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Reading boss Brian McDermott bemoans lack of summer spending

We didn't spend enough! Reading boss McDermott bemoans lack of summer spree

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 14 December 2012

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich did not invest enough in the summer, according to manager Brian McDermott.

The Russian took over the club in May and had the summer to provide funds to prepare them for a return to the Premier League for the first time in four season. But McDermott only spent 5million on defenders Adrian Mariappa and Chris Gunter who both cost 2.5m.

The 51-year-old also took on five players signed for free – including Danny Guthrie and Pavel Pogrebnyak on big wages.

I need money! McDermott wants financial backing in the January transfer window

I need money! McDermott wants financial backing in the January transfer window

But following Reading's dire start to the season, with only one win in the league and sitting second-from-bottom, six points from safety, McDermott is unsure if they spent enough.

He said: 'In the summer time we didn't really invest, possibly we should have done more. We have to find available players that have played and know the level. It's really important. January's coming so we'll see what happens. We've always had a sensible approach to transfers, never spent money particularly.'

Only 17 days before the January transfer window opens the Reading boss is still unsure of the budget he has to spend.

Reading have won just one game this season and are in danger of an immediate return to the Championship

Reading have won just one game this season and are in danger of an immediate return to the Championship

He is seeking talks with Zingarevich when he is next in the country to discuss plans to improve the squad but admitted there are many factors that will make it difficult to get the players they need.

He added: 'January is never an easy window but I'm going to have a conversation with the owner when he comes across, see where we are, and see who we can get from who's available. My feeling is if you can find two or three players with Premier League experience I think we need to do that. But they're never cheap.

'Whether you can get them is a different story. We're in a situation where we're down where we are.'

Danny Guthrie apologises to Reading staff and players for refusing to travel to Sunderland

Guthrie apologises to Reading staff and players for refusing to travel to Sunderland

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 14 December 2012

Danny Guthrie has apologised for refusing to travel to Sunderland on Tuesday in front of the whole group of Reading staff and players.

It could be an act that has saved his Reading career following three run-ins with McDermott in only six months at the club.

Yesterday ahead of training the Royals boss had not spoken to Guthrie and refused to guarantee his future at the club.

Saying sorry: Danny Guthrie has apologised for refusing to travel to Sunderland

Saying sorry: Danny Guthrie has apologised for refusing to travel to Sunderland

Three days after his refusal to travel to Sunderland, in a crucial match Reading lost 3-0, McDermott was still waiting for Guthrie to approach him to discuss the incident.

The 51-year-old said: 'I'm sure he'll want to talk to me but we'll see. I've got 20-odd players in the squad and I'm focussed on them and the game we've got coming up [against Arsenal].'

But Guthrie then asked his manager to let him speak in front of the entire group before training at their Hogwood Park training ground.

Struggling: Brian McDermott sees his Reading side in the bottom three

Struggling: Brian McDermott sees his Reading side in the bottom three

And McDermott said: 'Importantly, we can all put this to bed now. Every person in life makes mistakes and Danny apologised to all of his teammates and the staff in a group meeting today.

'It took a lot of courage for him to do that and he deserves respect for his reaction. Now myself, the players and staff will all move on. We have 22 games ahead of us and together as one unit we can achieve our goals for Reading Football Club and for you the supporters.'

Pavel Pogrebnyak plans talks with Reading owner

Problems mount for McDermott as unsettled Pogrebnyak plans talks with Reading owner

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 13 December 2012

Reading's return to the Premier League is starting to unravel.

Manager Brian McDermott spent
modestly in the summer, only buying two players totalling 5million and
bringing five others in for free following their promotion as
Championship winners.

But almost half-way through the
season they are already six points adrift of 18th place, have only one
league win all season and five losses in their last five matches.

Poor return: Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored just two goals this season

Poor return: Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored just two goals this season

And the futures of two of the players brought in this summer on big wages to help form a core to their side are now in doubt.

Danny Guthrie is reported to be on 20,000 per week but in six months has been at the centre of three major incidents. Twice he reacted badly to being left out of the first team and on Tuesday, having recovered from a thigh injury, would not travel to Sunderland.

McDermott yesterday refused to guarantee his future at the club. He is yet to speak to the midfielder and said he will not be arranging a meeting with the player – it is up to Guthrie to approach him.

The 51-year-old said: 'I'm sure he'll want to talk to me but we'll see. I've got 20-odd players in the squad and I'm focussed on them and the game we've got coming up [against Arsenal].

'I don't think anything in football is untenable, there's always a way back, and the way back for him would be to train to the best of his ability, get himself in the team, play well, win games and then the fans can forgive an awful lot.'

