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🏃‍♂️ Introducing two new coaches | Fortune and Gomes join Royals’ ranks

Welcoming Quinton and Nuno to the Bearwood Park pitches…

8 September 2020

Reading Football Club are pleased to confirm that Quinton Fortune and Nuno Gomes have both put pen to paper to sign coaching contracts with the Royals.

The duo arrive as part of our new manager’s first team staff and joined Veljko Paunović on the training pitch at Bearwood Park for the first time this morning.

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune joins the club as First Team Coach.

The Cape Town-born coach played alongside our incoming Serbian boss at Atlético Madrid in the early part of their professional careers but is better known in the UK for seven years spent at Old Trafford.

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And it is from Manchester United that Fortune arrives in RG2 – having played 126 times under Sir Alex Ferguson, he completed his UEFA A Licence and last season assisted Neil Wood as a coach with United’s Under-23s.

On the pitch, Fortune played at the highest level – he featured in three Premier League-winning sides and an FA Cup Final during his time at United. On the international scene, Quinton was capped 46 times by South Africa, representing his nation in two World Cups in 1998 and 2002 and in an African Cup of Nations Final against Egypt.

The latter part of his playing career included short spells at Bolton, in Italy with Brescia and then at Belgian side Tubize before a small taste of the Championship was earned at Doncaster Rovers in 2009.

He returned to United to complete his badges before a coaching stint with Cardiff City in 2014. Now he leaves Old Trafford’s youth set-up to join Veljko’s coaching team at the Madejski, where he links up with former United teammate John O’Shea as part of the Royals’ first team set up.

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Former defender Nuno Gomes has already been contributing to first team training during the manager’s routine quarantine period in the UK. Our new Assistant First Team Coach spent his playing days primarily in his native Portugal before ending his playing career in Cyprus.

As a coach, he began to learn the trade in Cypriot and then Portuguese youth football but was brought to Illinois as an assistant to Chicago Fire boss Paunović in 2018.

He returned to Portugal in 2019 to take the role of Assistant Manager to Tiago Fernandes at his former club Chaves – but now he links up with Paunović once more at Bearwood Park.

We would like to warmly welcome both Quinton and Nuno to Reading Football Club.

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