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Brian: How far we've come

13 November 2012

Manager reflects on past decade

Royals boss Brian McDermott says our upcoming home fixtures against Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal show just how far the club has come in the Madejski Stadium era.

As we prepare to take on three of the biggest sides in England, Brian commented, "Somebody said to me it doesn't get any easier because it's Everton next, but for me it doesn't get much better.

"If you think about it, Everton come here with a top manager, a top side. These are great times for Reading, and then it's Manchester United and Arsenal at home after that."

The Toffees are Reading's opponents at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday, while Manchester United come to town on 1st December, before Arsenal return to RG2 a couple of weeks later.

The club had to wait over 50 years to play United between FA Cup ties in 1955 and 1996 - and then saw another decade pass until the Royals earned the right to face the Red Devils in the Premier League.

As McDermott approaches three years in charge of Reading, the manager philosophically looked back the club's recent success and believes it's a great time to be a Royals supporter.

"As a club we've had a fantastic ten or eleven years, we want to do the best for our fans in every game, it's a good time to be a Reading supporter.

"Three years ago we were right at the bottom looking like we might go to League One and it's important to remember that, how far this club has come."

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