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Brian: Anton's great support

4 November 2012

Manager on owner

Royals boss Brian McDermott has spoken of Anton Zingarevich's passion for the Royals and his unwavering support for the staff and players.

Anton had an extended stay in Berkshire last week, taking in the Fulham and Arsenal games as well as being invited into team meetings and catching up with the manager in a London pub on Wednesday.

Asked in his pre-match press conference on Friday about Anton's support, Brian said, "He's interested in everything we do, he speaks to Nick a lot, he loves watching football and talks about players who are out there that we might be able to get. He's part of it, he's a young guy who loves watching games.

"In February this year I signed a new deal and he said to me I was the bloke he wanted as his manager. That was important to me, I wouldn't have signed that deal if I felt otherwise. 

"He was good, really good [after the Arsenal result]. Directly after the game he came downstairs and was very supportive, he rang me Wednesday and asked me to meet him in London, so we sat and had a drink in a local pub. People in general weren't talking about diving or referees or anything else, just football, and it's what the game in this country needed. We have a great product in this country and we can't take it for granted.

"He was in a team meeting with us last week and knows what we're about. He's known us since January now, obviously we want more points on the board and he knows everyone's giving everything, players, staff and supporters. He's new to this business, he's seen his club get promotion and he's now seen us compete against Chelsea, Arsenal, he loves his team, he absolutely loves it.

"His view in January was that we didn't need to go up last season, maybe have a real go this season. I said to him, I'm 50 years old and I want to go up, I was impatient. He sees it maybe a year in advance and now we're here we want to do what we have to do."

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