Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sat, 26 Sep 2020 08:54:24 BST Sat, 26 Sep 2020 08:54:24 BST 1800 Lewis Gibson Loan Confirmed Reading have confirmed the signing of Everton defender Lewis Gibson on a season long loan deal. Gibson played at the Newcastle academy before joining Everton in the summer of 2017. He is yet to play a competitive fixture for the Toffees and spent the second half of last season on loan at League One Fleetwood. At Fleetwood he played 11 times in the league (including both play-off semi final legs). He also featured for Everton's U21 side in the Football League Trophy. http://www.royals.org/news/876/Lewis_Gibson_Loan_Confirmed 876 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:37:12 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Defeat 9 Man Barnsley Reading took full advantage of two huge errors of judgement by Barnsley's centre backs to claim their second win of the season against a very organised and competitive Barnsley side. Having dominated the game for forty minutes Barnsley were reduced to ten men when Helik foolishly brought down Joao as the Reading striker chased down along ball. Ironically immediately before that incident Rinomhota had denied Barnsley a goal with an incredible block from Ludewig. Reading had rarely threatened the Barnsley goal up to that point but the numerical advantage allowed them to take more control in midfield. Mid way through the second half the ball bobbed around in front of the Barnsley goal following a Reading corner and Yakou Meite nodded the ball over the line from close range. A minute later Barnsley's other centre back, Anderson, decided to handle the ball outside his own box and received a second yellow card leaving the visitors down to nine men. That was pretty much game over. Olise put the result beyond doubt with an exquisitely executed volley from outside the box when the ball was cleared from a corner. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/190920/Reading_2_Barnsley_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/190920/Reading_2_Barnsley_0"><strong>Reading 2 Barnsley 0</strong> - Match Report and Opinion</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/875/Reading_Defeat_9_Man_Barnsley 875 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:36:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Start League Campaign With Victory Inspired by an outstanding exhibition of forward play from Lucas Joao Reading, under new manager Veljko Paunovic, were able to get off to a winning start to this season's league campaign. It was an impressive and thoroughly deserved win for the Royals. With a blend of superb individual skill, sharp and incisive passing and disciplined defending throughout the team, Reading controlled the game from start to finish. Derby enjoyed a lot of possession without threatening to get back into the game after a confident and cohesive Reading side had taken a two goal lead though Joao and Ejaria by half time. There were many aspects of this Reading performance to be admired but if there was one feature which stood out was the quality of decisions made by the whole team when in possession. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/120920/Derby_0_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/120920/Derby_0_Reading_2"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Derby County 0 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/874/Reading_Start_League_Campaign_With_Victory 874 Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:17:11 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Bowen Leaves Club Former manager Mark Bowen has made a clean break of it and left Reading Football Club. And who can blame him? After being unfairly dumped as first team manager just as the new season was about to get underway, he was offered to move back to his old position as director of football but has chosen to depart. Bowen may not have been a popular choice when he was installed as manager last October, but he leaves with much respect for his time at the club and his conduct as manager. He also was successful in guiding the club to a mid-table finish from a relegation position on arrival and did let to justify being relieved of his position. <br/><br/> In our forum polls, over 80% of Reading fans think that getting a new manager in is the wrong decision, and over 60% are underwhelmed or worse that the new manager is Veljko Paunovic. It is clear that fans are not happy with the club's decision to remove the manager, the chief executive, and be left without a director of football with just days to the new season. It is unnecessary chaos at a time when stability is needed. http://www.royals.org/news/873/Bowen_Leaves_Club 873 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:24:03 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Another Season Another Manager It's now barely a surprise when Reading FC's owners make stupid decisions to replace yet another manager who has been given hardly any time and done what might be considered a reasonable job. This this around it is Mark Bowen that is being relieved of his duties for no good reason as manager of the Reading FC first team. It's more of a shoulder shrug than anything else as Bowen steps aside in favour of another unknown manager who will turn up for a bit, do ok as Reading bump around the bottom half of the table, and then get sacked next summer or earlier. <br/><br/> You have to feel sorry for Bowen who was appointed Reading manager only in October last year and guided Reading to a respectable mid-table finish with 14 wins from 40 matches. He did all that was really expected of him. Bowen is expected to remain at the club but will shrink back behind the scenes, perhaps in his previous position. <br/><br/> The new manager is Veljko Paunovic who managed American side Chicago Fire in the MLS between 2015 and 2019, where he took them to the play-offs ones