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Clement: "We're ready to go"

Manager looks ahead to his first match in charge

29 March 2018

Paul Clement says he has enjoyed a 'busy but positive' first week in charge of the Royals, and is raring to go as Reading take on QPR on Good Friday.

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With several training sessions under their belts, Clement says the Royals are getting set for a tough eight-game run-in to this Championship season.

Clement says that, on a personal level, he already feels settled in to the club: "It's been a good few days. It's been busy, but I have to say very positive.

"The work with the players has been very positive over the last four days, some of them came back a little bit later because they were away on international duty, but everyone's back now.

"Our preparation has been good, and we're ready to go for the game."

Clement also praised his assistants, Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi, who have both returned to the club to join the manager's backroom staff alongside Michael Gilkes and Dave Beasant.

"They've both had successful spells here before, and I'm very pleased that they've come here again with me," he added. "I worked with Nigel for the first time at Swansea so I'm very happy he's joined again, he's got lots of experience from being a long-time player - and now having a lot of experience as a coach as well.

"Also Karl as well, he's someone I've worked with at many clubs - at Swansea, Derby, Chelsea and Fulham before that when we were both working in youth development.

"He's someone I've known for a long, long time. What we've been able to do is hit the ground running. We know how each other work, we've integrated very nicely with the backroom staff who have been here for a long time."

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While he has managed to put some points across to the Royals during his short tenure thus far, Clement said he is hoping to get the best out of the team from the off against QPR on Good Friday.

"You're learning all the time, these last few days have been very beneficial," Clement continued. "It's not a long time so I was very conscious about how many ideas I put across to the players. 

"I think the main thing, though, on Friday night is about the character, the belief and the work-rate to try and make things happen. 

"If we can add on a couple of the ideas from the tactical side, hopefully that'll come together and we can get a good result."

With Ian Holloway's side sat in mid-table as it stands, Clement hopes to get off to a winning start against a team proven to be a tough proposition in the Championship this season.

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"All the preparation's done, I know what the starting eleven is going to be, I know who the substitutes are going to be.

"We've done our tactical work towards the game, it's now about the players going out there and putting that into place. That's the most important thing now.

"We can have a great training week but it's only great if you can finish it off with the test at the end of the week. Everything's about the game.

"I'm expecting a stern test, particularly with the results they've picked up recently. They had a good away draw at Fulham, a fantastic win away at Aston Villa but then they had a strange result, 5-2 against Nottingham Forest.

"When you play teams like that, who can be a bit inconsistent, you're not quite sure what to expect. What you should plan for is expecting the very best of them, and that'll put us in the right frame of mind."


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