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Garath McCleary wades in on debate involving Paunovic, Reading FC and Gareth Ainsworth

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Garath McCleary has commented on his former club Reading, calling out their lack of stability during his time there. 

Journalist, Anthony Smith, had written on Twitter that the club should be knocking on Gareth Ainsworth’s door.

McCleary was tagged in the comments, suggesting he would steer the Wycombe Wanderers boss away from moving to the Royals. 

McCleary responded criticising the club he left at the end of his contract in the Summer of 2020. 

“I’d just be honest. [Ainsworth’s] been manager since 2012 in that time Reading have had 3/4 owners 9 managers. ‘If’ he went next season with the amount of players leaving & didn’t do well you lot would want his head just like Pauno. Honest opinion it would make no sense, no stability,” wrote McCleary on Twitter.

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McCleary, now also at Wycombe, spent eight years at the Madejski Stadium from 2012 to 2020, making 243 appearances. 

Reading are having a disappointing season in the Championship this campaign. They are currently fighting against relegation. Last weekend saw the team reach a new low point as they were humiliatingly dumped out of the FA Cup by Kidderminster.

The match finished 2-1 in the Third Round of the FA Cup. 

Reading are currently 21st in the table, and if it wasn’t for Derby’s 21-point deduction they would be in the relegation zone.

Veljko Paunović’s side drew their last game, with Derby, 2-2. The gap to 22nd place Peterborough is now three points. 

Reading next face Fulham tonight in the Championship, Fulham are third in the table. 

The Verdict

Reading do have games in hand on their rivals slightly further up the table, but they need to start picking up results for that to even matter.

McCleary is being honest about his time there, although airing those grievances over Twitter is slightly unsavoury. 

Reading do clearly need to figure out where everything has gone wrong as they are a long way away from the side who last gained promotion in the early 2010’s.


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