Sunday December 23rd 2018
Daniel Ennis – Multimedia Sports Journalist
After a fractious tenure in charge of the Royals, Paul Clement finds himself out of a job having managed just seven wins from a possible 30 leaving the Berkshire club with serious concerns of relegation.
Last week, Paul Clement came to the realization that Christmas will not be coming early as he became the 19th manager in the English football league to lose his job. Since Clement took over from previous Royal’s manager Jaap Stam back in March early this year, the former Derby and Swansea manager has only conjured up a measly 23%-win percentage in his short reign at Reading FC. Taking into account this underwhelming record, perhaps it is no surprise that Clement is now seeking employment elsewhere.
In Clement’s defence, it’s not been a totally negative time at the Berkshire club. Under Jaap Stam, Reading were certainly heading for the drop, with Clement taking over a team who managed to register just one win out of 18 league games. However miraculously, Clement managed to steady the ship and in his first league game in charge of Reading he gained a valuable three points, beating rivals QPR in what was a fiercely contested encounter. In the last remaining seven games Clement managed to pick up five points, including a crucial draw against fellow strugglers Sunderland who coincidentally ended up getting relegated. Additionally, Clement is responsible for bringing through emerging young starlets such as Yakou Meite and England U17 star Danny Loader into the first team, with the former proving to be a major hit with the Royals faithful considering he is the clubs joint top scorer with seven goals. Some sections of the Reading fan base believe Clement should feel hard done by and that the positives he accomplished whilst manager was overlooked when reaching a damming conclusion into his position at the helm.
What is clear to see is that things have not been rosy at Reading FC for a while now, with the club finding itself in the bottom seven of the championship three times out of the last four league campaigns. What is an even more worrying indictment is that Reading’s net spending over the past two seasons has reached an excess of fifteen million meaning the clubs financial capacity does not equally correspond to its league positioning.
With Reading now managerless and in the bottom three, the correct decision will need to be made as to who takes over from Clement, otherwise it could be a long feared for trip to the third tier of English football.