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PC: "Determination and drive" to succeed next season

Manager hopes to use Cardiff's final-day success as motivator for Royals

10 May 2018

Paul Clement says he hopes to use the celebratory scenes for the home side in Cardiff at the weekend as a motivational tool for the Royals to hopefully challenge for promotion next season.

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With a few weeks to recuperate and get ready for another crack at the Championship next term, Clement says he hopes to be in the same shoes as Cardiff when next May comes around.

"We could hear the Cardiff supporters and players celebrating and we want a taste of that," he explained.

"I spoke to the players and said that's got to be our aim, it's got to be our objective - having the aim of wanting to achieve something like that.

"I have a big determination and drive to show that I can take the team forward over a full season.

"For us moving forward, we need a strong pre-season, working on the quality of the squad to show that kind of fight and desire you need at the end of the season, in the game against Cardiff it was a good foundation to build on.

"There's a lot to be done and, as far as I'm concerned, that starts straight away.

"We want to do things on the recruitment side of things where we're bringing in the right kind of quality - we want to establish an offensive style of play here. There wasn't time for me to do that in the last eight games, it was about shoring us up defensively and grinding out results.

"We can build on that, now in pre-season hopefully we can work on some attacking football that fans are really going to enjoy watching.

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"Seven weeks now until the start of pre-season, they've got three weeks of complete rest but then they've got off-season programmes which we expect them to do.

"They need to come back in decent shape so we can have a strong pre-season, that'll put us in the right condition for a long season.

"I want to balance the squad slightly, for me it's about reducing the size slightly and improving quality, that means there are going to be some exits - but that's normal, it's part of football.

"I think Reading's a really good football club. It's well-situated, the stadium's good, we're moving to a new training ground soon, I think it's an exciting time to be a part of the club."


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