McDermott: Bookies are right
Reading manager Brian McDermott says he understands why he is
favourite to become the next Premier League boss to be sacked.
The Royals are second from bottom in the table after winning
just one match this season and they host Arsenal at the Madejski
Stadium on Monday.
After their 3-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Sunderland on
Tuesday, McDermott replaced Martin O’Neill as the bookies favourite
to become the third Premier League managed to be dismissed,
following Mark Hughes and Roberto Di Matteo.
“People talk about my job and I understand that. I don’t go home
at night feeling great about myself because we’re not winning
games,” McDermott said.
“I’m favourite to go first, we all know that. Sixteen games ago
I’d have been 50-1, now I’m 7-4. That’s how it works in football
and I completely understand because it’s a results-driven
“Generally over the last three years we’ve won a lot of games
and our record is good, but all I do is focus on what I can do.
We’re not winning but we’re trying to win.”
McDermott has been given full the backing of owner Anton
Zingarevich and chairman John Madejski, who earlier this week
described speculation that his job is under threat as “totally
“The chairman has been very supportive, as has Anton. Anton was
very supportive after the Sunderland game, he knows what the
situation is,” McDermott said.
“The chairman has been supportive for the 12 years I’ve been
here. He’s been terrific for this club.”