Friday, April 20, 2012

Reading back in the big league

Having already secured their well-deserved return to the Premier League, Reading can now start preparing for the challenge to stay in the top flight for many seasons to come.
The current crop of players at the Madejski Stadium have enjoyed a remarkable spell of form over the last few months and secured their return to the top tier of English football on Tuesday night, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.
Under manager Brain McDermott, Reading have enjoyed a tremendous team spirit, which has carried them to the top of the Championship table, without too many individual stars. Most people will now bet on the Championship title making its way to Berkshire, just like it did in 2006.
The question for all teams making the big step to the Premier League, is how much to invest in the squad to make sure they retain their top flight status?
Reading will receive in the region of £90m for their achievements this term and of course a portion of that money will go into strengthening the squad to make sure they are competitive at the highest level next term.
They will understandably start the season among the favourites in the relegation betting but the likes of Stoke City and more recently Norwich and Swansea, have all proved that teams can make that step from the Championship and compete with the big names in English football.
Chairman of the Berkshire outfit Sir John Madejski is adamant the club will not be breaking the bank to add talent to the squad and feels a calculated approach is best for Reading.
He said: "We will strengthen as we see fit. We have already strengthened and that will carry on.
"What I don't want is people thinking Reading are an open cheque book. We will be as careful as we have been in the past."

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