Saints showed no respect - McDermott

Reading manager Brian McDermott has criticised Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese over the sacking of Nigel Adkins.

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Nigel Adkins: Shown the door at St Mary&

Nigel Adkins: Shown the door at St Mary&

Adkins led Saints to two successive promotions and had guided the club out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone recently, but he was fired nine days ago and replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.

Having also taken his team up to the top flight last summer, McDermott

knows how difficult managing a newly-promoted side can be.

The Royals boss, like Adkins, endured a tricky start to the season, but as has been the case with Saints, Reading have now seemingly turned a corner following an improvement in form.

McDermott has been thankful that the Reading owner Anton Zingarevich has kept faith with him through the club's rocky period and poured scorn on Cortese's treatment of Adkins, whose name was absent from Southampton's matchday programme for Pochettino's first game in charge against Everton.

"What I thought was sad was what Nigel Adkins has done for Southampton wasn't even mentioned in that programme at the Everton game. Let's have a bit of respect. That's not right," the Reading manager said.

"That's not right and proper. What he has done for that club has been phenomenal.

"What I find fascinating about owners is that managers who lose games start to learn. They pick up a few points. Then they are sacked. It doesn't make any sense to me.

"For me, you learn from experience. Nigel struggled at the start of the season. Then he loses two games in 12 and gets the sack.

"It doesn't seem like the right thing to do."

McDermott has grown close to Adkins over the last few years and he hopes the former Scunthorpe boss gets another shot at the big time soon.

"Nigel has earned the right to do so," McDermott added.

"No one can pick and choose their jobs in management - but he has been a fantastic manager at Scunthorpe and Southampton."

Reading took a break from their relegation battle to inflict a 4-0 defeat on Sheffield United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Noel Hunt bagged a brace on a rare start while Garath McCleary and Mikele Leigertwood also found the net.

McDermott has led the Royals to two quarter-final appearances in the last three years and he hopes his team can go one better this term.

"There's a buzz around the place at the moment and that comes from winning games," McDermott said.

"If we can win another game we're in the quarter finals - and we've been there before and we'll try and go one further again.

"The only thing that mattered was going through."


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