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José Gomes




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José Gomes was officially appointed as first team manager of the Royals on 22nd December 2018.

Gomes left his position at the helm of Portuguese top tier side Rio Ave to put pen to paper as Royals boss, becoming only our second manager from overseas since the club’s inception in 1871. 

Before joining Reading, Gomes accrued a wealth of experience in a coaching capacity; starting out as a youth coach at amateur side CF Valadares in his early twenties, nearby his hometown of Matosinhos, his talents quickly took him into the professional ranks with Paços de Ferreira where he was appointed as assistant manager in 1995.

After a stint as assistant at SC Covilhã and widening his skillset by working as a fitness coach with Gil Vicente and Benfica, Gomes returned to Paços in 2003 for his first taste of first-team management.  Over the coming years, his experience was broadened during spells in the dugout with Portuguese sides Aves, Leixões, União Leiria and Moreirense.

In 2008, Gomes took up a position with Portuguese giants Porto, assisting vastly experienced manager Jesualdo Ferreira and helping the side to a league and cup double in his first season.  As a duo, Gomes and Ferreira would move on to Spanish top tier side Malaga and Greek goliaths Panathinaikos, giving him his first taste of working outside of his native country.

Gomes built on those international experiences when he took his next role as a head coach, steering Hungarian outfit Videoton to a fourth-placed finish and to the final of the Ligakupa in the 2013-14 season.

That was followed by taking the hotseat at Saudi clubs Al-Taawoun and Al-Ahli (winning the Saudi Super Cup with the latter), Abu Dhabi-based side Baniyas, and a second spell with Al-Taawoun before a return to his homeland to join up with Rio Ave last June.  Gomes arrives in RG2 having led the Vila do Conde-based side to sixth in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

And in December 2018, José arrived in Berkshire to begin a fresh new challenge as Royals boss.