Premier League strugglers Reading have sacked manager Brian McDermott after a disappointing home defeat to Aston Villa.
Losing last weekend at the Madejski Stadium to Villa marked the 4th defeat in a row in the Premier League and has left the Royals 4 points adrift of safety. It would seem the powers that be within the club have decided enough was enough and a major clear out needed; starting with the man in charge.
A short statement has been released on the official Reading FC website addressing the situation regarding McDermott:
[quote]Reading Football Club has announced today the departure of Manager Brian McDermott.[/quote]
Owner Anton Zingarevich wishes to place on record his thanks to Brian who had achieved great success with the club since taking over as Manager in December 2009.
Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season. However, in our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary.
[quote]The search for a successor will start immediately and it is hoped that a new manager will be in place as soon as possible to lead the fight against potential relegation.[/quote]
There are rumours already circulating that McDermott is distraught at the decision, as he has long been involved with the football club. McDermott joined as a chief scout back in the year 2000 but in 2009, was made caretaker manager before being named the full-time man in charge a year later. Last season he led the Royals into the top flight of English football.
McDermott clearly found it tough to attract quality names to the Berkshire club over the summer as he was not given anywhere near the sort of funds other relegation-threatened clubs have been able to spend. The signings he did make however, have largely struggled. Daniel Carrico was brought in with a fairly decent pedigree having arrived from Sporting Lisbon but has only managed one appearance for the club. Other arrivals such as Hope Akpan, Nick Blackman and Stephen Kelly have failed to nail down regular spots in the starting XI.
Reading face daunting tasks in their next two Premier League fixtures. First, they will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United this weekend and they then have to take on Champions League chasing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Paolo Di Canio and Nigel Adkins are the early favourites to succeed McDermott as manager of the Berkshire club.