Madejski: McDermott axe right

Reading chairman Sir John Madejski believes it was the right

decision to sack Brian McDermott, despite the club’s impending


McDermott was axed in March with just nine games remaining

following a dismal run of results that left the club joint-bottom

of the Premier League.

The club has taken a lone point under new boss Nigel Adkins and

languishes 10 points from safety with just four games to go but

Madejski insists owner Anton Zingarevich made the right call.

“Anton is football mad but it wasn’t a spur of the moment

thing,” Madejski told Reading’s official website.

“Everybody knows it’s all about winning. If managers don’t win

they can expect to leave in spite of any previous record; it’s why

they get paid good money.

“I’m very happy with Nigel Adkins, he’s very enthusiastic and

motivating and I’m delighted Anton owns the club because it’s not

for the faint-hearted.”

On Reading’s perilous position, he added: “It’s not over until

the fat lady sings and she’s not singing just yet.

“Of course it would take something very special indeed for us

not to be playing in the Championship next season.

“Funny things happen in football and if I don’t have the belief

as Chairman then how can I expect anyone else to have it? So I’d

never condemn Reading until anything is confirmed.”