After suffering 8 successive defeats in the English Premier League, Reading are battling relegation and are one of the most likely sides to drop down into the Championship at the end of the season. Although they have a capable enough manager in Steve Coppell, the harsh naked truth is that the team is simply not performing as it did last season.
And this is a worrying factor for Coppell who has admitted that the Royals could lose their Premiership status at the end of the season should results not improve dramatically. He says:
I’m in sh***y waters! It is a lot smellier than muddy waters – and it is clingy.Something has got to change. The difference between our reserve team and our first team is not a lot. There is not a great deal of daylight between 20-odd players in this squad. I’ve been waiting for a victory so that the first-team players can distance themselves to give them some authority – but that has not come. I’m at liberty to change all 11 if I feel the need.There have been calls for Leroy Lita to be recalled to The Royals’ starting line-up, however, Coppell has stated the striker has had chances and not taken them. Leroy has had chances this year, but he hasn’t scored either.I’ve had a lot of conversations with players who believe they should be playing and this will be an opportunity for them. I erase personalities from situations like this. I look at past performances and use my gut feeling.
Last season Reading were the surprise package and much was expected this time around. Too bad that they have lost much of their momentum and weight since the summer. Can they avoid the drop to the second tier of English football this time? Let’s wait and watch.