Reading have failed to hit the heights of last season and Saturday’s defeat to Middlesbrough extended their poor run to one win in eight games.
The Royals have suffered with injuries so far this campaign, but they still have underperformed.
They sit 20th in the table and just two points ahead of the relegation zone which has seemingly increased the pressure on manager Jaap Stam.
Given the heroics of last season, the Dutch boss will still have some credit in the bank, but it has to be running out.
They face a huge game against Nottingham Forest tonight and defeat could see the end of Stam’s time in Berkshire.
However, should that be the case?
We take a look…
It’s a real possibility, with Reading struggling to rediscover the form that saw them excel in the Championship last season.
Defeat could spell the end for the Dutchman, but I believe he should stick around and help Reading climb the Championship table, as we know he has the ability to do it.
Football is a strange game and things can change quickly, but we shouldn’t forget what Stam did for Reading last season.
Stam is under serious pressure, and nothing other than three points will be acceptable for the Royals tonight against Forest.
If the Berkshire club do lose, that will be five league losses in their last six matches – an unacceptable statistic that will surely see Stam get sacked.
Last season was an amazing achievement for Stam and Reading, but he can’t live off that success forever, and there comes a point when change is necessary
No, but he’s hanging by a thread.
I don’t think Stam will be gone if Reading do lost to Forest, but I do think that if that happens the next two against Derby and Wolves are must win games.
That’s not going to be easy either and so he could be gone next month with that result against Leeds looking utterly implausible.