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“My work starts today”

New boss José Gomes on the challenges ahead

22 December 2018

“First of all I’d like to thank you to Mr Dai – he showed confidence in me and he trusts me, so my first word is for him,” began José Gomes in his first interview as the manager of Reading Football Club.

“I am confident in this project.  I know how the club and the fans around the club feel the results, so I am here to help and to put our club in the right place.

“My work starts today.  And in the first training session, I need to pass my ideas to the players.  I am sure that they will be ready to receive and accept what I want to tell them.

“It is a big project and I felt from the first moment that I arrived at the club that everybody wants the same thing.

I will try to give everybody the hope that we need – to be together, and to put the club in the right place.  Only with hard work from the players can we achieve our goals.”

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Our new boss is one for getting stuck into the heart of training, working closely with players to get things ticking.

“I like to be at the centre of training,” he continued. 

“I need to know what the players are feeling, what they are thinking, how they feel about training and how we are playing.  I have to feel this.  We have to be a close group and build a strong team for the challenge that we have in front of us.

“I need to work in the coming weeks to get to know everybody.  Watching the games on TV is completely different to working every day with them and feeling their character and the way they think.

“I like to start building from the back, and feeling that the players are happy playing a passing game and controlling the game with the ball.

“I know that we have the players with the quality to do that.  We also have players with lots of pace to use the spaces that the opponents give.”

He makes the Madejski Stadium move at the midpoint of the campaign, with plenty of matches ahead and points to play for.

José is keenly looking forward to getting into the thick of the action during a packed winter schedule.

“The Championship is the most competitive league in the world – definitely.

“Before the start of the season, about 20 of the teams want to go to the Premier League.  You won’t find this in any other league in the world.

“It will be a very difficult mission.  But I am completely sure that we will achieve what we want.”

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