2012/13 Analysis & Opinion
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.