Former Reading boss Kelly Cousins (formerly Chambers) has reacted to the news that the women's side avoided relegation from the Championship.

Cousins, now in America, is from the town and is one of the most influential figures in the development of the women's team.

Both captaining and managing the Royals, Cousins led the club to their highest finish of fourth in 2018.

Departing to become Sporting Director at Utah Royals, Cousins was in charge last season as the women's side were relegated out of the Women's Super League and had to endure late wage payments, no food in the training ground and eventual demotion from fully professional to part-time.

Former Oxford United boss, Liam Gilbert, took over in the summer and has kept the side up following Sunday's 1-0 win over Durham.

Taking to social media after discovering the news, Cousins commented: "I'm so incredibly proud of this group, it’s been tough watching from afar. For everything they have been through and to see them stay in the Women’s Championship is a huge achievement! Let’s hope they get more support next season! THEY DESERVE MORE!"

Reading travel to already-relegated Watford next week for the final match of the season.