Reading caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan was back in charge of the club's U12s on Sunday.
Dolan was on the touchline at Manchester United for Saturday's defeat.
Although the Royals are now seven points from safety, the 45-year-old Dolan said: "It is easy being a manager compared to an academy manager.
"It will be a lot more stressful if our Under 12s are not passing the ball and I am thinking who is going to come through. That is the way I could lose my job. With the first-team, everyone gets time off during the international break.
"It doesn't work like that in the academy. We are a serious club. I go and watch kids from between nine and 15 at Hogwood."