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Clement | "Teamwork and hard work key to turning things around"

Our new manager gave his thoughts on the challenge ahead, the squad's objectives and his short and long-term goals as Royals...

23 March 2018

A new man is in the hotseat at Madejski Stadium and from the whirlwind of his first day in RG2, Paul Clement is crystal clear about his and his team's mission, short-term and long-term at Reading Football Club.

"It's happened very quickly!" he began in an exclusive interview with the club. "I was in California yesterday so it was a quick flight back to sign all the relevant paperwork!"

"But absolutely the most important thing now is to get onto the grass with the players and start the preparation towards the first game which is next Friday against Queens Park Rangers.

"I was very clear my mind is that I wanted to get back into management very quickly. I didn't feel I needed to refresh or rejuvenate...I'm still relatively young as a coach and getting back on the training pitch and being involved in competitive games again is something that I wanted to get back to.

"And Reading for me has always been a club that's had a very good reputation of being very competitive at both first team level in the Championship and the Premier League and in bringing young players through the Academy.

"This club has great foundations in place to build - short-term, medium-term, and long-term as well.

"But my only focus is on the next eight games.

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Paul Clement appointed

23 March 2018

"I went into Swansea City and I hadn't had experience of a relegation battle before and Swansea were in a worse position than Reading's in the Championship.

"Swansea City were bottom on 12 points and things were looking really poor, but we managed to put a good set of results together, teamwork, hard work, working together to get the results that we needed. And we did.

"I have a lot of experience now in a wide range of jobs, whether that has been in the Academy in my early years or more recently European football working in Spain, in France, in Germany...as a Premier League manager, as a Championship manager - but one thing I know for sure is that it's going to be a team effort here.

"It'll be a collective approach, everyone trying to do their best, everyone contributing if we're going to be successful."

Clement is now set to link up with his squad of players in the coming days - those who are not away with their respective countries. And he is confident in the ability he has to call upon within the Royals' squad. 

"Well one of the first things I'm going to be saying to the players, and I'm sure that they agree with this, is that they've underachieved this year.

"Last season the club had a fantastic run, third-place finish and missed out so narrowly on promotion. When you lose on penalties in the play-off final it's always very, very difficult.

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📷 Gallery | Clement's first day at Madejski Stadium

23 March 2018

"But it was a strong season last year and this season has been more difficult.

"I know some of the squad having worked with them previously and I know this team because when I was at Swansea we played Reading here in the Carabao Cup and I did my research very thoroughly for that tie. 

"I'm not the only one that's surprised about the position the team are in at the moment. Eight very important games, everyone's going to be giving their best to make sure that this club are playing in the Championship next season.

"Looking forward now, with this group and these players, it's about thinking in a very positive manner and getting them back to playing to the potential that they're capable of."

And we will need the fans' support!

"I'm looking forward to getting some preparation done on the training pitch and my first game next Friday," he continued.

"I hope lots of fans turn up to support the team because I know that that can give the players a big lift.

"When the fans come in, support the players, give them that little bit extra to push them over the line."


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