News and Views

Another Win As Royals Climb Table

09 November 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The remarkable transformation of Reading's season continued with a thoroughly convincing three goal victory over struggling Luton. Raphael beat away Crainey's shot on eight minutes which proved to be The Hatters only attempt on target in the entire match. With better finishing Reading would have been out of sight by half time such was their dominance in all areas of the pitch. However they had to settle for a comfortable two goal cushion at the interval with well taken goals from Morrison and Ejaria. There was perhaps a little concern amongst the home fans of a repeat of the previous home win over Millwall in which The Royals hung on to a two one win after leading by the same margin at half time. They need not have worried, for although Luton enjoyed a long spell of possession after the interval, Raphael was not called upon to make a save. Substitute McCleary finally removed any lingering doubts of a Luton revival with a winner eleven minutes from time.
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Seven Points From Nine Under Bowen

02 November 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading's revival under new manager Mark Bowen continued with a second successive home win against a Millwall side also adjusting to playing under a new boss. Brilliant strikes form Obita and Baldock proved to sufficient to secure the points in spite a spirited response from the visitors following a Jed Wallace goal against the run of play after sixty three minutes. Reading were not helped by losing Luke Moore due to a recurrence of his recent shoulder injury early in the second half. There were some anxious moments in the Reading penalty area in final twenty minutes but determination and a little luck enabled them to produce a win which continues the momentum gained in recent games.
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Bowen Starts Managerial Career With Victory

19 October 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading secured a much needed dramatic victory in the eighth minute of stoppage time when Matt Miazga fired home the rebound from Jordan Obita's superb strike from outside the box. Newly appointed Mark Bowen could not have wished for a better start to his tenure as Royals manager. Bowen's impact was immediate and obvious for all to see and his reward of three points was richly deserved. In a refreshing change of tactics, the tedious exchange of passes around their own penalty area were replaced by a desire to get the ball forward quicker and more directly. Defensively the marking was tighter and every Reading player was quick to close down opponents on the ball to such an extent North End were restricted a mere four goal attempts on target to Reading's twelve. The players looked more comfortable with the change in tactics and the fans went home happy for the first time since the win against Cardiff way back in August.
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Mark Bowen Set To Be Named Manager

14 October 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Mark Bowen is expected to be named as the new Reading first team manager, to replace Jose Gomes who was sacked last week. Bowen has been at Reading since March of this year, arriving as a consultant before becoming "sporting director" in August 2019. Bowen was expected to be in charge of finding a new manager for the club but instead will now become manager himself.

It is being widely reported that Bowen agreed terms with the club last night to become the new boss. It an appointment that seems underwhelming, particually as he follows on from a manager that fans thought capable of turning the fortunes of the club around, before having his contract cut dramatically short. Bowen has a tough act to follow and will do well to remain long-term manager given the recent managerial history at Reading FC.

Bowen will take control with his team already in the bottom three of the Championship. Although fans had high hopes at the start of the season, Bowen will now been seen as a success if he can simply prevent Reading from dropping into League One. Expectations have dramatically changed at the club since Gomes led the Royals into the top half of the table less than two months ago.

Bowen's signed a temporary playing contract with Reading in 1999 after a long playing career that included spells at Spurs, Norwich, West Ham United and Charlton before arriving at Reading. He made a single appearance for the Royals in the first round of the Auto Windscreens Shield, playing 90 minutes as the Royals beat Leyton Orient 1-0 in front of 1,561 fans at the Madejski Stadium. He never played for the Royals again and instead hung up his boots to become assistant manager of Wales under Mark Hughes. Most of Bowen's coaching career has involved following Hughes as assistant manager.

Apart from a brief spell as caretaker manager at QPR, Bowen has been assistant manager almost non-stop since taking the role with Wales. He was reserve manager at Crystal Palace before spells at Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke and Southampton before arriving at Reading earlier this year.

Bowen is expected to bring former Reading coach Eddie Niedzwiecki back to the club to become his assistant. Former Chelsea goalkeeeper Niedzwiecki was caretaker manager of Reading for nearly a month in April 1991 after the departure of Ian Porterfield.