Premiership Preview: ReadingAugust 7, 2007 at 11:57 am | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment
Can the Royals avoid the sophmore slump?
Interesting Wikipedia Fact: Reading were formed on 25th December 1871. They were originally nicknamed the The Biscuitmen after one of the main trades in the town, Huntley & Palmers biscuits, but changed to the Royals in the 1970s, when the company closed their factory.
Jackie’s Club Knowledge: I did see Reading play before they made the premiership, but just barely. Of all they premiership clubs, I’ve know Reading most recently. They were the best coke league team ever with 106 points in 2005-06. Bobby Convey was a big part of that team, if not last season’s 8th placed side.
Fantasy: If Kevin Doyle and Leroy Lita can continue their fine form than both will be worth a look when the match-up is right. Since the Royals have United and Chelsea up first, there is little reason to rush to find Steve Sidwell’s replacement. It could be Bobby Convey whipping in free kicks or it might be newcomer Emerse Fae. At the back Shorey, Ingimarsson, and Hahnemann are worth it at Madejeski.
Best and Worst Possible Finish: 7th and 13th-Reading WILL miss Steve Sidwell, but the last two seasons were no fluke. Reading can play. The squad still seems a bit thin to make a run at Europe, but that might be by design. Reading seemed to acknowledge last season that European football might pose the greatest risk to their premiership establishment. Another year of consolidation seems likely.