McDermott won't demand funds

Brian McDermott has insisted he will take a sensible approach to the January transfer window and will not put pressure on Reading owner Anton Zingarevich to spend a lot of money.

Last Updated: 17/12/12 at 11:17 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: Says the most important thing is Reading's long-term future

Brian McDermott: Says the most important thing is Reading's long-term future

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Royals are bottom of the Premier League ahead of Monday's game at home to Arsenal, having collected just nine points from their opening 16 fixtures.

However, McDermott believes it would be wrong for Reading to try and buy their way of trouble and says the priority is the club's long-term future.

"The club sets the budget and I work to it. We have been a sensible club punching above our weight for a long time. There is a lot to be said for that," McDermott said in the Reading Post.

"Look at what happens at Portsmouth and Leeds, clubs who nearly went out of business.

"The most important thing for me is the club. We are much better off than we were a year ago. I will never tell anyone to spend a load of money.

"We are trying to be as sensible as we can to make sure this club is still here in the future.

"I have absolutely no doubt other clubs will go the same way as Portsmouth and I won't let it happen here. Spending a lot of money does not guarantee anything.

"In the summer we did not really invest, possibly we should have done more. January is never an easy window. I will have a chat with the owner when he comes across, and I will see who is available. We have always had a sensible approach to transfers. We have never spent a lot of money."

While Reading are in desperate need of points in their battle to beat the drop, Monday's game is also huge for Arsenal following a difficult start to the season.

The Gunners are eighth in the standings and Arsene Wenger has come under pressure, but McDermott does not believe they are in a bad situation.

"Arsenal is a massive club and well run financially," he said. "I cannot see them being in crisis.

"They generally come good at the back end of the season. I have always kept a close eye on how Arsenal are doing because I was there eight years (as a player) and they taught me a lot.

"Historically Arsenal are in the top three or four every season."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

Footer 365

Bomb threat confirmed on FIFA election day in Zurich

A bomb threat and a political protest have disrupted FIFA's congress on the day Sepp Blatter's critics hope will signal his exit.

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in three years' time.

Sepp Blatter vs Prince Ali: FIFA election explained

Will Sepp Blatter see off Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein? We explain how Friday's presidential vote works...

Mail Box

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company