Steve Clarke to be named as new Reading manager

first_imgSteve Clarke is set to be named as the new Reading manager, talkSPORT understands.The former West Bromwich Albion boss has been out of work for the past 12 months since leaving the Hawthorns.He replaces Nigel Adkins, who was sacked by Reading on Monday.More follows… 1 Steve Clarke last_img

Why Liverpool should rest players in the Premier League

first_img1 Liverpool kick off their Europa League campaign on Thursday evening with a potentially tricky clash against Turkish giants Besiktas and while it may not quite be the level of competition the club or its fans truly crave, Europe’s ‘second’ competition could prove to be a welcome boost.With this season’s victor collecting the golden ticket of a place in the Champions League, there is a much bigger incentive for those still in the competition – something Liverpool bosses will be acutely aware of.As it stands there are eight matches between the Redmen and trip to the final in Warsaw, and while they will face some fiercely hard games between now and then, when compared to the path of securing a top four – or ideally top three – place in the Premier League, all of a sudden, the Europa League looks very enticing.A look over Liverpool’s 13 remaining domestic fixtures sees them face each of the current top five in the Premier League, meaning that close to half of their league matches are make or break when it comes to challenging for a top four finish.Compared to the fixture run-in the four other teams currently battling for a Champions League spot – Manchester United face six teams in the relegation battle, Southampton seven, while Arsenal have a very favourable run – and it’s already starting to look like an uphill battle for Brendan Rodgers’ men.Despite such a relatively small gap between themselves and Man United in third spot, this variable makes an already difficult task appear harder, to the point that Liverpool must surely start to weigh up their priorities for the remainder of the campaign.Kopites will want to get Steven Gerrard to Wembley for an FA Cup final send-off, but what of the club’s aspirations for next season?As has been apparent this season, Liverpool do not appear to have the depth in quality to battle on numerous fronts, so with the season reaching a crucial point, Rodgers and his staff will need to decide what’s more attainable – and on the face of it, the Europa League cannot be discounted.Liverpool have such a rich history of European success and are hitting such a rich vain of form that you’d be foolish not to name them among the favourites for the competition.Following a hiatus, Anfield has been crying out for more of those famous European nights and given that Liverpool could feasibly reach the final on the back of four victories, perhaps it’s time for some more?Liverpool fans, do you think you should prioritise Europa League success over a Premier League top four? Liverpool could claim a Champions League place last_img read more