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Question Time: Reading with @TheTilehurstEnd

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Unfortunately, fellow Bolton Wanderers fans, the international break has ended and we all have to endure which will no doubt be another gut wrenching game at the Macron Stadium.

The Whites are up against Reading today so we got the lowdown on the team from our pals The Tilehurst End:


1) Bolton fans are keen to know your thoughts on the conspiracy that has gripped our back pages - as explained here....what are your thoughts on this? How deep does the rabbit hole go?

Maybe it's a dream, within a dream, that's part of a simulation, that's going on inside the Matrix and reflecting inside a different multi-verse?

Or more than likely it's just the flimsy nature of football. No owner is ever going to turn down the millions on offer for getting promotion but what you do get is stupid owners and managers who think they're good enough to go up without treating the league with respect until the very final minute, or teams that suddenly turn it on out of nowhere. I remember we had to beat an already relegated Watford in the final home game of our first Premier League season to all but secure European status at the expense of some club who played at the Reebok Stadium and we somehow lost it 2-0. Sometimes these fluke things happen..... OR IS THAT WHAT I'M BEING PAID TO TELL YOU?!

2) Steve Clarke was interviewed for the Bolton job - how did he do at Reading before losing his job?

On the plus side he got us to a first FA Cup semi-final in nearly a century but on the downside he oversaw our worst Championship finish since relegation to the third tier in 1998.

In some ways he was handicapped by FFP during his first campaign but his extensive rebuild of the squad in the summer fell flat after a bright beginning. That slump also coincided with Clarke deciding he wanted to speak to Fulham about their managerial vacancy which is a cocktail that's only going to lead to one thing.

3) Are you happy with McDermott being back?

Personally I'm delighted but there's a chunk of the fanbase that feel we've gone backwards and that Brian isn't forward thinking enough. I can understand those concerns but with the situation we're in right now he's the perfect man for the job, he loves the club and is desperate to do well. Results haven't been amazing since he's returned but we're slowly showing some more of the grit and determination that we used to have back in the good old days.

4) How is life under foreign ownership? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Well the advantage is that we've not been into administration or gone bust... yet. The downside is that you've got people thousands of miles away with little knowledge about the club making huge decisions that will impact Reading for generations to come.

After Anton Zingarevich nearly killed the club with horrible vanity signings on bloated contracts with money he borrowed against parachute payments, our new Thai owners have been much more steady. They rarely make public comments on the club and largely leave it down to the club's established hierarchy to make the day-to-day calls.

That being said, it can take weeks or months for big decisions to get made and we've got several different large shareholders which only complicates things further. You also have no idea what their long-term aims are, how much they want to invest or how much they really care about the club. Sadly you only tend to find out about bad owners when it's too late but fingers crossed we'll be ok this time around.

5) Score prediction?

We've won away once since September and that was a last minute win at Charlton to I'm wise enough not to back us to win away.

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