Adkins excited for challenge
The Royals begin the new Football League season at home to Ipswich on Saturday 3rd August, and manager Nigel Adkins cannot wait for the new campaign.
With the release of the full fixture list today, the players back in training next week and season ticket renewal deadline a week on Friday, the season now feels that little bit closer.
The boss said, “It’s going to be exciting for everybody.
“We need to score a lot of goals, keep a lot of clean sheets and win a lot of games. It’ll be a challenging campaign but myself, Andy Crosby and the players know what is needed. I believe we’ll have the mentality to cope with it.
“If we win games we won’t get too high, and maybe if we have a blip during the course of the season we won’t get too low, because we believe in the principles we have and the standards we’ve got. We believe we’ve got a good chance of winning games and getting promoted again.
“People will pay hard earned cash, they need to know people are working hard on the training ground, they’re going out with the mindset to win whichever way we can. We want the supporters to be off their seats, we want them to enjoy coming to Madejski.
“We want it to be noisy, we want the atmosphere to make it an exciting place to come where supporters can’t wait for the next game. Whatever the result, it should be a great occasion with the team giving it everything to win.
“There will be supporters to the left of you, in front of you and behind you making loads of noise and willing the team on. An exciting friendly atmosphere where everybody enjoys coming to the Madejski.”
With Wayne Bridge already coming in, the Royals’ transfer plans are well underway, and speaking at the end of last season the boss was upbeat about our moves in the market. “It’s a period when you can bring players in, and some will move on, that always happens. For me there’s a feelgood factor and we’re looking forward to it.
"Like every team there will be changes, we’ll do our business diligently and quietly, and we have an opportunity to changes things around. We had eight games to assess things, some players who maybe hadn’t played many games have come to the fore. Like every club we’ll bring new recruits for next season and look forward with positivity.
“There’s a great quote, hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard, which is true. We want people coming in who have that strength to work hard, to strive to improve, to deal with adversity in the Championship but to fit into the team ethos that you need. You need everyone to buy into that, you won’t achieve anything with just 11 players. You need a squad who will all contribute for Reading Football Club.
“There’s lot of stability here and that was one of the attractions coming in. It’s a good football club, good people and a good tradition. Although we’ve gone down it’s been the best 8/9 years in our history. It’s a great time to be at Reading Football Club.
“We’ve got a really exciting season to look forward to next season, and the opportunity to come back up, keep building. It’s important that all the experience becomes valuable, for everyone at the football club, so we keep progressing.”
Looking ahead to how to deal with the rigours of the Championship, the boss said, “You need to play winning football. We want to pass the ball but it has to be effective.
“We know the demands of the Championship over ten months, you’re probably looking at 55 games. You have to have a squad who will all contribute. We have goals in mind, and we have players and staff who are course and distance for the Championship and know what is required mentally.
“Likewise we have to find a way to win games home and away. We’ve got a group of players hungry for success, drive and ambition which comes from me as well. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and like I mentioned there’s a feelgood factor here.”
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