This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…
Reading are in talks with Mark Hughes over becoming the club’s new manager according to Football Insider.
Jose Gomes had oversaw the Royals’ miserable start to the Championship season which has seen them win just two of their first 11 games and left them sitting in the relegation zone heading into the latest international break.
The Portuguese worked wonders to keep Reading in the second tier during the second half of last season, but failed to build in these exploits this term as the club’s 10 summer signings have failed to make a notable impact.
Reading added the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Matt Miazga and Rafael Cabral to their playing ranks, while also spending over £10million on a new strike force of George Puscas and Lucas Joao which has not yet fired the Royals up the table.
The arrival of these new signings enabled Gomes to move on some players on loan deals such as Marc McNulty and Modou Barrow, while he was also not afraid to banish some senior players to train with the Under 23s if they did not fit in his plans.
Garath McCleary was one of these players who was frozen out by the Portuguese, despite the fact he was regularly used on the wing during the second half of last season as Reading sealed their second-tier status.
The winger made 31 league appearances for the Berkshire-based club last term, but he clearly did not impress Gomes enough during these outings to warrant a place in his first-team plans going forward at the Madejski Stadium.
This led to McCleary spending the summer with the Under 23s with Reading advising him to find new employers, but he somehow remained at the club and is still waiting for his chance to return to the senior side.
There appeared to be little chance of that happening with Gomes in charge, but the news of his departure may open the door to McCleary reviving his career with the Royals after already spending seven years at the club.
It appeared that Gomes personally decided to leave McCleary out of his plans, but the arrival of a new manager at the club would mark a fresh start for all playing staff and this could see McCleary offered his reprieve.
The events of the summer made it seem inconceivable that the 32-year-old could ever play for the club again, but this could all be about to change if the winger displays a hungry attitude when the new boss is assessing the playing options at his disposal.
He may be reaching the twilight years of his career, but McCleary still has a point to prove following Gomes’ treatment of him. There is surely nothing he would enjoy more than breaking back into the Reading first team.