Reading fans have been waiting for the news of a new manager since Jose Gomes departed the club last week, however Reading fans across the country seem a bit disgruntled with the news of who is set to take the helm at some point this week.
The man in question is Mark Bowen, a 55-year-old who has played for Norwich City and Charlton Athletic during his career and is now currently Reading’s sporting director, the man who is mainly responsible for helping pick a new Royals manager.
However, despite his playing career at a good enough level, Bowen is more widely known as being the man who has stuck with former Premier League manager Mark Hughes during the majority of his own managerial career, having been his assistant manager for Wales in international football and at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke City and Southampton. Bowen has also worked under Steve Bruce, while he was at Crystal Palace and Birmingham City.
Bowen wouldn’t be the ideal choice for Reading supporters to take over the reins at The Madejski Stadium and they will instead be hoping that the Royals board and Bowen have some sort of u-turn and appoint a bigger name, however, talk is now rife that the job will be given to Bowen.
Here, we have gathered the best reaction from Reading supporters…
Just hard to think of any reason why it has come to this. The club has no long-term plan and, the worrying thing is, if we stay up, they’ll probably think sacking Gomes has been a success. Wish Bowen the best but pessimistic is an understatement. #readingfc
— Adam Goodwin (@AdamGoodwin__) October 14, 2019
This makes no sense. The owners have shown so much ambition since coming in, but this is the opposite. How will the club be better off now without José Gomes? #readingfc
— Talk Reading (@TalkReading) October 14, 2019
Hope this guy realises that no one is going to like him, sacking a popular manager to giving himself the job, he’s in for one hell of a ride #ReadingFC
— Theo (@WardyTW) October 14, 2019
— Louie Mitchell (@louiemitch4) October 14, 2019
If Mark Bowen becomes #readingfc manager, it might just be the most unpopular appointment in the club's history. I'm not sure there is any fan at all in favour of it. What a mess.
— Olly Allen (@OllyAllen_) October 14, 2019
We are well and truly a finished club #Readingfc
— Shane (@Shane1871_) October 14, 2019
— kuz (@Kurren13) October 14, 2019
@ReadingFC we as a fan base, emplore the owners not to allow Bowen to appoint himself, this team needs an experienced man to lead this team to better things. This appointment should it happen would lead to disaster with the fans and likely in our final league standing #readingfc
— Liam Goodhew (@LJG1871) October 14, 2019
— Salisbury Royal (@SalisburyRoyal) October 14, 2019
I pray absolutely pray Mark Bowen makes us all eat our words. But I only see 1 outcome and it’s league one football next season. #readingfc
— cameron macken (@ronniemac93) October 14, 2019