The footballing world was left in shock when on Monday as a statement was released confirming manager Brian McDermott’s departure from Reading FC.

McDermott’s dismissal came following a run of four straight Premier League defeats with the Royals sitting in 19th position and four points adrift of safety.

However, despite the clubs lowly position and poor recent run, many believe this is not a true reflection of the hard work McDermott contributed to the relegation threatened club. Under McDermott’s guidance the Royals gained promotion to the Premier League as unlikely Champions of England’s 2nd tier, which in its self was a tremendous achievement, one that perhaps has been overlooked.

McDermott’s Reading squad embarked on the Premier League as arguably the weakest squad in the competition and certainly the lowest spenders. Yet in spite of this McDermott was able to achieve notable victories over Everton and Newcastle in the league and achieved an impressive run of four straight wins in the league and FA Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson, having famously telephoned McDermott back in November to offer him advice is just as shocked as many pundits and supporters alike this week.

Ferguson said: "The timing is surprising.

"If a new manager comes along, they can't buy anyone. What he has got he has got.

"If they had done it in December or January maybe I would have understood it because it would have given a new manager time to bring players in during the window.

"He spent something like £1.2million and £7.4million has come in, so financially he has been successful.

"He also got them promoted to the Premier League. I don't know what more you can do.

"He was manager of the month in January - I hope I am not manager of the month this month."


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