SIR JOHN PART OF ROY­ALS’ NEW ERA

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

FORMER Reading owner Sir John Made­jski has been ap­pointed the Roy­als’ new vice-chair­man.

Reading en­joyed swathes of suc­cess, in­clud­ing a first-ever pro­mo­tion to the top tier of English foot­ball in 2006, un­der the own­er­ship of Mad­jeski – who took over the club in 1990 be­fore selling it to An­ton Zin­gare­vich in 2012.

In May this year, Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li bought the Roy­als and ap­pointed Ron Gourlay as chief ex­ec­u­tive, a role he for­merly held at Chelsea.

Now Made­jski, who founded Auto Trader, has stepped away from foot­balling mat­ters to take up a new am­bas­sado­rial po­si­tion.

“This is a new era at Reading foot­ball club,” said Gourlay.

“Yet it is plain for ab­so­lutely all to see – sup­port­ers young and old, play­ers past and present, the club’s staff, its own­ers and di­rec­tors, and all in­volved in foot­ball – how mo­men­tous a part Sir John has played in the cre­ation, pro­gres­sion and suc­cess earned by the modern, am­bi­tious club we all sup­port today.

“So I am de­lighted, as we en­ter this new era at Reading, Sir John has hap­pily agreed to con­tinue to help pro­mote our club’s achieve­ments and pub­licly praise its many mer­its within a com­mu­nity he con­tin­ues to serve so self­lessly.”

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