One of the biggest pieces of news coming out of the Football League this week is Reading appointing new manager, Steve Clarke.
It is Clarke’s first job since being sacked by West Brom just over a year ago.
With this appointment it will have fans dreaming of a possible return to the Premier League. Although it will take a lot of working and improvement.
Reading have made a reasonably poor start to the season and have lost nine of their last 15 matches.
But with Clarke’s appointment coming at such a great time for the Royals, due to the Christmas period and also allowing to use the January transfer window to strengthen up.
Promotion push possible?
Reading, on paper, have got enough senior players with experience in this division to make a promotion push. The likes of Glenn Murray, Simon Cox and Chris Gunter bring quality as well as this experience to the side.
With promising youngsters such as Jake Cooper, Jordan Obita and Michael Hector all excelling, despite Reading’s poor start to the season. This trios development looks set to continue as Clarke has a great track record with working with young players, such as Saido Berahino, Romelu Lukaku and Raheem Sterling.
Second half of the season
Not to mention, Reading are normally notoriously better in the second half of the season. This was certainly the case the last time the Royals went up.
Additions in January are possibly required and it is essential Reading secure the services of Murray for the second half of the season. The additions will need to be made by Reading signing a left back and possibly another striker to share the workload with Murray.
If Reading are to be promotion contenders they will also need to keep players fit. Early on in the season Reading had as many as nine players at a time out injured.
Now the players are returning to fitness and Clarke will almost have a full squad at his disposal, other than skipper, Jem Karacan.
Although some may question whether or not Clarke is a good manager. He certainly has what could potentially be a very good project in his hands. The Madejski Stadium offers a great platform for Clarke to build a club up and not only achieve success but maintain it.