Reading Sack Jose Gomes: Mark Hughes plus three other contenders for the post

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 09 October 2019, 15:21

After a raft of rumours over the course of the last 24 hours, Reading have at last officially confirmed the news that they have sacked Jose Gomes.

Gomes was the surprise replacement for Paul Clement 10 months ago, but he’s now been given his marching orders following a disappointing start to the season in which 22nd-placed Reading have picked up just eight points from 11 games, and lost five of their last six.

As a result, Gomes has become the fourth Championship manager to depart his post this season, with each of those clubs occupying a place in the bottom-four. Meanwhile, in 10 spells in management he’s still never managed more than 56 games at one club. (He oversaw 38 at Reading).

Mark Hughes has emerged as the hot favourite to replace Gomes, with many publications already reporting that he’s set to be unveiled as the club’s fourth boss in the last 18 months.

However, nothing has been confirmed by the club, who said in a statement:

“The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

So without further ado we take a look at Hughes plus three other contenders in the next Reading manager market...

Mark Hughes

Hughes has 20 years of managerial experience to his name, from spells at Wales and in the Premier League with six different clubs. However, the Welshman has never once managed in the Championship.

His last tenure came nearly a year ago at Southampton, with whom he saved from relegation but then struggled to motivate his troops the following season, which for him ended in December. He won only three of his 22 league games at the helm.

Hughes fared better at Stoke, taking the club to three successive 9th place finishes. He also led Blackburn to three straight top-10 finishes (including 6th), and propelled Fulham to 8th. Although his spells at Man City and QPR were forgettable.

Is he the right man for Stoke? Potentially. On the plus side, Hughes has a wealth of experience and many contacts within the game.

However, his never managed in the Championship, let alone been in a Championship relegation scrap, while his reputation has taken somewhat of a hit in recent years. Also judging by social media reaction, fans have not been left best pleased at the reports…

John O’Shea

At the other end of the managerial ladder we have John O’Shea. In fact, the Irishman has yet to even step on the ladder. At the moment he’s first team coach at Reading, a position he’s held since July.

During matches O’Shea can be seen on the Reading touchline barking orders at the team, at times he certainly does look like the man in charge. Should José Gomes’ coaching staff depart as well, the club could look to O’Shea to step up to the plate, for the short term at least.

Realistically, given the position they find themselves in, Reading will look to appoint someone with experience, however O’Shea certainly makes for interesting reading at 14/1 in the betting market.

Daniel Stendel

On Tuesday morning Daniel Stendel was sacked by Barnsley. Come the afternoon he instantly shot into the next Sunderland manager market following the exit of Jack Ross, then in the evening he cropped up in the newly opened Reading manager market on the back of rumours that Gomes was set to depart.

Whether Reading would fancy going for a manager that’s just left one of their own Championship relegation rivals is open to debate. However, ask any Barnsley fan and they’ll tell you just how much of a popular figure he was at Oakwell.

But, if Reading do want to bring him in they may have to act fast as the German is reportedly already in talks with Sunderland....

Alan Pardew

If Mark Hughes is being linked, then why not get the 40/1-priced Alan Pardew back in the mix? Afterall, he enjoyed a successful spell as Royals manager all those years ago...

The Silver Fox officially began his managerial career at Reading in 1999, back when the club were struggling in the old third-tier.

He proceeded to lead his troops to the play-off final in his second season, then won automatic promotion the next year, followed by an impressive 4th place finish in the second-tier.

But, given the manner he left the club - he resigned in order to get the West Ham job - a return may not be welcome by all parties…

"There are no bad feelings on my part. There were mistakes made on both sides. We have both moved on,” Pardew revealed a few years ago.

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