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2021/22 Analysis & Opinion

All the analysis and opinion content we had about Reading in the 2021/22 season.

2022: The Year Reading Came Back From The Brink

2022 was the year Reading gazed into the abyss and took a step back.

Should They Stay Or Should They Go Now?

To paraphrase The Clash, selling some players will cause Paul Ince trouble, while keeping others could double his woes. So, what should he do?

John Swift: Reading’s Visionary Nearly Man

For all his brilliance in the last six years, West Brom-bound Swift never quite reached his full potential at Reading.

So Long, Swifty

As John Swift moves on to pastures new, Harry thanks him for his six years of service.

The Day The Perfect Fantasy Became Reality

For Olly, Reading's 150th-anniversary legends game was fantastic nostalgia and the perfect antidote to a rough season.

Reading Are In The Beggar’s Camp, But The New Structure Is A Step In The Right Direction

Paul Ince and Mark Bowen have been confirmed as the dream team who will lead Reading on the pitch and behind the scenes next season.

OPINION: Who Will And Who Won’t Sign A New Deal At Reading?

Reading’s 26 out-of-contract players: who’s staying and who’s going?

How Much Does ‘Championship Experience’ Matter When Hiring A Manager?

We delved into the numbers behind managerial appointments in the second tier over the last five years.

Musings: Three Lessons Reading Must Learn from 2021/22

In a rehash of last year’s Musings on the same topic, let’s look at the key takeaways Reading must take from this season: on and off the pitch.

The Highs And Lows Of Reading’s 2021/22

Harry rounds up his three best and worst moments of the season.

The Emotionally Draining Nine-Month Fever Dream That Was Reading’s 2021/22

On and off the pitch, this season was bizarre, stressful and hard to get your head around.

Don’t Let Them Get Away With It

For B&W Jester, while the short-term goal of survival has been achieved, scrutiny must be maintained by fans on a host of other issues at Reading Football Club.

Vision, Communication And Reconciliation: What Should Have Already Happened And What Are The Next Steps?

Have we already harmed our chances of having a good summer? Adam takes an idealistic view of what should have happened already...

Brian McDermott And Paul Ince Get It, But Will Dai Yongge Listen?

Reading’s former and current managers have made clear their views on how the club’s run behind the scenes.

Lessons: When Will We Ever Learn?

How Reading survived despite the madness, fragility and lack of squad depth

Reading Secure Championship Safety: Reaction

Ben's take on the relief of Reading mathematically confirming safety despite a 3-0 loss at Hull.

Paul Ince Has Finally Come Into His Own As Reading Manager

After a terrific Easter Weekend, the personality of Paul Ince’s side is shining through on and off the pitch.

Paul Ince: Should Reading Stick Or Twist?

Would making Ince’s stay at Reading long-term be the right call? Ben has his say.

Josh Laurent: Reading’s Unlikely Number 10

Previously regarded as much more of a defence-minded midfielder, a change of manager has brought a change of position for Laurent.

Reading Are In A Good Position To Cope With Losing Andy Rinomhota And Yakou Meite

Losing Rino and Yaks shouldn’t take away from how much better the injury situation is now than it was a few months ago.

Don’t Underestimate The Value Of A Good Draw

In which Sim draws some conclusions about Reading’s relationship with stalemates this season.

Reading Are Making Alarmingly Little Progress Under Paul Ince

There's been little to no new-manager bounce for results or performances under the new gaffer.

A Further Message To Dai Yongge On Transparency, Fan Relations And The Current State Of Play

A managerial appointment and an upturn in form won’t be enough.

Plotting Reading’s Route To Championship Survival

A full breakdown of what the Royals need to do to stay in the second tier.

Paul Ince: The Interim Manager With A Point To Prove After An Eight-Year Dugout Absence

A deep dive into the managerial career of Reading’s new interim boss.

The Rise And Fall Of Veljko Paunovic

A look back at the once-promising, later disastrous Pauno period.

Veljko Paunovic Out, Paul Ince In: Reaction

Ben's take as Reading part company with Veljko Paunovic by mutual consent.

The Realities Of Relegation

A look into what could be, should the Royals drop into League One. I’ll warn you it’s not pretty.

This Team Needs As Much Support As We Can Give It

Be loud, be proud.

An Open Letter To Dai Yongge and Dayong Pang

A response to the owner and chief executive’s recent message to supporters.

Returning To Last Season’s Familiar 4-2-3-1 Is Reading’s Safest Bet

Sim explains why the Rino/Laurent double-pivot 4-2-3-1 system should make a comeback, and how Reading can improve on it with a few tweaks.

Reading Fans Need, And Deserve, Proper Answers About Kia Joorabchian

For Sim, Reading FC’s answer on this topic in the STAR SDM wasn’t sufficient - but the club still has the opportunity to provide much-needed clarity.