Writer: Chris Kitley
Date:Thursday May 22 2008
It appears that Nicky Shorey will be the first 'big name' to leave Reading, following the clubs relegation.
The England international has been rubbish this season, perhaps because he has been anticipating a move, or perhaps because he is actually rubbish, but regardless, he looks to be leaving the club.
Shorey joined the Royals from Leyton Orient back in 2001 and has played in three divisions for the Royals.
Despite not actually spending any money while in the Premier League, Royals Cheif Executive Nigel Howe claims the club will need to sell Shorey to generate some funds.
He said, 'Nicky Shorey and a few others will be looked at as potential people to leave,' said Howe.
'Nicky has made it clear for a long time that he hasn't been too happy at the club.
'Well, let's hope that somebody comes in with a good offer.'
Unbelievably the board are not willing to fund Coppell to strengthen his side as Howe explained.
'What we have said to Steve is that if he trades well it should release enough funds to go forward.
'But he won't have money unless he sells. At the moment we are just trying to balance the budget.
The concern is to keep as many of the core squad together. But Steve does want to reduce the squad so he is expecting to receive offers for players.
'If Steve wants to keep all the players on the same salaries, there won't be the release of funds. If he reduces the wage bill, he will have funds.
'Even though we get the £11million parachute we have still got very highly paid players - even with the reduction in wages - so I think we will have to budget for a small loss.
'Salaries have to be at the middle range and some in the upper range for the Championship.'
It seems that Nigel Howe and John Madejski have no ambition to get the club back in the Premier League, and unless they're attitude changes, it may be another disappointing season for Royals fans.
Date:Thursday May 22 2008
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