Former Reading manager Mick Gooding says he was shocked by the departure of Brendan Rodgers from the club.Rodgers left Reading by mutual consent after just over six months in charge. [LNB]Gooding told BBC Berkshire: "He took over a club that have had a big shift in policy - Brendan knew this when he took over. [LNB]"He was left with a young inexperienced squad. He has had some money to bring people in but I was still really surprised when he was sacked." [LNB]Gooding, summariser on BBC Radio Berkshire for Reading matches, added: "I said at the start of the season if Reading finish mid-table I would have thought Brendan did a fantastic job.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "It's unbelievable. If you lose all your best players - you are bound to struggle. [LNB]"I know that the fans had higher expectations then I did at the start of the season, just purely because there has been so many of the top players that have left. [LNB]"I don't care who took over it was always going to be a tough job. [LNB]"Brendan will be bitterly disappointed. I know that Brendan has asked for certain things and not been given them. [LNB]"If you appoint a manager you need to back your manager. You need to back him 100% or change - and they have not backed him." [LNB]Gooding, who was in charge with Jimmy Quinn at Reading between 1994 and 1997, said he was not expecting a call from chairman Sir John Madejski. [LNB]"I've had my time, there is no way in the world I see myself going back to the football club," he said. [LNB]"I would love an opportunity to be back at Reading Football Club, but I know from the experience I have had that it won't happen."