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"Jobi could play anywhere"

25 January 2013

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.”

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