McDermott appointed Leeds manager

Leeds United have appointed Brian McDermott as manager on a three year contract, who will replace caretaker Neil Redfearn.  McDermott will inherit a side that currently sits in seventeenth place in the English Championship, and have lost all of their last four matches.  The Englishman takes over Leeds less than two weeks after Neil Warnock left Elland Road, and will have to engage in a relegation battle, which Leeds now sit in.

“We are delighted to have appointed Brian as our manager,” said the Leeds director David Haigh in a statement. “He is a man with a proven track record of success and shares our vision of the best way to return long-term and sustainable success to this great football club. Continue reading

Nigel Adkins replaces Brian McDermott as Reading manager

Reading have announced that former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins will replace Brain McDermott as manager. The forty-eight-year-old has signed a contract that runs until the summer of 2016, and will take hold of a Reading side that is currently in nineteenth place in the English Premier League. Adkins was surprisingly sacked as the Southampton in January after earning back-to-back promotions, and after a two month absence from football, he has joined Reading.

“I am delighted to bring Nigel to our club because he is perfect for us,” Reading owner Anton Zingarevich said.

Adkins has also expressed his joy at joining Reading. “I am pleased to be the Reading manager,” he said. “We Will take it one game at a time and try to keep this club in the Premier League. It’s a good club, I’ve been impressed with them and I’ve always known what sort of club it is. We’re in the Premier League and we want to stay there. I am excited.”

Adkins’ job is to get Reading out of the relegation zone, and the club are currently in nineteenth place in the Premier League, seven points from safety. The Englishman’s old club Southampton are in sixteenth place, so the appointment is a slight downgrade for him. Reading will have a tough time staying in the Premier League, and the way things stand they are set to be relegated along with Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic.

Brian McDermott sacked as Reading manager

Brian McDermott has been sacked as manager of English Premier League side Reading only thirty-three days after winning the  Premier League manager of the month award.  The fifty-one-year-old and his side won multiple important games in January (including a draw against Chelsea and wins against Newcastle and West Brom) which earned him the award, but have since been on catastrophic form losing their last five games.  During that losing run they scored four goals and allowed twelve, and after their 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday it seemed inevitable that he would get sacked, and it was announced on Reading’s official website that he was fired on Monday morning.

“Reading Football Club has announced today the departure of manager Brian McDermott,” a statement on their website read.

“Owner Anton Zingarevich wishes to place on record his thanks to Brian, who had achieved great success with the club since taking over as manager in December 2009.

“Brian gained promotion to the Barclays Premier League last year for only the second time in the club’s history thanks to a remarkable run at the end of last season.

“However, in our current situation, Anton Zingarevich felt a change was necessary.”

The Englishman took over as manager in December 2009 and won Reading promotion from the English Championship last year.  He is the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked so far this season, along with Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo, Queens Park Rangers’s Mark Hughes, and Southampton’s Nigel Adkins.  Reading’s assistant coach Nigel Gibbs has also been sacked and the academy head Eamonn Dolan is temporarily in charge.  McDermott’s potential successors include Dick Advocaat former Netherlands coach and Nigel Adkins who was sacked by Southampton in January.