season but in his other seasons did a thoroughly average job. Paunovic was an attacking midfielder or striker in his playing days, and is a young manager at just 43. It's a strange appointment and not a very exciting one. But as always we wish Paunovic well and obviously hope he is successful. <br/><br/> Reading's owners put out a statement that quite frankly sounded like a load of old bollocks: <i>"This has been a process and this appointment has been made only after long, careful consideration. After meeting with him, we found Veljko to be an exceptional candidate who impressed us immediately. I am sure he is the right man for Reading Football Club. I'm delighted he has agreed to sign as our new manager." <br/><br/> Paunovic takes over as Reading manger just a week before the new season kicks-off with the Royals playing Colchester United at the Madejski Stadium in the Leage Cup next Saturday. Our first league game is Saturday 12 September - a trip to Derby County. Expectations for the new season are not high. <br/><br/> In better news, Reading have finally secured the services of Ovie Ejaria, who finally joins the Royals permanantly on a four year contract. http://www.royals.org/news/872/Another_Season_Another_Manager 872 Sun, 30 Aug 2020 10:43:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? All Change At The Top Reading FC are making dramatic changes behind the scenes as they shuffle around the board room - and manager Mark Bowen is strongly rumoured to be set to return to his Director of Football role. The club have already confirmed that Nigel Howe is no longer the Chief Executive, but he will remain at the club as "vice-Chairman". Dayong Pang will become the new chief executive to replace Howe. <br/><br/> Howe has been credited with bringing stability back to the club after returning a second time to become CEO, so it seems a strange decision to replace him immediately before the start of a fresh season. The same may apply to Mark Bowen if he finds himself removed from the manager's position with the new season set to begin. <br/><br/> <strong>Club Statement:</strong> <br/><br/> <i>Howe will return to his previous position as Vice-Chairman and resume responsibility for the property side of the business incorporating into his role the completion of the development of our new state-of-the-art training facility, Bearwood Park, and the future plans for the site at Hogwood Park. He will also continue in his role as a member of the EFL board. <br/><br/> Mr Dayong Pang, who has worked closely with Mr Dai for a number of years, will now step up to assume the role of Chief Executive. <br/><br/> Owner Mr Dai Yongge would like to thank Nigel for his hard work in his capacity as CEO and looks forward to his continued contribution to the club and its owners moving forward. He would also like to wish Mr Dayong Pang every success in this new and important role. </i> http://www.royals.org/news/871/All_Change_At_The_Top 871 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:48:43 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading FC: New Season Fixtures In Full Reading FC's fixtures for the new 2020/2021 Championship season have been released this morning. The new Championship season is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday 12 September, about a month later than normal, and the Royals will begin with a trip to Derby County. Despite the late start to the season it will finish as planned on Saturday 8 May when Reading will end the season with a home match against Huddersfield Town. League games will come thick and fast to fit a full season's fixtures in and there are midweek games on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening's for the majority of weeks. <br/><br/> Reading's first competitive fixture will be on Saturday 5 September as they start the new season with a home League Cup fixture against Colchester United at the Madejski Stadium behind closed doors. It is still not clear if football league clubs will be able to open their doors to some fans in October or if we will have to wait longer to watch live football again. <br/><br/> Other interesting dates in Reading's fixture calendar include an away trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday 23 February and home Boxing Day fixtures against Luton Town. <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/fixtures.html">Reading FC Fixtures 2020/2021 Season - Full Fixture List</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/870/Reading_FC:_New_Season_Fixtures_In_Full 870 Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:42:17 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Ins And Outs In the short break between seasons there has already been plenty of activity for the Royals as they make changes to their squad. However, it is mostly outs rather than ins as the club look to cut costs. <br/><br/> The big in is 25 year old midfielder Josh Laurent who has signed a two year contract with the Royals. Laurent has joined Reading on a free transfer after he failed to extend his contract at League One Shrewsbury Town. Manager Mark Bowen has described Laurent as a "hungry, vibrant, energetic young midfielder who I am sure will make an impact". Shrewsbury had a mixed season and like the Royals finished midtable, with Laurent making 42 appearances across the season in League and cup competitions, scoring 4 goals and picked up 5 yellow cards. He has previously signed for Hartlepool and Wigan, but made just a handful appearances for Wigan and spent the 2017/2018 season on loan at Bury. His Championship experience was coming off the bench for Wigan in March 2017 during a 1-0 win at Birmingham. <br/><br/> Danny Loader had already left the club after refusing a new contract, and may sign for new Premier League club Leeds United. He has been followed by Chris Gunter, Garath McCleary, Jordan Obita, Charlie Adam and Tyler Blackett - five regular first team players