just 19% opting to give him some more time, and 5.1% happy to see him stay in his position in the longer term.
Going by the feeling on social media, it’s been clear in recent weeks that plenty of you have grown tired of Reading’s poor form and want to see a change in management. At time of writing The Royals have won just three games this season, sitting 22nd in the Championship. Pressure was further mounted on Clement after the Swansea City match when The Sun claimed Reading had already approached former Aston Villa gaffer Steve Bruce as Clement’s replacement.
To be fair to the current manager, he’s been at a club that’s goes through trouble both on and off the pitch. Fan apathy is the highest it’s been in quite some time, there’s reported instability behind the scenes, and the team Clement inherited had only won a handful of games in the months before Jaap Stam’s sacking.
Going by the results of that poll, the supporters have seemingly had enough - just 15 matches into the 2018/19 campaign. Whether or not removing Clement would improve Reading’s fortunes - not to mention who would be able to turn things around for us - is another matter.
We also put out our normal ‘approval rating’ which, despite again not looking good for Clement, probably could have been worse.
5/5 - 3.1%
4/5 - 3.7%
3/5 - 11.%
2/5 - 44.2%
1/5 - 37.4%
That comes out at an average of just 1.9/5 which, for context, is just 0.1 higher than the mark you gave Jaap Stam when the Dutchman was sacked in March 2018. The fact that it’s taken you such a short length of time to reach a similar score for Paul Clement - just seven months into his time at the club - suggests a lot of you are already fed up.
Below, we’ve included our historic approval rating scores for Reading managers since early 2015 to see how Clement fares overall.