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💬 "This league is very competitive. It’s demanding. It’s intense. And I'm ready for the challenge!"

The very first words from new Royals boss Veljko Paunović...

8 September 2020

He's allowed out of quarantined self-isolation. And he was out on the grass at Bearwood for the very first time this morning. Veljko Paunović is a Royal!

"I was delighted with the possibility of coming to work in England and in the Championship with Reading from the very moment I heard of it," Pauno said after his first training session with the first team.

"It is something which has been on my list of career goals for a long time now and this is a step that I believe is one of the most important in my career so far.

"It really is a pleasure to be here. I’m really pleased that this morning I was able to meet the guys, the whole Reading family down at the training ground.

"This sort of environment at Bearwood is something that every coach dreams about. Fantastic fields, fantastic set-up on-site and it is very picturesque.

"Importantly, it inspires everyone to work and give their best – which are the pinnacles of we want to achieve.

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"And I’m also very aware of the responsibility that this opportunity, this quest, brings.

"We start this season in unprecedented times and we have many challenges ahead – but I am eager and ready for the challenge!"

The Championship is not like any other league in the world. And, less than a week before our first league game of the season, our new boss is well aware of the task ahead...

"It’s very competitive. It’s demanding. It’s intense. Everything that is important for me. It matches my characteristics as a person and as a coach.

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"And that is what I want to teach and coach from the beginning. The work ethic, the quality of the work is important and all in a very detail-oriented and intense environment...where every day we want to excel and be at our best.

"That is the only way I see we can reach our goals, meet the demands of the game and the expectations of our fans.

"Our fans deserve to see that on the field – a team where everyone is on the same page, everyone wants to win, nobody gives up and every individual gives their best."

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