that leave a big whole in the squad. <br/><br/> Gunter joined from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2012 for 2.5 million pounds and made over 300 appearances for the Royals. McCleary also spent 8 years at Reading after joining from Forest and scored 27 goals during some memorable performances. Both Gunter and McCleary were expected to leave this summer after being frozen out of the squad at the start of the season by former manager Jose Gomes. Mark Bowen got them back playing in the first team, but it seemed certain they would be leaving this summer. McCleary is rumoured to be set for Oxford United who narrowly missed out on promotion after League One play-off defeat. <br/><br/> It is disappointing to see Jordan Obita leave after signing professional terms with the Royals over 10 years ago. His Reading debut was in August 2010 - an extra time substitute as a 16 year old in the League Cup. Other than loan spells Obita has spent his entire career at Reading. After spending a lot of time out with a major injury Obita made a promising return to action this season, but leaves the club as his contract expires. <br/><br/> Charlie Adam made 27 appearances for Reading after signing a one year contract last summer. Tyler Blackett spent four seasons at Reading after signing from Manchester United and is set to join FC Cincinnati in America where he would link up with former Reading manager Jaap Stam. http://www.royals.org/news/869/Ins_And_Outs 869 Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:37:06 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Season Ends With Big Defeat Reading's season ended on a disappointing note with a heavy defeat at the hands of Swansea, who by virtue of the number of goals they scored today, edged into the play-offs. Hard to believe they will be good enough to make it into the Premier League next season but stranger things have happened. Reading passed the ball well at times and there was little to choose between the teams until Yakou Meite was sent off just before half time for a silly shove on van der Hoorn who made a meal of what appeared to be minimal contact. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/220720/Reading_1_Swansea_4"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/868/Season_Ends_With_Big_Defeat 868 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 10:59:40 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Mid Table Reading Beaten At Home This result has very little significance for Reading, but for Middlesbrough it was a vital three points in their scramble to safety and a place in the Championship next season. Reading started brightly but that didn't last long as the visitors showed greater urgency and desire, for obvious reasons. Reading took the lead against the run of play only to concede an equaliser on the stroke of half time. There were periods of the game which can only be described as chaotic and play swept from end to end, often as a consequence of careless mistakes costing possession. Middlesbrough played 'Warnock style' clattering into the back of Meite and others at every opportunity and scrapping for everything with the usual high foul count. Reading had a lot of the ball but Boro looked more threatening going forward. Reading's defence began to look disjointed and Roberts took advantage scoring the winning goal six minutes from time. Reading huffed and puffed but didn't look likely to score the equaliser as Boro ran down the clock. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140720/Reading_1_Middlesbrough_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/867/Mid_Table_Reading_Beaten_At_Home 867 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:00:30 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Early Puscas Penalty Gives Win At Charlton A third minute penalty struck confidently past Phillips gave Reading a narrow lead which they held on to for an away win which nudges Charlton closer to Division One. The victory extends The Royals unbeaten run to three games and a third clean sheet in a row. The season may be drawing to an end but Reading seem to have hit upon a way of playing which makes them very difficult to beat. Charlton, hovering above the relegation zone, certainly did not lack the desire or appetite for the win they desperately needed. They pushed hard throughout but Reading kept their defensive shape and although they lack a cutting edge they rarely looked like conceding. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/110720/Charlton_0_Reading_1">Read More...</a> http://www.royals.org/news/866/Early_Puscas_Penalty_Gives_Win_At_Charlton 866 Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:56:51 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading And Huddersfield Play Out Draw After the deluge of goals on Saturday I suppose this evening's drought was predictable. Huddersfield, desperate for points, came into the game in positive and purposeful mood. The threat of relegation does tend to focus the mind, and to be fair to Huddersfield they passed the ball quite well, dominated possession, and put Reading under pressure at times. However the way Reading are set up now, they are very difficult to break down and didn’t really look in trouble at any stage. By the end Huddersfield were running down the clock happy to take a point, and Mark Bowen had made some positive changes in bringing on Boye, McCleary and Olise to try to win the game. A draw however always looked on the cards. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/070720/Reading_0_Huddersfield_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/070720/Reading_0_Huddersfield_0"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Huddersfield Town 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/865/Reading_And_Huddersfield_Play_Out_Draw 865 Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:16:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone?