My opinion piece is quite simple really. I’ve had enough.
Paul Clement, if given the time, may break this rancid cycle of defeat. That’s what the team is in at the moment. He may take this club higher up the table in to a more respectable position.
However, based on what we have seen in the opening weeks, as well as the lack of improvement when he came in at the end of last season, I think enough is enough. Justification is not a problem. Despite not losing by more than a single goal deficit this season, six games without a win is just unacceptable.
Now Clement is not solely to blame. The players must take a chunk of the responsibility too. But what this group of players need is a new beginning.
Gary Neville described the current crop of managers as either ‘pragmatic’ or ‘progressive.’ He also describes Jose Mourinho as a manager for now, and not necessarily the future.
I can see a wealth of similarities with Clement. His tactics are very much pragmatic. He doesn’t use any extravagant tactics, such as those we have seen at Liverpool, Man City, and even Championship sides such as last year’s champions Wolves and Sheffield United. I simply don’t see Clement as a project-type manager. I’m not sure he is the fit for Reading.
Previous managers such as Stam, Adkins, and Rodgers were all more of that ilk. I would much rather the owners take a gamble on a new face, that would operate slightly differently in the transfer market as well. I can’t put my finger on an exact name, but I think now is as good a time as ever.
I don’t see an identity in Clements team. I don’t see a genuine style, and I can’t help but think that this has had a detrimental effect on the squad. Based on his games in charge so far, I don’t think he can get the best out of this squad. It’s a squad full of talent, there’s no doubt about it. There’s a wealth of experience, and some hungry youngsters, who have played a limited role thus far under Clement. He really hasn’t got the full backing of the supporters, which really does limit his his longevity at the club.
For me, enough is enough, and after lengthy consideration, I would rather see Clement depart.
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