What next for Reading Football Club?By David Wright
May 13, 2009
Royals will have to make major decisions but what do you want to happen?
Evening Post sports editor David Wright writes:
Well that’s it folks!
No Premier League football for at least another season – but it could well be longer, much longer.
Last night was a very disappointing one for Royals.
The players could certainly not be accused of a lack of effort; their performance, particularly in the opening 45 minutes of this play-off semi-final, ranked among the best seen at Madejski Stadium for several months.
But it’s all about goals and, for the umpteenth time this season, Royals were unable to produce the goods, despite the efforts of young Simon Church, Shane Long and Dave Kitson.
The bottom line is, that Reading were simply not good enough to, especially when playing at home.
Not good enough to secure promotion and certainly not good enough to play in the Premier League. They don’t look any better than Hull City.
So improvements and changes will be have to be made.
Steve Coppell revealed last night he will be leaving and one or two of his back-up staff may well follow him.
Several players, having previously tasted Premier League football, will be looking for the Madejski Stadium exit door.
Some were getting itchy feet a year ago, and now they will be even more keen to move on.
Another big question is, do the people of Reading really want to see Premier League football?
The question has to be raised because thousands didn’t bother to support the Royals last night in what was their most important game of the whole season.
The attendance was less than 20,000 – rather pathetic in my opinion.
Admittedly, last night’s game was live on TV and Reading season-ticket holders had to pay again for a seat.
But the place should have been packed to the rafters. Such a major game deserved a full house.
The inquest on the season will begin today and no doubt thousands of fans will have their thoughts on what has gone wrong this season.
And the Post wants to hear your views.
Who would you like to see as Royals’ next manager?
Which players should be made available for transfer?
What other changes need to be made if the club are make another serious challenge for promotion next season.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org phone (0118) 9183000 or use the comment facilty to tell us what you think.