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"The whole club is focussed"

3 May 2013

Chairman backs Adkins to succeed

Sir John Madejski says that everyone at the club is together and focussed on the same ambition - returning to the Barclays Premier League.

The Chairman also believes that experience of being in the top flight will be beneficial to the Royals' aspirations in the future.

"The players certainly have the bit between their teeth to succeed next season and we as a club will be doing everything we can to get back into the Premier League," he said. "The whole club is focussed on that and I think the fans also are too.

"We still have the goodwill of the fans which is vastly important for us. I think that the fans appreciate that Reading always have punched above their weight and I think that’s important too. Sometimes it’s difficult, when you’ve got 20 teams in the Premier League who are all desperate for the same accolade – to stay there. We’ve had this experience before, we know how to get back up again.

"I’m delighted that Anton has bought in to the Reading way. He has great ambition for Reading Football Club, he wants us to do well. Now he’s got his stall laid out, he knows what he wants, where we’re going and where we’ve come from. I think it’s a tremendous relationship we have with Anton.

"One thing I know he’s very keen on is the Academy process. A lot of effort has been going on in that in terms of growing our own. He’s very enthusiastic about that, training, the Academy and growing our own. That’s exciting. He’s very passionate about Reading Football Club and very anxious to make things succeed. And I’m sure he will."

The Chairman also underlined his backing for manager Nigel Adkins, and believes Anton made the right choice appointing him.

"I think Anton has chosen really well with Nigel, I really do, I think he’s a very enthusiastic, able person who can get us back into the Premier League. It’s a different type of football that he plays - Anton didn’t just make his mind up overnight.

"Now we can start building our team over the summer. We’ve got a new manager and we have to recognise that he’s got his plans - he’s been working with the team now for a month or so. He knows how it all works and knows exactly what he’s got to do. Hopefully we can fight and get back into the Premier League next season."

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