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Reading look to set to change managers this week with Jose Gomes reportedly about to be given his marching orders.
The Royals haven’t had the best of seasons so far and find themselves sitting in the bottom three after just 11 games of the new campaign.
There’s been a number of changes in Berkshire since Gomes took over and one of them was the brutal option that he took in trying to revamp the squad.
Players such as Garath McCleary and Chris Gunter have been removed from training with the first-team, whilst Sam Baldock now doesn’t even get a place in the match day squad.
Many supporters saw this as a good decision after the last few seasons of struggle, but now with the Royals sat back in the relegation zone once more, they may be regretting that decision.
Baldock is one of the players who isn’t featuring and is probably looking on at the lack of goals in the Royals side and thinking that he could do a better job than the current strikers.
The former Brighton forward has been a brilliant player in the past at Championship level, and hasn’t quite been given a fair opportunity at the Royals under Gomes.
Lucas Joao and George Puscas were brought in, and now Yakou Meite competes with them for a place up top whilst Danny Loader is also on the periphery of action as he looks to try and earn his breakthrough from the youth side.
This means that Baldock hasn’t had the access to a route in the first-team and it appeared that no club was interested in signing the forward over the summer transfer window.
A new manager coming into the club could mean a new start for the 30-year-old which would could kickstart his career at the Madejski Stadium. It’ll be interesting to see in the future whether it was the hierarchy near the top who made sure that players such as Baldock weren’t in the team or whether it was Gomes’ decision.
The same goes for McCleary and Gunter, and it’ll be interesting to see what the next steps are for the pair if a new manager comes into the club.