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Sir John: Owners 'totally supportive'

18 December 2014

Co-Chairman on Clarke appointment

Sir John Madejski has highlighted the 'totally supportive' ownership structure at Madejski Stadium following the appointment of Steve Clarke earlier this week.

The club moved quickly to secure the services of the 51-year-old, and the Co-Chairman emphasised that it was a unanimous decision.

"Our partners - the shareholders - make the key decisions but then again the club is still being run by the same people who have done so for 24 years," he said.

"Nigel Howe has been with us for many years, he runs things and we have a very good team here. We've got a very good team here and I'm delighted they subscribe to that and allow us to get on with that, that's wonderful. It (the change of manager) was a decision made by the shareholders, all of us, and Steve reached all the credentials to take over the position. I'd just like to wish Nigel Adkins all the best for the future at this point. It was a unanimous decision, and we moved very quickly because the shareholders wanted to move quickly. The decision to change was made in unison.

"The shareholders are private people, they don't necessarily want to be in the media but they're totally supportive and we're all doing the best we can. It's a great tribute to everyone at the football club that they've been so helpful. The club is about everyone, the team we have and we're proud of that legacy - indeed it was nice to hear Steve echo those sentiments about what a great club we have so I thank him for that. The shareholders recognise that."

When asked in the press conference about the possibility of strengthening in January, Sir John explained that the club would have to exert caution in the transfer market given the limits of Financial Fair Play.

"January is something we will discuss internally, we now have Financial Fair Play which makes things not as straightforward as they used to be, when you could spend what you want to. We have to be very careful because of the residue of the last time we were in the Premier League and we'll do whatever we can to assist in terms of building on what we already have. A promotion push? Why not. As the manager intimated, anything is possible. We go into Christmas and we'll do our best to get as high up the table as possible. Nothing is out of the question! We're looking forward to the future and turning Reading Football Club around to get some positive results."

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