Sir John Madejski hands out accolades to local youngstersReading manager Steve Clarke visited the John Madejski Academy, along with the co-chairman himself, to take part in an awards presentation last night.
After posing for a few photos, the new Royals boss participated in a question-and-answer session with the school’s principle Nicola Maytum, where he was questioned on his career to date.
Clarke divulged into his biggest career influences to date, his advice for the academy’s students and his interesting back-up career plan had he not managed to forge a hugely successful career in the professional game.
He said: “I worked in a factory and did an apprenticeship for four years before I went full-time in football. I was an instrument technician and if football hadn’t been kind to me then I suppose I’d still be in there working the night shift.
“It was a good profession and I enjoyed it but I managed to get lucky in football and have made a career for myself in the game.
“The best advice I was ever given was to always work hard and be enthusiastic in what you do. It’s very simple, but the best advice normally is very simple. If you work hard and enjoy it, then you can become very successful."