Speculation over Jose Gomes’ future has been rife following Reading’s 1-0 defeat at Bristol City at the weekend, with claims that the club is going to sack him.
Although taking over in December, and guiding the club from 23rd, to Championship safety, he only has a lowly win percentage of 23.7%, similar to his predecessor Paul Clement.
He has only managed eight wins out of his 34 league matches played, and for someone who was bought into the club on the premise of building a “winning team, playing attractive football”, it’s hard to see where he has lived up to expectation.
Gomes potentially leaves the club 22nd in the Championship with four defeats in their last five games. There could be a handful of reasons why the axe has fallen so soon for Gomes, but here are some mistakes that have cost him his job…
A lack of consistency
Since winning at Huddersfield on the 24th August, Reading have now gone five league without a win and picked up just one point from a possible 15.
Before then they had picked up seven points from nine, beating Cardiff and drawing with West Bromwich Albion, which most Royals fans would have been happy with.
But it is the inability to kick on and build on positive results which will be one of the reasons why Gomes has been dismissed. The team has shown great character and its talent to get those results but seem unable to push on up the league.
In failing to do this, the Royals find themselves in the bottom three, and if they don’t in their next appointment find some sort of consistency then they could be in for a long season.
Not putting away their chances
Gomes, the players and supporters must be pulling their hair out at some of the games Reading have lost. In the six games they have lost this season they have had more possession and more shots than their opponents in four of those games. In the 1-0 defeat to Middlesborough, they had 59% of the possession and 18 shots which seven were on target. In contrast to Boro’s two shots on target, everyone connected with the club must have been wondering how they didn’t leave Teesside with all three points.
A similar story is had in the defeats to Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic, and leaves much to be frustrated about.
The lack of clinical finishing in front of goal is no doubt one reason why Gomes has been shown the door, whereas the new man will have to get the squad firing quick to pull away from the relegation zone.
The signings haven’t performed for him
It is still early days in the Championship but it already feels that the new arrivals at the Madjeski, so far, haven’t performed. Summer signings Lucas Joao and George Puscas were bought in for their goals, and although some supporters will argue the performances have been there, the fact they’ve only netter four between them in 11 matches can be cause for concern.
There is no doubting these players’ ability, and it is the amount Gomes has spent on them that makes it all the more disappointing, Combined, Joao and Puscas cost the club nearly £12m and have yet to deliver results.
The club will be hoping the new man will bring a much welcomed “new manager bounce” and get the squad filled with confidence, once more.