Boss delighted with his skipper
Brian McDermott has hailed the influence of his captain Jobi McAnuff, and says the skipper’s experience allows him to play in a variety of positions in the Premier League.
The 31-year-old has six assists for the Royals this season, and despite playing much of his career as a winger, has moved to a more central role on a number of occasions in a Reading shirt, including during recent wins over West Brom and Newcastle.
“If you ask everyone at the club about Jobi McAnuff - every player, every staff member – they’ll tell you what he gives us,” said McDermott.
“I saw that a couple of years ago – and now he’s only the second person in a hundred odd years to lift the Championship trophy for Reading F.C. For that he deserves respect. I think Jobi could play anywhere, he can go either way with the ball, he can run with it – and he loves playing there.
“In any game you just try to get the right mix, my philosophy is to try and find a way to win. I’m not 4-4-2, I’m not 4-3-3 – I just trying to find a way to win. That’s what Manchester United do, that’s what you have to do as a manager. I think Jobi has taught us in the last two or three years how to win games.
“People can say whatever, I can’t be responsible for what people say – I can only go by what he gives me, what he gives the staff, what he gives the club. I’m delighted with him.”