The Madejski Stadium

Next Game

Reading v Norwich

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Amex Stadium

Last Game

Brighton 2 - 2 Reading

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McDermott: Emotional return

Brian McDermott has admitted it will be an emotional affair when he takes his Leeds side to his old club Reading in the Championship tonight.

Last Updated: 18/09/13 at 19:53 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Says Reading game will be special for him

Brian McDermott: Says Reading game will be special for him

McDermott spent almost 13 years at Reading after initially joining the club as chief scout to Alan Pardew in 2000.

He took over as manager in December 2009 when Brendan Rodgers departed and spent almost three-and-a-half years in charge, guiding them to promotion to the Premier League in 2012.

He revealed his return to the Madjeski Stadium would be a special occasion and feels he can be proud of what he accomplished while at the club.

"It would be wrong of me to say that this game does not mean a lot to me, of course it does," he said.

"I spent such a large part of my football career at this football club [Reading] and the supporters were really good to me.

"The people around the club were really good to me and I did the best I could at the football club, day in and day out every day, so my conscience is clear as far as that is concerned and I think I made them a lot of money."

Current Reading manager Nigel Adkins is confident McDermott will get a good reception on his return and revealed his surprise when he first learned of his departure.

"He should get a good round of applause and a good welcome back to the Madejski Stadium," said Adkins.

"What he did here at Reading Football Club was phenomenal. He was a great servant and spent many, many years here.

"Obviously to get the club promoted into the Premier League was fantastic and I was shocked as anybody when I saw Brian's departure."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property