The last time we asked you how Reading’s owners were getting on, the club had just changed hands from a majority Thai consortium to the Chinese sibling pair of Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li. Now the new partnership have been able to oversee almost a year in charge, we though it was time to poll the Mad Stad faithful on the job that has been done.
The summer saw Reading nail down Jaap Stam’s future with a well received new contract, spending big on Sone Aluko while Championship level additions such as Dave Edwards, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Leandro Bacuna were also made. Furthermore, Ron Gourlay has been brought in as Chief Executive with Ged Roddy now the head of the academy.
Training ground-wise, work does appear to be ongoing regarding a move from Hogwood to Bearwood and that should be a shot in the arm for the academy also, which has produced Omar Richards, Sam Smith and Tom Holmes for senior breakthroughs this campaign, a number of which have signed new contracts.
On the pitch, the team has gone from play-off finalists to relegation battlers. Perhaps some signings have bedded in better than others, but the constant has been Jaap Stam, who the powers that be steadfastly refused to let go until very recently.
So, what have you made of it all?
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It is worth noting how the Thai owners fared across their tenure:
October 2015: 3.76/5
July 2016: 2.5/5
May 2017: 3.06/5
July 2017: 3.49/5