Reading manager Jaap Stam is in serious danger of losing his job due to the Royals struggles in the Championship.
The Dutch manager took his side to the play-off final last season where they lost to Huddersfield on penalties.
Whilst it’s fair to say that Stam had significantly overachieved in doing so, another challenge for the top six was expected this season following fairly hefty backing from the board.
The likes of Sone Aluko, Vito Mannone, Mo Barrow and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson were among several summer signings.
Yet, for various reasons, things haven’t worked out at all for the Royals this season and they have arguably been dragged into a relegation battle.
Obviously, Stam is the man who has to take the blame for that and it will ultimately be the ex-Manchester United man who loses his job.
The fans have every right to question their struggling boss but questions must also be asked of the players.
A significant number of players who delivered such strong performances last season have not hit anywhere near the same levels this time around. Similarly, new signings who cost a lot of money haven’t produced.
As mentioned, this isn’t to absolve Stam of any blame, as he is underperforming himself, but the players are not helping.
Worryingly, not only do the side look low on confidence but they don’t appear to be showing the required fight that will be needed to pull away in a relegation battle.
Reading regularly concede cheap goals or look out of games when they are a goal down and that shouldn’t be the case with the side they have.
It’s time for the players to stop hiding behind their manager and start taking responsibility for how they perform as individuals.
Thoughts, Reading fans? Where should the blame lie for this season? Are the players just not good enough? Let us know in the comments below.