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💪 "I want our fans to know we are always going to fight until the end. We will always give our best."

Pauno on the connection with our supporters, balancing a new beginning with club tradition and his message to loyal Royals everywhere...

9 September 2020

New ideas, a new approach, a new style - all potentially come with the arrival of a new manager. But Veljko Paunović is also very aware of the club's history and traditions and his role in shaping the next chapter at Madejski Stadium.

"I’m very happy to see people here very enthusiastic about the new beginning for us, but also enthusiastic about the continuation of the long history of our club," he said.

"When I look at our crest and I see 1871, I see the year of foundation, I think there are not many constitutions in the world that have that long a history.

"That is another ingredient to my philosophy, my way of doing things – tradition is very important.

"I still need to learn about the club. I haven’t had time to go into the town yet. But I want to mix with our fans, get a sense of their expectations and enthusiasm within our club.

"That is going to help establish the culture that the fans want to see, on and off the field. And I think it is going to be very important to start working on that from the very beginning, the very first day."

Of course that is going to prove difficult in the present circumsatnces, with our supporters still unable to attend matches as behind closed doors football continues. But work is being done to prepare for the return of Royals fans as soon as it become possible.

"As soon as we can have our fans back in the stadium, that is going to be a big boost for our team," he continued.

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"We will have to wait for a little bit longer until fans are back in the stadium. So right now we are working hard and establishing the culture and the ethic we need to have here amongst us. But we have to connect with our fans, our people.

"Our facilities here at Bearwood, the stadium, the town, our community, they are all going to be key. The alignment of all these elements is crucial for the club and as soon as our fans are back we want to start connecting with them."

And in the meantime, what was the new manager's message to our supporters?

"I want our fans to know we are always going to fight until the end. We will always give our best.

"And I want our fans to know we need them, we need their love and their support.

"We are aware of our role on the field, it’s a two-way relationship, and that starts now. From the first game, we want to build that relationship with our fans."


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