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The North End curse strikes again, Stendel sacked after we play Barnsley next up Reading sack manager before they play us

Reading have sacked manager Jose Gomes after just 10 months in charge following a poor run of form.

Portuguese coach Gomes departs with the Royals third from bottom and without a win in six Championship games.

He was appointed at the Madejski Stadium in December after leaving Rio Ave in Portugal's top flight.

Gomes, 49, guided Reading to safety and 20th last season, but they have won just two league games this season and lost 1-0 at Bristol City on Saturday.

He is the third manager to depart Reading in just 19 months after Jaap Stam parted company with the club in March 2018 and Paul Clement was sacked midway through last season.

A club statement said: "Following just two wins in the first 11 league games in 2019-20, owner Mr Yongge Dai has made the difficult decision to part company with Gomes and make a change at first-team level.

"We would like to sincerely thank Jose for his hard work during his tenure as manager at Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career."

Reading won just eight of 34 Championship games with Gomes in charge.

He was backed in the transfer market last summer by the club's Chinese owners as seven new players were brought in during the last window.

They included the high-profile signings of Romania striker George Puscas from Inter Milan and Lucas Joao from Sheffield Wednesday, as well as returns for centre-back Matt Miazga and midfielder Ovie Ejaria on season-long loans from Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

But Reading have scored just 11 goals in their 11 league games this season and despite some encouraging results in the opening weeks of the campaign, they have not won in the Championship since beating Huddersfield on 24 August.

The Royals' next Championship match sees them host Preston on 19 October.

"I have established a strong bond with the club, its supporters and the city, and I will never forget my time as head coach here," Gomes said in a statement released by the League Managers' Association.

"I extend my deepest gratitude to every single member of the club's staff who worked with us, especially to the players for believing in our plan and remaining committed at all times.

"I sincerely wish Reading FC and the new manager all the very best of success in the future and I can tell you that, as of today, the club has itself another fan. Come on URZ!"

Jose Gomes' appointment last December underwhelmed many fans, all of whom had to Google his name to find out where he had previously worked.

Questions were immediately asked and eyebrows raised. He appeared not to have any previous relevant experience.

A charming, personable and stylish man, he quickly made friends in Reading and six wins secured safety in the Championship last season, but hardly set the Madejski Stadium alight.

He was able to spend mega-bucks in August and, for one week only, everything seemed hunky dory.

With seven points in seven days after wins against Cardiff and Huddersfield and a draw at West Brom, surely this was what the fans had been waiting for?

But one point from the past six games and a complete collapse in form means Reading are now looking for a ninth manager in 10 years, which just about sums up the shambolic last decade.
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A big thank you to gomes for tking that sack of shit Joao from us its best bit of business weve done in the last 15 years ! off course he will score of of his 10 goals against us put when youre paying nearly 200 grand a goal ill take it !
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