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Reading FC legend delivers motivational message to fans

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Reading legend Michael Gilkes discussed his ambitions for the season in his new role as first team coach, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The former winger spent thirteen successful years with the club, making over 400 appearances during his time in Berkshire, and is now back on the books as a member of manager Jaap Stam’s backroom coaching staff.

The Royals haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to the new campaign, and sit in a concerning 20th position following their opening ten Championship fixtures.

Gilkes however praised the set-up at the club, and suggested that the club are close to an upturn in form.

“I think the atmosphere has already been sorted out from beforehand, I’m fortunate enough to come into a well-oiled machine from the management level right down through to the playing squad,” he said.

“It’s a long season, if I’m honest we haven’t put ourselves in a position that we’re happy with at the moment, but we’ve got a new month to look forward to, we’ll try and do our best in this month and go forward from there.”

The Verdict

Reading’s success on the pitch last year, in which they reached the play off final at Wembley, has placed huge expectations on Stam and his squad at the Madejski Stadium, and the challenge has so far not been lived up to.

There is still plenty of time to turn their season around as Gilkes suggests, but the Royals need to start picking up points very soon if Stam’s position as manager is not to come into question.

The board must undoubtedly retain faith in the talented Dutchman, who defied the odds last season to finish third with what wasn’t a great squad, and hope that the former Man United defender can find the right formula to see the club rise up the Championship table.

Reading fans, do you still feel that Stam is the right man for the job? Have your say below…

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