Former Royals captain Graeme Murty believes Reading’s young stars will become better players for their experience in the Barclays Premier League.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Sunday evening, ‘Murts’ backed players and supporters alike to take relegation in their stride.
“The Premier League is such a harsh school, invariably the lessons are very, very harsh,” he said.
“You make a mistake and get punished so brutally, that’s what the younger players have noticed, talking to them. It’s a very sharp learning curve and they will have improved because of it. They might not feel like that now, but they will be better players in the future. The younger players will want to go and establish themselves as top Championship players.
“You‘re always hoping to keep the fans on board and Reading fans historically remain tight knit and want to see the club moving forward in the right manner. If they can see progression fans are by and large very, very knowledgeable and just want to see the best from the club. Hopefully the club and come back stronger and better.”
The 38-year-old, who made over three hundred appearances in an eleven year spell with the Royals, was also positive about the future of the club under Anton Zingarevich.
“The Chairman and Owner are ready to build in order to come straight back up again. The club have looked to be incremental in their growth, they’re looking to secure the future of the club. Sir John Madejski started that off, the new owner has come in and subscribed to the view that they won’t bankrupt the club to achieve short term success and that has to be the way forward.
“It seems like West Brom have had a little bit of an up and down period but are now secure in the Barclays Premier League and that’s the model that Reading should look to aspire to. The way that Reading operate, the changing room has to remain very, very strong and it has done. I know a few of the players, I’ve chatted to them and the players have stayed strong with one another, they want to be at the club and they want to help the club go forward.”
Listen to the full interview online here