Reading have officially confirmed the departure of manager Jose Gomes in a statement on the club’s official website.
The Royals have experienced a slow start to the current campaign despite carrying out a host of impressive summer deals, currently sitting in 22nd place with 11 matches played, and patience has now run out.
“Reading Football Club can announce that José Gomes has left his position as first team manager, the statement read.
“Following just two wins in the first 11 league games in 2019-20, owner Mr Yongge Dai has made the difficult decision to part company with Gomes and make a change at first team level.
“We would like to sincerely thank José for his hard work during his tenure as manager at Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career.”
Upwards of £10million was splashed in the summer on striking duo George Puscas and Lucas Joao alone with the likes of Michael Morrison, Charlie Adam, Lucas Boye and Matt Miazga all also among those to arrive at Madejski Stadium as well.
Gomes took over at the Berkshire club during December 2018, taking over from Paul Clement, and guided the Royals to safety last season, lifting the whole club in the process.
But, with just two wins all season and none in their last six, the pressure has begun to mount on the Portuguese with the club have now decided to make a big decision.
This is an absolutely ridiculous and short-sighted decision and one that will almost certainly do more harm than good to the Berkshire club.
In Gomes, the Royals had someone capable of changing the philosophy of a club that had been stagnating for a while, but he needed time to do that.
Now, especially with rumours of Mark Hughes being appointed, they have made the conscious decision to stop that progression in its tracks. I can’t help but feel sorry for Gomes and the fans.