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McDermott Gets Shock Sacking After Five Months

27 May 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Brian McDermott has, again, been bizarrely sacked as manager of Reading Football Club. In a surprise short statement this morning, that really come from nowhere, the club confirmed that McDermott had been "relieved of his duties". Reading seem to be a club in turmoil, dispensing of Brian's services after such a short space of time when he had been given no opportunity to make an impression after his return to the club. Brian McDermott will remain a well respected man repeatedly treated incredibly poorly by Reading Football Club.

McDermott returned to Reading after a very successful spell between 2009 and 2013 that saw him guide the Royals into the Premier League against the odds. After Reading hit a poor run of form at the end of last year McDermott made a welcome return. McDermott gave up a long term scouting role at Arsenal to take on a clearly risky employment with the Royals - something he will probably regret unless he is able to now make a return to the Gunners.

He was unable to turn our fortunes around, since arriving in December 2015, and his record for his second stint in charge will read 13 defeats, 8 draws, and just 9 victories from his 30 matches in charge. Reading finished the season in very poor form, clocking up just a single league point from their last seven fixtures.

After the recent departure of director of football Nicky Hammond, another long term Reading man, the Royals have a serious lack of stable structure. Our Thai owners clearly have no concept of either loyalty or the correct expectations given the level of investment made in permanent playing staff over recent seasons.

The club statement in full:
After careful consideration, the board of Reading Football Club have taken the difficult decision to relieve Manager Brian McDermott of his duties.

We would like to sincerely thank Brian for all his hard work since his return to the club in December 2015 and wish him well in his future career.

The board of Reading Football Club will now undertake a rigorous recruitment process over the next few weeks to identify the right man to lead this club forward and into the 2016-17 season. The club will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course.


Discussion On This Story:


» 27 May 2016 11:42


Do the owners have any idea what they are doing?


» 27 May 2016 11:43



» 27 May 2016 11:43

Brian has done rubbish since he came back, admittedly. BUT THIS IS TOTALLY TOTALLY UNFAIR. I am revolted.


» 27 May 2016 11:45

Utterly , Utterly ridiculous. 5 months to turn round a ship that was already faltering, what did they expect.

Whatever your thoughts on Brian's abilities, this actions shows Reading FC is no longer a football club to admire for at's attitude and approach.

IF and it is a big IF they get a lot of success then many fans will forgive and forget and will be happy, And yes i know its football.

But at the moment I cant help but think that today a part of the club died.

 Silver Fox

» 27 May 2016 11:45

What a load of shit

But I'm happy for Brian that he no longer has to put up with the guff our "fans " spout about him

 10539.4 Miles Away

» 27 May 2016 11:45

LOLWUT? Where did this come from!

 Winston Smith

» 27 May 2016 11:46

jesus christ, what a joke of a decision.

we really have turned into a mickey mouse club


» 27 May 2016 11:46

Disgraceful decision. He was never given a chance.


» 27 May 2016 11:46

If the majority of people on here can take their personal love for McD out of the equation then there is no reason why this can't be a positive move and step forward for the club rather than a step back like the one the club took in bringing him back in the first place.


» 27 May 2016 11:46

Sorry but this is an absolute ******* joke of a club. Rapidly becoming the Leeds United of the south.

What the hell is the point if getting rid of BM after only a few months esecially as money is supposedly next to non existent so you have yet another payout to make.

Un - ****** - believable, words completely fail me.

Are we going to appoint Tevreden now as manager?

I can only presume that Denis Bergkamp or Jaap Stam are waiting in the wings to take immediate control otherwise we're going to have another wasted summer

Way to go Reading, how to make things as difficult as possible for youselves.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 27 May 2016 11:47

Complete fcuking joke.



» 27 May 2016 11:48

Beyond belief. WTF is happening to my Club? :(

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