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Reading skipper Gunter backing under-fire boss Adkins

Reading captain Chris Gunter says sacking manager Nigel Adkins would be a bad mistake by the club. The Royals were beaten 2-1 by Cardiff on Friday and are only three points above the Championship relegation zone.

"What this club doesn't need is to make a decision like that, it would be one of the worst things we could do," Gunter told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"The first thing I would say if there is any talk about the manager is play that tape of the second half," the 25-year-old added.

"There were 10 players on the pitch that were doing everything they could for him, for the fans that travelled and the badge on the shirt.

"The manager has stuck with this club in some dark times over the past 12 months, There are things people don't know."

Gunter said comments from fans on social media calling for the former Scunthorpe and Southampton boss to be sacked should not be taken seriously.

"I was speaking to (Wales team-mate) Aaron Ramsey last week and he was saying how less than 15 months ago he was receiving death threats and messages from Arsenal fans saying, 'I hope you break your other leg'," he added.

"Six months later he is the best player at the club and he's worth £40m, so things like social media you have to take with a pinch of salt."

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