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Brendan Rodgers' Reading exit shocks Mick Gooding

Mick Gooding
Gooding made more than 300 appearances for Reading as a player

Former Reading manager Mick Gooding says he was shocked by the departure of Brendan Rodgers from the club.

Rodgers left Reading by mutual consent after just over six months in charge.

Gooding told BBC Berkshire: "He took over a club that have had a big shift in policy - Brendan knew this when he took over.

"He was left with a young inexperienced squad. He has had some money to bring people in but I was still really surprised when he was sacked."

Gooding, summariser on BBC Radio Berkshire for Reading matches, added: "I said at the start of the season if Reading finish mid-table I would have thought Brendan did a fantastic job.

"It's unbelievable. If you lose all your best players - you are bound to struggle.

"I know that the fans had higher expectations then I did at the start of the season, just purely because there has been so many of the top players that have left.

"I don't care who took over it was always going to be a tough job.

"Brendan will be bitterly disappointed. I know that Brendan has asked for certain things and not been given them.

"If you appoint a manager you need to back your manager. You need to back him 100% or change - and they have not backed him."

Gooding, who was in charge with Jimmy Quinn at Reading between 1994 and 1997, said he was not expecting a call from chairman Sir John Madejski.

"I've had my time, there is no way in the world I see myself going back to the football club," he said.

"I would love an opportunity to be back at Reading Football Club, but I know from the experience I have had that it won't happen."

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