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Fans Verdict: Jose Gomes Sacked

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How the fans reacted to the huge news that Reading had pulled the trigger on Jose Gomes’ time as manager.

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Everyone knew that after the Bristol City loss, culminating in Reading’s fourth loss from their last five games, manager Jose Gomes would have the pressure cranked up even more on him. But I think few would have actually thought that the owners would’ve gone further and actually sacked him - which they have now reportedly done.

Since joining from Rio Ave back in December 2018, Gomes has turned the club completely upside down from what it was under Paul Clement. He got fans back onside, reinvigorated the passion and connection between the players and the fans and, ultimately, kept us in the Championship.

Since the big summer splash however, results haven’t been what the owners would’ve wanted or expected after backing Gomes so heavily. But, some fans argue - and argue quite strongly - that Gomes needed to be given time to turn the form around, and probably deserved that as well after all he did for the club last season.

Some of the fanbase however argued the opposite. Football is a results business and Gomes just wasn’t coming up with the results - which, on face value, is understandable. Whatever your viewpoint on whether he deserved to go or not, we all owe Gomes a hell of a lot of gratitude. Without him, God knows where we would be as a club and as a fanbase.

Here’s a selection of the tweets from the Reading fans after the news emerged that Gomes had been sacked...

The replacement

Now the question arises: just who is going to take over at the helm? Rumours have it that Sporting Director Mark Bowen has been placed in charge of the recruitment process. Funnily enough, Bowen and Kia Joorabchian - reportedly involved at Reading - both have strong ties with a certain Mark Hughes. Indeed, the former Stoke City manager’s name is doing the rounds on social media.

Other (more desirable) possible replacements include Chris Hughton, Gary Rowett, Aitor Karanka and even current Potters gaffer Nathan Jones, who looks destined for the exit door at the Bet365 Stadium. Whether you’re Gomes Out or Gomes In, I think it’s fair to say you’d rather not see Hughes take over the reigns - at least judging by the social media reaction to his name being thrown into the ring.

Here’s what the fans are saying regarding potential replacements - it’s sure to be an interesting few days at the Madejski Stadium to say the least...

Conclusion

Like I said, it’s going to be an interesting few days in Berkshire. There will be names thrown around left, right and centre. But sooner or later a new man will be put in charge.

It’s not going to please a huge amount of the Reading fanbase whoever comes in, because I think the majority of the Loyal Royals didn’t want Gomes to be sacked. But, as ever as fans, we need to get behind the team through thick and thin - because if we don’t, who else will?

URZ