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Reading relegated back to League One after 20 years

After Huddersfield secured all three points to ensure their Championship survival against now-Premier-League-side Sheffield United, Reading was subsequently relegated back down to League One for the first time since 2002.

Reading's hopes of avoiding relegation rested on the shoulders of the Yorkshire derby between Sheffield United and Huddersfield, with the Royals needing the Blades to win in order to retain their Championship status. However, Huddersfield Town had other ideas, and Warnock's men condemned Reading to relegation back down to League One with a huge win and return of form against a side which are now officially Premier League.

Next season will be Reading's first in the third tier of English football in over 20 years, a disappointing turn of events for a team that briefly topped the Championship table after winning four of their first six games. Despite being 10th at the start of 2023, Reading's fortunes declined due to mass injuries and a looming transfer embargo, preventing them from strengthening the squad in the January window.

Their form slumped with a 12-game winless run and a six-point deduction by the EFL for breaching the terms of their profit and sustainability plan.

Manager Paul Ince, who had secured Reading's Championship safety the previous season, was sacked after two defeats in five games and the club has since drawn three of their last four matches under interim boss Noel Hunt, but their 10-year stint in the Championship has now officially come to an end.

Life in the 3rd division now looks tricky for Reading with the amount of quality in the squads down in that respective division, but with the ability to now strengthen in summer, hopefully Reading can bounce back.

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