Heartbroken Royals fans
'We're bitterly disappointed'
Reactions from Reading FC chair John Madesjki, manager Steve Coppell, Glen Little and emotional fans after Reading's relegation heartbreak on Sunday 11 May 2008.
Reading have been relegated. They played their part up at Derby - winning 0 - 4 but were let down by the final score down at Fratton Park where Fulham scored against Portsmouth.
Listen to a montage of Derby v Reading game here:
Reading FC chairman John Madejski said: "We had this magnificent result this afternoon 4-0 - it's brilliant. To go away knowing that we're going to be playing in the Championship is a cruel thing, but isn't sport cruel.
He made a point of showing his appreciation to the supporters: "The fans have just been fantastic and hopefully they'll stick with us."
Listen to the John Madejski interview here:
At the post-match press conference a downbeat Steve Coppell said: "Three points here today - I had a feeling it would be enough.
"At the end of it all you've got to give huge respect to Roy Grant and Fulham, they had to go there and get a result and that is to their credit.
"We're obviously bitterly disappointed - that's an understatement - the dressing room is a very sad place at the moment, and it's difficult to know what to say to ease their pain.
"There's no comfort in words at the moment, it's just a bit of a numb feeling. We've brought some good stuff to the Premiership - it's just a shame it ended that way."
Listen to the Steve Coppell interview here:
Midfielder Glen Little was also very emotional speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire's Tim Dellor after the game.
" I can't believe it. You're relying on texts and phone calls and in the end it's gone against us.
"It's not about today, we haven't done enough over the season.
"We know how big the gulf is between the Premier League and the Championship - a lot of us have played in the Championship for years, and when you go up with 106 points you don't really want to go back there again.
"I feel robbed, I feel cheated, I feel bitter. I waited a long time to get into the Premier League."
Listen to the Glen Little interview here:
Fans texting in to BBC Radio Berkshire displayed a mixture of anger and fierce loyalty. Here's a selection:
"There you go John Madejksi you reap what you sow, by sticking to your wage cap and lack of investment."
"Good win today but needed the wins earlier in the season."
Reading FC fans
"The positive for true Reading fans is that we can get an extra season ticket, we will be there wathcing Reading in the Championship next season."
"Madesjki has proved you can't do the Premier League on the cheap."
"This was inept management of the highest order."
"We are leaking goals before Christmas and Coppell did nothing about it so I'm afraid it's goodbye to Steve Coppell."
Listen to more fans' reactions here:
Click on the link below to send us your thoughts and questions for Graeme Murty and John Madejski on the Andrew Peach breakfast show on Monday 12 May 2008 from 7am to 10am on BBC Radio Berkshire.
last updated: 11/05/2008 at 20:42
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