There was a whole host of news away from Reading FC in the Championship this week that will influence our club and opponents for next season.

Leeds left the division as champions, Wycombe Wanderers earned a place in the league, Huddersfield sacked Danny Cowley as manager and the government announced a plan to get football fans back in to stadiums for October.

The biggest news of the week on the pitch goes in the direction of Leeds United who confirmed their place in the Premier League after West Brom lost to Huddersfield on Friday night. A day later and they were crowned champions after Brentford lost to Stoke City.

Reading fans will be saved a trip to Yorkshire and an extra £39 in their pocket for the next campaign. Norwich City were also relegated into the Championship with a trip to Carrow Road booked in for the 2020/21 campaign.

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Wycombe Wanderers were the League One play off winners as they beat Oxford United at Wembley to secure a Championship place for next season. They join Coventry City and Rotherham United in promotion so the Royals will make trips to them next season.


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The Chairboys were busy in the days after their play-off victory with new contracts for five of their League One promotion gaining side. Adebayo Akinfenwa headlined the quintet with captain Matt Bloomfield, top goalscorer Joe Jacobsen, defender Anthony Stewart and midfielder Alex Pattison also earning new terms with the Buckinghamshire side.

Huddersfield Town were the latest side to part company with their manager as Danny Cowley was relieved of his duties on Sunday. Along with his assistant and brother, Nicky, the Cowley brothers guided the Terriers to safety in a disappointing first season for the Yorkshire side after Premier League relegation last season.

There was some substantial injury news for QPR who will be without experienced defender, Angel Rangel for 9 months after the ex-Swansea right back suffered an Achilles injury in midweek. The side were only able to name six of the nine allowed substitutes at the weekend after releasing Marc Pugh and Grant Hall at the end of June. Former QPR man Ravel Morrison was also released by Middlesbrough while Stephen Ward and Mame Diouf departed Stoke City.

In the big transfer news of the week, 17-year-old Jude Bellingham completed his move from Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund. The young midfielder was announced as Dortmund player on Monday morning with a transfer fee of approximately £22 million.

Meanwhile on the rumour mill, QPR’s Bright Osayi-Samuel is expected to join up with former Royal, Paul Clement at Club Brugge for a rumoured £4.5 million while Liverpool youngster Yasser Larouci is heading in the direction of either Leeds or Brentford. Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence has been linked with Tottenham and West Brom and the clear out at Wigan is expected at the conclusion of the season with defenders Cedric Kipre and Antonee Robinson catching the interest of Premier League eyes.

In former Royals news, it was a big weekend for ex goalkeepers. Emi Martinez guided Arsenal to the FA Cup final after some impressive performances for the Gunners since the restart. Another shot stopper of Reading past in Jonathan Bond has been linked with a summer move away from West Brom with a trio of Championship sides interested. Graham Stack will take temporary control of Watford alongside another former Royal loanee in Hayden Mullins. The pair will take the struggling Premier League side to Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

Reading Women also had a busy week confirming three new signings. Danielle Carter and Emma Mitchell joined the Royals from Arsenal and Deanna Cooper signed from FAWSL Champions, Chelsea. All three join the club after being released at the early conclusion of the league campaign. There were also new contracts for club captain, Natasha Harding, Welsh international Lily Woodham and a first professional contract for academy captain Kiera Skeels, who made her debut for the senior side at the Madejski last season.