Reading Football Club are still in talks with Rio Ave boss Jose Gomes as they look to appoint a new manager, according to reports from Sky Sports.
The Berkshire club have been without a manager since the departure of Paul Clement over a week ago, with the Royals winning just four out of twenty games under his tenure.
48-year old Gomes is at the helm of Rio Ave – the Portuguese outfit currently sit 6th in the Primeira Liga after 13 league games, and Gomes also has experience managing in Hungary, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
His spell before moving to Rio Ave was with Al-Taawoun, where he won just 10 out of 38 games in charge of the Saudi Arabian club.
Speaking post-match after Rio Ave’s 2-2 draw on Sunday with Belenenses, Gomes said about the link with Reading: “The interest (from Reading) is true, but the contact they had with me did not go any further than that.
“I’ve been out of the country for several years, and Rio Ave welcomed me with open arms and trusted my services. Almost all coaches want to experience the English football environment, and I do not run away from it, but I would never turn my back on anyone who trusted me. (It is) a decision that is very difficult to take.”
After their 1-1 draw with Rotherham at the weekend, Reading sit just outside of the relegation zone in 21st position only on goal difference, winless in their previous six league games – they next face promotion candidates Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium.
Gomes is a man who has a lot of experience as a manager, and that can only help Reading going forward.
His statistics at his previous clubs hardly set the world alight, but he seems to be doing a sound job at the helm of Rio Ave, so he could a smart appointment.
The appointment needs to be right – Reading need results to steer them away from the dreaded drop-zone, and fast.