Writer: Steve Guscott
Date:Thursday December 17 2009
A short statement was released to announce Brendan Rodgers sacking yesterday and 24 hours later the chairman has broken his silence on the decision, but as usual he hasn't given the fans the full picture.
In an interview with Sky Sports he was firstly asked about the decision to part company with Rodgers and was quick to rule out suggestions of a bust up. After declaring Rodgers one of the nicest guys he has met, he said of any possible row, 'I've never had a arguement with him, ever, and you can take that as gospel.'
He refused to directly criticise the job Rodgers did but made short statements like 'He brought in 7 players. You can speculate all day long but we are where we are.'
When talking about the future and who might be the next manager to take the reigns at the Madejski Stadium, he again said nothing apart from the fact that Brian McDermott is in charge forthwith. He refused to rule out giving him the job on a permanent basis but also ruled out someone else coming in. 'We've got Brian McDermott in the role, he's been with the club 10 years, he's succesfully managed the club in the reserve league and won trophies.'
Of course the question everyone was waiting to hear, about available funds in January, was also glossed over with the usual Madejski bullshit. 'We've got one of the largest squads in the division and some very good players, now is a time for reflection.'
So to summarise, half way through a season with the club sitting just above the relegation zone, we are now going sit and reflect. What is Madejski on about, we have a massive game coming up on Saturday at Bristol City and we are planning to reflect?! Can I suggest that we don't have time for reflection especially with the busiest time of the season approaching. Whilst McDermott is a great servant to this club, I don't have faith in him to take charge for anything other than a few games.
Whilst Rodgers is not totally blameless in this whole episode, the real problems lie at the top and this interview has done nothing to convince me otherwise.
Date:Thursday December 17 2009
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