Former Brentford and Aldershot CEO, Andrew Mills, has spoken out on the difficulties facing Reading when appearing on national television.

The former director of multiple Football League sides was a guest on TalkTV's Sunday Night Club, hosted by Mark Saggers.

Caroline Parker of Sell Before We Dai was invited on to discuss the plight of the Royals.

After listening to Caroline's passionate plea for the future of the club, Mr Mills reassured her, and Reading fans everywhere, that it will get better- but it may get worse beforehand.

"I remember going to Elm Park way back when and it’s always been a great football club, like so many of the community clubs are. As much as I totally understand her [Caroline Parker] pain right now, I think the soul and the heart of the club will remerge the minute there is a change of ownership, so I wouldn’t be that despondent. When I look at them, sometimes for you to actually change the direction and the culture that has become the recent culture, you unfortunately need to possibly hit rock bottom. That’s where they currently are."

Reading have had 16 points deducted in the last three seasons for off-field financial irregularites, while Dai Yongge has personal charges hanging over his head for failing to pay staff on time on three separate occasions.

HMRC has twice lodged winding-up petitions against the club this season, with both withdrawn after eventually receiving funds due to them by the club.

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Mr Saggers, a regular pundit on the likes of BBC and TalkSPORT for decades, asked the former Football League CEO why more can't be done by the EFL.

"The absolute truth is that there isn’t [anything the EFL can do to get Dai Yongge out]," he said. "As with any other business, the business fails and normally the executives have some kind of effect because of bankruptcy. This is where the business of football clubs is completely unique because they’re reliant on the goodwill of people, they trade on the goodwill of people and they abuse the goodwill of people.

"It’s so painful. What makes it so painful is that there’s no way of knowing or testing. If we all took a theory test tomorrow and the examiner says to us ‘Do you ensure us that you will drive within the speed limit?’ and I go ‘Yeah I will obey the speed limit’ then there is someone at the end with no interest, they’re not going to put their hand up and say ‘I’m not’ they’re going to say ‘I intend to drive within the speed limit.’ The owner and directors’ test is much the same."