There is a lot of optimism surrounding the Riverside currently and a lot of that can be put down to their manager. Chris Wilder joined Boro last season after the sacking of Neil Warnock and he improved their fortunes by taking them from 15th to narrowly missing out on a play-off spot in seventh place.
Wilder simply has had success everywhere he’s been, with constant improvement at a budget-stricken Oxford, to a promotion with Northampton and a double promotion with his beloved Sheffield United.
Meanwhile, Reading fans are at the other end of the spectrum in terms of optimism. Paul Ince won four of his 14 games in charge of the Royals last season but has been given the permanent role despite not managing elsewhere since 2014.
They’ve lost key players in John Swift, Josh Laurent, Andy Rinomhota and Michael Morrison in the summer transfer window with Lucas Joao also looking unlikely to stay.