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Monday, 21 December 2015 22:35

Cakey takes over The Buiscuitmen

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The recent appointment of eccentric Scottish manager Cakey at Reading Football Club was one which raised some eyebrows. The Madejski faithful have had some growing concerns when the unproven manager was given the reigns of their beloved Royals. Cakey has brought in a free thinking strategy that is based more on the fluidity of the football rather than the regular tendencies of other Scottish managers. Many believed it would be a time of turmoil for the Royals, but they have been presently surprised by the tenacious way the manager has taken to the club and his new surroundings.

Many key staff members have publicly spoken of their greatest respect for the new manager. The expectations of the fans, which is always high is even higher now that team has been ripped apart and rebuilt to resemble a side that many now consider title contenders. Reading’s squad at the beginning of Season 8 in the Second Tier was one the fans had grown to love. Cakey has since taken that squad and disbanded almost all of them except for a few defenders. The transfer window merry-go-round has been in full swing at the Madejski with bodies coming in and going out. The team has almost settled down, with transfer activity now at a minimum.

The latest player to be shipped out is Francois Clerc, the French right back has been in and out of the team in recent weeks. Some thought he would have held down a place, but clearly the manager has other thoughts. It seems that some of the first signings have taken to their new pastures and nailed down places in the squad, with none other than World Cup winner Iker Casillas

Some might say he has mixed feelings about signing for his new club. He has been ever present in the Reading goal with some stellar performances so far this season, keeping 3 clean sheets so far in the first 9 games. Reading great Shaka Hislop has come out in recent weeks stating that the Spaniard is probably the greatest keeper to ever wear the gloves at Reading.

Fans may well say that other players have held the limelight this season. Namely the French maestro Jeremy Menez. The former A.C Milan forward’s shock move to Reading has had fans believing the new manager can produce the proverbial rabbit out of the hat scenario. So far this season he has 2 Man of the Match performances and 4 goals to his name. This alone has instilled Menez into the hearts and minds of players and fans alike.

He is only overshadowed by one man


​The Algerian hitman has produced a whirlwind since jetting into Reading from a far-away land. His slender but tall stature as the spearhead of the Reading attack has proved to be a stroke of genius from the new manager. Slimani has provided some great, crucial goals this season, tallying up a total of 8 so far, and 3 man of the match performances. The plaudits have been coming in thick and fast as he is seen as being a jewel in the crown for new manager.

Some say the best form of attack is defence, or is it the other way around? I forget. Coming in under the radar in a deal so cheap, even the accountant had to double and triple check it before processing. Vasili Vladimirovich Berezutski
At a bargain price of 7m the aging centre back was purchased originally as cover, but has shown glimpses of greatness this season. He is now a first team regular partnering the newly acquired Demichelis in defence. Berezutski is a no nonsense defender. Robust in his challenges, dogged and determined. Great traits and clearly ones that are admired by the new manager. Despite his age and that of Demichelis they have both rolled back the years and are clearly enjoying their football.

Cakey, the chairman, the players and the fans will all hope the success continues for a long long time.

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