Belfast Telegraph

Reading's drop will be no shock

I think we can now assume that, after being easily beaten by Southampton on Saturday, Reading will go back whence they came: to the Championship.

You can put QPR in that category too, I suspect, after Shaun Maloney's stoppage time equaliser for Wigan.

It was a pretty ruthless act for Reading to dispose of Brian McDermott, a manager that achieved so much with a squad obviously short on quality.

It didn't inspire any sympathy on my part. I've always thought Reading are a club ill-fitted to the Premier League.

What struck me watching the game was that while the Saints fans were singing throughout, the Reading supporters sat on their hands.

It exuded a belief that their side wasn't remotely good enough and that any support would be wasted breath.

The irony is that having replaced McDermott with Nigel Adkins, they now have a manager adept at getting sides promoted.

Adkins has led Southampton and, before them, Scunthorpe to four promotions in six seasons.

In that, at least, they've planned for the future.

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