Reading sack manager Brian McDermott in the battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League.
Reading FC have parted ways with their manager Brian McDermott, with the club flirting with the relegation zone.
The Royals lost a proverbial six pointer to Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday to leave them 19th in the table – just a point ahead of bottom club QPR.
They had been beaten in each of their last four games, and though it was not their worst run of the season, with seven consecutive losses between November 24th – December 22nd, the club owners clearly felt it was time to make the change.
For Reading’s players, this will come as a wake up call. They had won three of their four matches matches prior to their four recent losses, and it goes to show how quickly things can turn around.
With the team’s top flight status on the line, Reading’s owners will hope that a fresh start under a new boss will give them the boost they need to escape from the relegation zone.
Currently just four points from safety, Reading still have very realistic hopes of beating the drop.
Reading’s full club statement is below:
Reading Football Club has announced today the departure of Manager Brian McDermott. Owner Anton Zingarevich wishes to place on record his thanks to Brian who had achieved great success with the club since taking over as Manager in December 2009.
Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season. However, in our current situation, owner Anton Zingarevich felt that a change was necessary.
The search for a successor will start immediately and it is hoped that a new Manager will be in place as soon as possible to lead the fight against potential relegation.
It is not known if Reading have already lined up a replacement for Brian McDermott as first team manager.