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Brian on January window

15 December 2012

Royals boss talks transfers

Brian McDermott spoke in his pre-match press conference about the club's transfer policy ahead of the January window...

On taking a sensible approach…

“We have been a sensible club, punching above our weight for a long, long time. The budget we had last year we won the Championship with. West Ham went up, Southampton went up, but look at all those clubs down in the Championship with bigger budgets. I think that there’s a lot to be said for that.

Look at what happened at Portsmouth, what happened at Leeds. What happened at Cardiff to a point a few years ago. Clubs nearly go out of business. It’s not going to happen here, we won’t let that happen. Because the club is too important. This club has been here since 1871. This club is too important.

On transfer targets….

“You see them – but whether you can get them, that’s a different story. You’re obviously in a situation where we’re down where we are and it’s whether they want to come, whether we can afford them – and everything that goes with it.”

On the transfer budget…

“The club sets the budget, it’s never any different. I always get a budget and we work to the budget that’s it, that’s how it works. The club will get a budget for the January window and we’ll work on that. I’m never going to tell someone to go and spend a load of money. It’s someone else’s money, so I will say ‘this is what we’ve got to work with – we’ll work with it’. The owner is on the same page, the chairman is on the same page – we’re all working in the same direction. We’re all trying to get to where we have to get to. We did last year, we won the Championship. This year it’s obvious what our objectives are.”

On moving forward…

"Staying in the Premier League for us is massively important, of course it is. Even spending a lot of money doesn’t guarantee anything. You can’t guarantee anything by spending 20, 30 million quid. It would be good to get two or three lads in that have played at the level, know the level – have that nous. That isn’t cheap. If we can do that, and we can do it within a budget, then great. But obviously for us, I want to be a Premier League manager this time next year. We want to be a Premier League football club. It’s massive to us. 

People talk about my position because we’ve won one game. I completely understand that. I don’t go home at night feeling great about myself, because we’re not winning games. Generally over the last three years we’ve won a lot of games. Our record is good, but all I do is constantly focus on what I can do in the next game. That’s what I did last year, that’s what I do now."

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