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Reading appointed Mark Bowen as their new manager on Monday, as they look to push out of the relegation zone after a poor start to the season.
The Royals have been rather lacklustre in the early parts of the campaign and have lost five of their last six Championship games.
These results saw Jose Gomes lose his job in charge of the Berkshire outfit, but now Bowen has stepped in and is looking to get the Royals back on target with some crucial victories.
One player who’ll be feeling rather happy with the recent appointment will be former Stoke City midfielder, Charlie Adam. The 33-year-old has featured just three times in the league since joining the club in the summer, and will be hoping for a better turn of events in the near future.
Adam was a key player at Stoke for many years, but following his release, Reading snapped him up on a free transfer. The reason Adam now has an opportunity to get back into this Royals side is purely down to the fact that Bowen is in charge.
They worked together for four years when Bowen joined Adam at Stoke. They would have seen a lot of each other, and this was during the time that the veteran midfielder was a key figure for the Potters.
If anyone knows the different qualities that Adam possesses it is Bowen, and the former Liverpool player will now see this as a chance to impress and to start playing on a more regular basis for the Royals.
It’s still a long way to go in this current campaign, and Adam will feel that he has a lot to give to the side, especially with the amount of youngsters who are in and around the first-team squad at Reading. His experience could be vital if Bowen wants to be a success and Adam will surely be a large character on and off the field.
He has to see this as a fresh slate, and who knows, in time he may well become an integral part of this Reading side.