Royals boss raring to go
A sold out stadium, a return to Premier League action – and a squad champing at the bit ahead of a clash with Newcastle this weekend.
Brian McDermott won’t need much of a team talk come 2.55pm on Saturday afternoon, and the Royals boss told Reading FC Player that a midweek win over Q.P.R has reinvigorated the camp.
“We can’t wait for Saturday,” he told our online TV station.
“The QPR win has given us a great lift as it was a strong performance. We needed that. We got what we needed and we’ll move on to what I think will be a fantastic game on Saturday. I loved the performance against QPR. The previous games we haven’t performed as well, but we want to give our fans something to cheer about and we want them to get behind us.”
The opposition dugout will host a Mr Alan Pardew this weekend – a man who was instrumental in bringing McDermott to Madejski Stadium for the first time, and Reading’s current chief couldn’t speak highly enough of his predecessor.
“He has set up a way of playing and an identity which is something we’ve stuck with over the last 10 or 11 years, both under Steve and myself. He did a great job to get us promoted to the Championship and we look forward to seeing him.
“History’s important and that achievement, that season is part of our history. Maybe none of us would be sitting here if it wasn’t for Jamie Cureton. I’ll never forget the game - I remember we couldn’t stop drawing, we drew about eight or nine on the spin and we left it until the last game of the season which wasn’t good for the nerves – but it was a really important time as we established ourselves in the Championship. The club has really progressed over the last 12 years.
“These are good times at Reading and I for one am enjoying every single moment of it. We have a new generation of supporters to go along with the supporters who have followed us for 20-30 years.”