Sunday, 22 July 2018

Return of the Mac: McDermott returns

READING will unveil Brian McDermott as their manager for the second time this afternoon (Thursday)

READING will unveil Brian McDermott as their manager for the second time this afternoon (Thursday).

The 54-year-old will replace Steve Clarke at the Madejski Stadium who was sacked two weeks ago.

McDermott guided the Royals to Premier League promotion in 2012, which included a run of 15 wins from 17 games.

But he left the club in March 2013 with the club in the Premier League relegation zone.

The Royals failed to survive in the top flight and have remained in the Championship ever since.

McDermott went on to have a spell in charge of Leeds United before working as a scout at Arsenal.

The role at Reading has been vacant since Steve Clarke, the former West Brom manager and Chelsea assistant, was shown the exit after a year in charge.

The Scot, who had turned down the chance to take over Fulham in November, presided over 53 games, winning 19, drawing 14 and losing 20.

Reading?s under-21s manager Martin Kuhl was handed first-team management duties for the intervening period, which saw two defeats.

The Royals conceded a last-minute goal as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Hull City last night (Wednesday). Nick Blackman opened the scoring for Reading but second-half strikes from Abel Hernandez and Jake Livermore sealed the points for the hosts.

The visitors were also hit by several injuries. Left-back Andrew Taylor came off after 52 minutes, having been caught in the ribs, and centre-back Anton Ferdinand was replaced on 65 minutes after feeling a sharp pain in his groin.

Meanwhile, defender Chris Gunter suffered a cut to his eye that saw him taken to hospital after the game.

Kuhl said: ?I thought the shift the lads put in was fantastic. They played some good football, created some good chances and scored a nice goal.

?The endeavour, the commitment and the togetherness was good, but the players are disappointed.

?If we?d have left here with a point then fantastic, but it hasn?t happened. We have to move on.?

McDermott?s first game in charge will be against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off at 3pm).

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