Reading sack manager Brian McDermott | Stats

Reading sack manager Brian McDermott | Stats

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 …

"We've got to believe" Reading appoint Nigel Adkins as new manager

[caption id="attachment_29450" align="alignright" width="300"] Adkins' predecessor, Brian McDermott, accused of not spending enough money in January[/caption] Following the ill-timed dismissal of Brian McDermott just prior to the Royals' trip to Old Trafford almost two weeks ago, Reading have been searching for a new boss to take charge of the clubs desperate fight for Premier League survival. The names of Di Canio, Poyet and even Dick Advocaat have come and gone in the past fortnight and former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins …
Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Spurs secured their first league win of the season under Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) with as comprehensive a 3-1 victory as you are likely to witness in the Premiership this season. The final score line arguably flattered a Reading side who failed to show any sense of urgency during a flat first half and allowed Spurs to take charge of proceedings. With just one away win in their last 11 league games and rumours circulating around AVB being handed a set …
Two games, two systems: Analysing Reading's midfield in August | Stats

Two games, two systems: Analysing Reading's midfield in August | Stats

In Reading’s Championship-winning campaign last season, manager Brian McDermott played a 4-4-2 system in all but two of their 46 League matches. Yet already this season, the Royals manager has employed two very different central midfield formations in order to combat specific opposition. The summer addition of Danny Guthrie has given Reading a new creative influence in the middle of the park, and his effect is noticeable after just 180 minutes of Premier League football. Reading’s first match saw them …
Reading - Shorey and Harte: Left-back or left out?

Reading - Shorey and Harte: Left-back or left out?

Reading’s summer spending seems to have been completed with six signings all looking to push into the side which won the Championship last season. One of the most interesting battles comes at left-back, as former Royal Nicky Shorey has re-signed to challenge Ian Harte for the shirt. Both players have Premier League experience – Harte most famously with Leeds United, Shorey for multiple clubs including Reading, Aston Villa and most recently West Brom. So who is likely to start against …