Jose Gomes’ tenure at Reading FC looks like it’s coming to an end, with reports suggesting the Portuguese manager could be gone within the next 36 hours.
A summer of transfers made The Royals the biggest net spenders in the Championship this summer, and the Madejski Stadium hierarchy would have been hoping a solid return on their outlay.
But a dire run of form has seen the side slip into the relegation zone, and a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City at the weekend consigned the club to its fifth defeat in six games.
Gomes had done well to keep the Royals up after taking charge midway through last season but a disappointing start is expected to bring his time at the club to an end.
When asked about his future he said : “No one knows this squad or players better than me and the energy I have been feeling from my players with my 25 years experience in professional football says that it can be a mistake [to sack me].
“But this is not my decision and I can only control the things which I decide.”
And as the vultures circle of the head of Gomes, bookies are already speculating who has the credentials to drag Reading back out of the doldrums.
At the top of the list is former Manchester City and Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who is evens for the Reading hotseat.
Well-established at the top level, the Welshman has been out of work since December 2018 after being sacked by Southampton.
Joint second favourites are Phil Parkinson, former manager at Bolton Wanderers, and Daniel Stendel who both come in at 6/1.
Stendel has just parted company with Barnsley, a side how have been enduring an even more dire run of form than Reading – 10 games without a win.
Here is the full list of odds:
Mark Hughes: Evens
Phil Parkinson: 6/1
Daniel Stendel: 6/1
Chris Hughton: 9/1
Graeme Murty: 10/1