Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Brian: Lower league experiences made me better

Brian: Lower league experiences made me better

Reading manager Brian McDermott has said that managing in the lower leagues of football made him a better manager today.

The 51-year old has made a tremendous rise in the past ten years, managing at the likes of Woking and Slough, before becoming a Premier League manager with Reading. McDermott revealed how he wanted to resign as Slough Town boss back in 1998, but stayed in the job and heaped the benefits from it.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Brian said: "I set up a football in the community scheme for kids in Slough, which I loved, then I became a manager at Slough for a couple of years and at Woking after that. I got sacked at Woking after 18 months, but that`s fine - it`s good to get the sack. I had a tough time at Slough.'

'I was struggling, I couldn't see how I was going to deal with it and I was going to resign, but a good friend of mine told me not to jack it in. He picked up the phone and told me, 'You never resign` - and it was good advice. So the answer to your question is: Don`t resign, just win the next game.'

'They were good times - working at that level gave me a good grounding for where I am now. I think you have to earn the right to become a manager. I think it`s nonsense when you see players turn into managers after a year. They need to learn the trade."


Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Josh
Date:Saturday February 9 2013
Time: 12:00PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

McShane In Team Of The Week (27/9/16)

Reading are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Watson In Team Of The Round (26/9/16)

Reading are represented in the latest League Cup team of the round that has been selected after this week's action.

Football League Rule Out B Teams (23/9/16)

The Football League, or EFL for those who like pointless rebrands, have now compiled the initial responses from the 72 clubs under their umbrella...

Barnsley 1-2 Reading

Reading continued their unbeaten run with a great victory at Barnsley on Saturday.

The first was the best since this time last year with quick passing and some wonderful moves.

Reading

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

thurlow97
Editor email
Profile
Josh
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What Striker do you want to see here?
Suggested By:
Dom Solanke10%
Lewis Grabban8%
Jamie Mackie10%
Carlton Cole 7%
Nahki Wells65%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 10 7 1 2 22 5
2 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
3 Brighton 10 5 3 2 18 6
4 Brentford 10 5 2 3 17 9
5 Bristol City 10 5 2 3 17 6
6 Birmingham 10 4 5 1 17 4
7 Sheff Wed 10 5 2 3 17 0
8 Reading 10 5 2 3 17 -3
9 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
10 Barnsley 10 5 1 4 16 6
11 Wolves 10 4 3 3 15 2
12 Fulham 10 3 5 2 14 -2
13 Ipswich 10 3 4 3 13 0
14 Leeds Utd 10 4 1 5 13 -2
15 Forest 10 3 3 4 12 -2
16 Q.P.R. 10 3 3 4 12 -4
17 Aston Villa 10 1 7 2 10 0
18 Burton 10 2 4 4 10 -2
19 Preston 10 3 1 6 10 -4
20 Derby County 10 2 3 5 9 -4
21 Wigan 10 2 2 6 8 -2
22 Blackburn 10 2 2 6 8 -7
23 Cardiff 10 2 2 6 8 -9
24 Rotherham 10 1 3 6 6 -13
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 8:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 25 2016 7:45PM : Arsenal (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship