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  1. Reading relegation inevitable - or just bad transfers?

    Jon Keen

    Two days after Reading's relegation back to the Championship was finally confirmed, there are three main subjects on the lips of Loyal Royals. The first is one that's been under discussion for most of the season, as this slow-motion car-crash rel...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  2. Wait for Royals manager ends with sideways move for Adkins

    Jon Keen

    So, the wait is over. After 14 days of limbo, Reading have announced the appointment of Nigel Adkins as manager, to replace the sacked Brian McDermott. This is after Gus Poyet flirted with Royals last week, while at the same time Reading talked to th...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  3. The latest news is that there's still no news on Reading's new ma...

    Jon Keen

    To mis-quote the Muppet show: "Today we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that there's no good news. The good news is that that's all the bad news there is." And that's what it's like for Loyal Royals eleven days after the sacking of Br...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  4. The case of the missing midfielder

    Jon Keen

    In a season of mysteries, new ones keep coming along all the time, like London buses. As well as last week's new Reading FC mysteries of why Brian McDermott was sacked and who will replace him, another ongoing puzzle has emerged at the Madejski Stadi...

    Blog | March 19, 2013
  5. Dolans chance to be part of Royals 'dynasty'

    Jon Keen

    Any attempt to predict the Reading team for Saturday's Premier League match at Manchester United is a fool's errand -- it's stand-in/temporary/interim/caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan's first match in charge. So what team he will pick for this bapt...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  6. Zingarevich wields sudden, brutal ax on McDermott

    Jon Keen

    Loyal Royals were either stunned or delighted -- or both -- at the sudden news that Brian McDermott left the club Monday, presumably being asked to leave as a result of the poor results which have consolidated Reading's place in the Premier League re...

    Blog | March 11, 2013
  7. Vultures circle as the fat lady starts to sing

    Jon Keen

    Any Loyal Royals hoping that manager Brian McDermott would pull something different out of the bag were sadly disappointed when the teams were announced. McDermott once again went for a tried-and-failed 4-4-2 formation, with the diminutive Adam Le Fo...

    Blog | March 09, 2013
  8. McDermott's Villa dilemma

    Jon Keen

    Before Saturday's crunch relegation tussle with Aston Villa at The Madejski Stadium, Reading manager Brian McDermott finds circumstances have left him on the horns of a team-selection and formation-choice dilemma. Not only does he have to decide w...

    Blog | March 05, 2013
  9. Reading chewed up by Toffees

    Jon Keen

    In one of the more predictable matches of this season's Premier League, Reading were comfortably beaten by Everton at Goodison Park. For experienced watchers of this Reading team, the writing was on the wall almost from the moment the teams were anno...

    Blog | March 02, 2013
  10. Royals lack mentality to handle relegation pressure

    Jon Keen

    After Reading's woeful surrender to Wigan in their crucial relegation six-pointer on Saturday, I wonder just how well equipped they are, psychologically, for the next 11 games and the tooth-and-nail fight for Premier League survival. And the more I t...

    Blog | February 25, 2013
  11. Optimism evaporates as Royals surrender to Wigan

    Jon Keen

    The optimism of recent weeks among Loyal Royals now seems a distant memory as Reading responded to a must-win match against relegation rivals Wigan by producing a performance as bad as many can remember. Desire, drive, coordination and teamwork were ...

    Blog | February 23, 2013
  12. Four home 'cup finals' hold key to survival

    Jon Keen

    With 12 matches left, Reading enter the closing stages of the Premier League season in a much healthier position than many would have predicted at Christmas. Although they are still in the relegation zone, they are just one point behind Aston Villa a...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  13. Defeat despite heroics at Old Trafford

    Jon Keen

    Reading's nascent FA Cup run ended, as most predicted, at Old Trafford as they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United Monday. But the Royals can hold their heads up after their heroics, where they made one of the best teams in the world work all the ...

    Blog | February 18, 2013
  14. ALF, good timing and safety

    Jon Keen

    As February starts and the end of the season comes closer, Reading sit in a position of potential safety, with a small buffer of two points between them and the relegation zone. That's a world away from their position at Christmas, when they were roc...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  15. Royals recovery rumbles on

    Jon Keen

    The absolute low point of a very disappointing first half of the season came with Reading's spineless and gutless surrender to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in early December. Their performance today was a million miles away from that that as th...

    Blog | February 02, 2013
  16. Le Fondre's late show rescues Royals once again

    Jon Keen

    In the scheme of Reading's ongoing battle against relegation, this match was never going to be critical. Reading's fate at the end of the season will be decided in games against the teams around them far more than it will be by results against teams ...

    Blog | January 30, 2013