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Reading star Michael Hector: ‘Nigel Adkins speaks a lot, Steve Clarke is quite quiet’

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Reading star Michael Hector has talked  to Get Reading about manager Steve Clarke, ex-manager Nigel Adkins and signing a new deal.

Hector has extended his stay at the Madejski Stadium

Hector has extended his stay at the Madejski Stadium

The now Jamaican international put pen to paper on anew three-year contract at the club, with a year left on the deal before hand.

He was outstanding for Reading this season, after some inconsistent performances in the first half of the season, he transformed his performances under Steve Clarke and ended up becoming one of the Royals’ best players this season.

The defender was nominated for the clubs player of the year award, but it was now-Bournemouth keeper Adam Federici who ended up picking up that award.

Perhaps his best performance was in the FA Cup semi-final, where he managed to keep England striker Danny Welbeck out of the game, and French international striker Olivier Giroud quiet.

Hector told Get Reading: “At the start of the season I was lacking consistency in my performances.

“I would have one good game and then a bad one. It was about trying to find a balance.

“Once Steve Clarke came in I started to find that. I started performing on a more consistent basis, week in, week out.

“He’s made it really simple for me and the other players. Everyone knows where they stand with him.

“He’s easy to talk to as well. His door is always open. He may not say many words on the training pitch, but he sees everything and when he does say something, everybody listens.

“Steve is a different manager to Nigel Adkins.

“Nigel speaks a lot, but Steve Clarke is quite quiet. When he does speak he just says one or two words and everyone seems to listen to it.

“In training he will pull you to one side and give you hints on what he wants you to do. If he’s not happy with you, he will tell you.

“I think that has upped my game. It’s the right information, at the right time. I think that is the reason why my game has come on quicker under Steve.

“They spoke to my dad about a new contract in April and as soon as Reading said they were interested it was a no brainer.

“I wanted to get it done as soon as possible, before I went to the Copa America. It was quite smooth.

“It was always only about Reading for me. They gave me a chance when I was at college and I’ll never forget that. So once I knew they were interested it was a no brainer. I love this club.”

Reading finished 19th in the Sky Bet Championship, accumulating 50 points throughout, in what turned out to be a very disappointing season for the Royals.


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