Reading parted ways with manager Jose Manuel Gomes this week, with the Royals third-from-bottom in the Championship.
It was widely expected that Jose Manuel Gomes would lose his job in Buckinghamshire over the international break. The Portuguese manager has worked all over Europe and the Middle East but could only last 38 games at his first job in English football, winning just nine in that time.
Reading dropped into the red after a 1-0 defeat at Bristol City last weekend, extending their winless run to seven in all competitions – they’ve lost five of their last six in the Championship.
After starting the season with back-to-back defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City, Gomes’ job at Reading was immediately under scrutiny.
His side picked up seven points from their next three games though and all of a sudden, Reading looked as though they could have a decent season.
But things quickly went south at Reading and they haven’t won a game since August. There were rumours of unrest between player and manager, and the inter-club tensions were often visible on the pitch. Now with Gomes out of the picture, it could spell a comeback for some players, but could see others fall out of favour.
Here we take a look at one winner and one loser following Gomes’ departure:
Winner: Chris Gunter
Dependant on who comes into Reading, Chris Gunter could make a comeback. He was initially involved in Gomes’ sides when he took over at the back end of last year, but the full-back hasn’t even been named on the bench for Reading this season.
In fact, Gunter has only played one minute of first-team football this season, as an injury-time substitute for Wales when they hosted Belarus last month.
The Welshman has played a few games for the Reading U23 side this season, in what is his eighth season at the club since joining from Nottingham Forest in 2012.
He’s an experienced Championship player with almost 100 caps for his country – he could well return to the first-team, or at least the bench.
Loser: George Puscas
The club’s record signing George Puscas swapped Inter Milan for Reading in the summer, and Gomes’ was hailed for his heroics in making it happen.
The Romanian international has five goals from ten caps for his country, and scored nine goals for Palermo as they were relegated from Serie C last season.
Puscas though was a highly-regarded player, and Reading fans couldn’t wait to see him in blue and white.
But he’s failed to make a massive impact in Buckinghamshire, and since scoring a brace against Cardiff in August, hasn’t scored since.
Whoever comes into Reading may look to give someone else a chance and Puscas will need to quickly prove himself to the new man.