Reading Football Club was sold by long-term chairman Sir John Madejski to Russian businessman Anton Zingarevich in May 2012 at the end of a season. This change in ownership saw them return to the Premier League after a four-year absence. In order to stay in the top flight, Reading needed to spend big money on players with proven quality in the division but instead opted to stick with the players and manager who got them to the big time in the first place.
This decision, unfortunately, backfired on the club who parted company with manager Brian McDermott in March and despite his best efforts the new boss, Nigel Adkins, couldn't keep the club in the Premier League. Following their relegation, the club will need to combine the sale of their top earners and most valuable players with building a squad capable of making an instant return to the top tier of English football.
Below you'll see how debt levels have changed at the club over the years compared to league position & goals scored in addition to other key stats. There's also a social media data analysis of who is the most valued player to the fans, compared to the clubs player of the year.
A comparison of the club voted player of the year to what we have defined as the 'Most Valued Player' (MVP).