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2012/13 Analysis & Opinion

The end of "The Reading Way"

Things are changing at Reading Football Club and the much heralded "Reading Way" is on its way out. We have a look at what the new Russian regime's approach has been

The unfaltering and underrated Jay Tabb

Less than ninety league appearances and amazingly no competitive goal over his four and a half years at the Madejski. Tabby leaves as potentially the most popular of all this summer’s departures. Let's look back to find out why.

2012/13 Report Cards: Forwards

So we've looked through the positions from back to front and with the 'keepers getting an overall B-, the defenders a C and the midfield a C-, will the strikers continue or buck the downward trend?

2012/13 Report Cards: Midfielders

So we've looked back at the goalkeepers' and the defenders' performances from the campaign. Today it's the turn of the midfield who as a unit had an underwhelming 12 months.

Reading 2012/13 - What Went Wrong: Transfers

The third in this series inspecting why the Royals survived just one season in the Premier League - and this time the focus is on transfers. Eleven new players featured for Reading in the 2012/13 season, but did any of them make a big impact?

2012/13 Report Cards: Defenders

So after reviewing the goalkeepers last week it's time to take a look at the men designed to protect them, the defence. A settled back four was one of the biggest problems this year and we look at the nine men who played in defence for Reading.

Baseless Transfer Speculation

A speculative look at who Reading FC may target in summer 2013

2012/13 Report Cards: Goalkeepers

Over the next few weels we'll look back at each player from the 2012/13 season and review how they performed over the course of the season. Today we'll start with the goalkeepers, where three players all started Premier League games.

Reading 2012/13 - What Went Wrong: Injuries

A look back at what went wrong for Reading during the 2012/13 Premier League season, starting with injuries. Every team has to deal with players missing games, but the Royals had to cope without some of their best for large chunks of the season.

Reading's 2012/13: The good, the bad & the ugly

So the 2012/13 season is finally over and to be honest it's a season that I'll be in a hurry to forget. It wasn't just that we were relegated, no it's more than that. Here's a look at the good the bad & the ugly.

Farewell Noel - Five of his best Reading moments

Noel Hunt confirmed that he'll be leaving the club with a string of tweets after yesterday's defeat at West Ham. Here we look back on some of his best moments in a Reading shirt.

Should They Stay Or Should They Go Now?

Now Reading’s relegation is confirmed, who in the current squad should be turfed out to make way for fresh faces that could bring a new dawn to the Madejski? Nigel Adkins may need to go "knock knock knocking on (Nicky) Hammond’s door."

Adios Alfie?

One of the more meaningful things to come out of our latest march to relegation this past weekend were the postmatch comments of Adam Le Fondre, who strongly hinted at his frustrations and added fuel to the belief that he may well be off this summer.

Viagogreat, or Viagoplease?

Love it or hate it, this season you've been able to buy and sell tickets to Reading FC games via ticket exchange website Viagogo. Six months on we look at the pros and cons of the partnership.

Thanks Brian - Closing the book on McDermott's era

When Nigel Adkins begins his time as Reading manager on Saturday at the Emirates, perhaps spare a little thought for one man who'll probably be hurting more than most. Brian McDermott.

Nigel Adkins Press Conference - Key Points

So we've now heard from Adkins as Reading's new manager as well as hearing from Anton Zingarevich, Nick Hammond and Sir John Madejski. Here are some of the key points from this mornings news conference.

Nigel Adkins named Reading manager

Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has become the new Reading manager, replacing Brian McDermott who was sacked just under two weeks ago. He'll be officially revealed to the public at a press conference this morning.

The Finances Behind Reading's Championship Season

ACA qualified accountant Mozzle takes a detailed look at the Football's Club's accounts for the 2011/12 season and sees some very worrying numbers.

The Unanswered Questions Which Surrounded Brian.

Brian leaves the Madejski having given both club and fans arguably four of the greatest seasons. But he also leaves with big questions over his handling of team affairs. Questions that in my mind, inevitably led to his departure.

The Downfall of Brian McDermott

As Brian McDermott is linked with a return to Reading, here's how Wimb looked back on his career in the immediate aftermath of his sacking in 2013.

The Day The "Reading Way" Died?

Reading blogger urzz1871 gives a personal view on what the sudden sacking of Brian McDermott says about Reading FC and its new way of working.

Twitter Reacts to McDermott's Departure

Here's the initial reaction on Twitter to the news. We'll continue to update this list as time goes on.

Di Canio Early Favourite To Succeed McDermott

The bookmakers have installed former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio as the 5/4 favourite to succeed Brian McDermott as Reading manager. We take a quick look at the early front runners.

Brian McDermott Sacked As Reading Manager

Brian McDermott has left Reading after just over three years in the job and with the team 19th in the Premier League. Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa seems to have been the last straw for Reading owner Anton Zingarevich.

Lash-out on Ledge or backlash on Brian?

All players go through bad patches, and Mikele Leigertwood has certainly been having one. How much of the viscous outpour of emotion on Saturday was meant for him, and how much was meant for his manager that persists playing him in poor form?

A defence of Mikele Leigertwood

After 82 minutes of this Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa, I was ashamed to be Reading fan after a sizeable number of fans jeered off a player who, for me at least, represents everything that is good about our football club, Mikele Leigertwood.

Risk Assessment: Danny Guthrie

When Danny Guthrie plays, Reading pick up points. Issues behind the scenes are the main reason he isn't playing, but is this just a selfish, short-term attitude of the coaching staff?

The Great Escape Continued: Can RFC make It?

Can the Royals save themselves? February didn't quite go to plan in the end. So let's have a look at March's fixtures and see if we can put it right? It'll be good if you share your thoughts too.

Preparing For Poglessness

Pavel Pogrebnyak's straight red card against Wigan means that the striker will miss the next three games. Given the injury to Jason Roberts that leaves no obvious alternative to take his place at the head of our 4-5-1. So how will Reading adapt?

Premier League clubs vote to limit spending

It's been mooted for a while but finally the 20 Premier League clubs have apparently agreed on measures to limit spending, though whether it's a good or a bad thing for Reading long-term we'll have to wait and see.

Not Alf Bad - Le Fondre Wins Premier League POTM

Adam Le Fondre is already a Reading cult hero in the mould of such strikers as Jamie Cureton, Dave Kitson and Shane Long, but he managed something none of the others could do and was named Premier League Player of the Month for January 2013.

McDermott - Manager Of Many Months

Brian McDermott has been confirmed the Premier League Manager Of The Month for January 2013. But whilst the Reading boss is in his first season in the top flight, he was no stranger to the award in the Championship.