Thursday 14 December 2017

McDermott hails Royals owner

Manager Brian McDermott has thanked owner Anton Zingarevich for his support
Manager Brian McDermott has thanked owner Anton Zingarevich for his support

Reading boss Brian McDermott has hailed his relationship with owner Anton Zingarevich after the Russian publicly supported his manager last week.

Zingarevich took over as the owner at the Madejski Stadium in January and has since seen the club return to the Barclays Premier League. Despite an initial struggle, the Russian offered his support to McDermott ahead of last weekend's victory over Everton, amid speculation he was lining up a big name replacement.

McDermott said: "I get on really well with Anton and I know him well enough, he didn't need to come out and say anything, that was up to him to say whatever he had to say. I've known him since January and we have been very consistent with each other and have a good relationship."

He added: "It wasn't particularly important to me and I don't think it was particularly important for him to say it - but I appreciate the fact he did say it."

The 51-year-old was given the backing of his owner only days before Chelsea's Roman Abramovich sacked Roberto Di Matteo just six months after he delivered the Champions League to Stamford Bridge, but McDermott believes a club's owner has the right to do as he sees fit.

"It is what it is in football, you've seen what happened yesterday, you know the business we are in, I've been in it for 34 years," he said. "The owners are the owners, they are entitled to do whatever they feel is the right thing for their clubs."

The 2-1 win over Everton, the Royals' fist league success of the season, would have helped relieve any remaining pressure on McDermott and has confirmed his belief in his players.

He said: "They (the players) have been competing at this level and have been getting draws but now they have turned those draws into a victory - we've got the first victory, we don't have to sit here talking about the fact we haven't got that victory and now we can move on and look forward.

"They played against a top side, Everton are a top side there are not doubts about that, so it is a really good win for us. It was a great win for us, we needed that."

McDermott has welcomed goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and midfielders Jimmy Kebe and Jem Karacan back to training this week, with Danny Guthrie to return over the weekend as he looks to get a full complement of players fit and ready for a busy December which sees 17th-placed Reading contest seven league games.

Press Association

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