Under pressure: Manager Brian McDermott

Under pressure: Manager Brian McDermott

Reading broke their wage structure to beat Fulham to Pavel Pogrebnyak's signature. They pay him 30,000 per week. The striker scored six Premier League goals in 12 games for Fulham on loan for the second half of last season.

But he has managed only two league goals in 11 appearances this campaign and speaking to Russian media channels Pogrebnyak cast doubt about his future at the club.

The 29-year-old said: 'What's going on I'm not ready to answer this question. I am yet to discuss the issue with the team's owner Anton Zingarevich, but this is probably necessary. After the defeat to Southampton the situation in the struggle for survival is complicated.'

McDermott is targeting players with Premier League experience in January to help Reading survive. But he is going to have to chose more wisely than he did over the summer.

They have four games against teams in the top eight before the window even opens – and need to drastically improve their form to avoid becoming entangled in a relegation battle almost impossible to win

Danny Guthrie fined two-weeks wages following no-show at Sunderland

Reading midfielder Guthrie fined two weeks' wages after showdown talks following no-show at Sunderland

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 12 December 2012

Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie has been fined two weeks' wages after refusing to make the 600-mile round trip to face Sunderland last night.

The former Newcastle player, who is believed to earn 20,000-a-week was hauled in for showdown talks with manager Brian McDermott.

Two hundred and twenty-seven Reading supporters made the journey north, many of whom had to take a day off work but Guthrie said he was not in the right mental state to face a return to the North East.

Not on the bus: Reading's Danny Guthrie (left) did not make the trip to Wearside

Not on the bus: Reading's Danny Guthrie (left) did not make the trip to Wearside

Reading lost 3-0 on Wearside and
afterwards McDermott was unable to hide his disappointment over the
absence of the 25-year-old, who has only played five games for the
Premier League strugglers since his summer move from St James’s Park on a
free transfer.

Guthrie did send a text message to
his manager on Monday night apologising for his refusal to face
Sunderland and the pair will meet today to clear the air ahead of
Reading’s clash with Arsenal this weekend.

McDermott said: 'Danny
Guthrie made a decision that his head wasn’t right to travel. Everybody
has got to be going in the same direction. You have to put yourself in a
position to be selection. His words were that his head isn’t right.

'Was I disappointed He would have
been traveling. Any player has to be part of what we’re about. We can’t
deviate from that. We have to be pulling in the same direction. This is
probably not a conversation for this evening, but it is something we
need to address in the week.'

McDermott meanwhile is hoping owner Anton Zingarevich will invest in new players during next month’s transfer window.

The Reading manager, who dismissed
claims he is facing the sack, has admitted his squad are being stretched
by an injury crisis which forced him to make further changes at
Sunderland last night.

But he is urging Zingarevich to help recruit new blood.

Chin up: Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their fifth straight defeat

Chin up: Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their fifth straight defeat

McDermott said: 'We didn’t invest in
the summer. We all know January is a difficult month and it will be down
to the owner to see where we’re at.

'We’re in such a strong position
financially whatever happens. We want to get out of this and we have to
do everything in our power to do that. My view is that we’ve got to do
what we’ve got to do. We have a choice.'

On target: The returning Steven Fletcher hit Sunderland's second at the Stadium of Light

On target: The returning Steven Fletcher hit Sunderland's second at the Stadium of Light

Danny Guthrie did not travel to Sunderland as Reading midfielder"s "head wasn"t right", reveals Brian McDermott

Guthrie did not travel to Sunderland as Reading midfielder's 'head wasn't right', reveals McDermott

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 11 December 2012

Reading boss Brian McDermott revealed that midfielder Danny Guthrie refused to play in the 3-0 defeat at Sunderland because 'his head wasn't right to travel'.

The former Newcastle player, signed by Reading in the summer on a free transfer, told his manager that he was not in the correct mental state to play at the Stadium of Light.

Not on the bus: Reading's Danny Guthrie (left) did not make the trip to Wearside

Not on the bus: Reading's Danny Guthrie (left) did not make the trip to Wearside

McDermott was unable to hide his disappointment that the 25-year-old would not travel back to the North East for the game. Reading lost 3-0 and slipped deeper into trouble in the bottom three.

The Reading boss said: 'Danny Guthrie made a decision that his head wasn’t right to travel. Everybody has got to be going in the same direction. You have to put yourself in a position to be selection. His words were that his head isn’t right.

Chin up: Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their fifth straight defeat

Chin up: Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their fifth straight defeat

'Was I disappointed He would have been traveling. Any player has to be part of what we’re about. We can’t deviate from that. We have to be pulling in the same direction.

'This is probably not a conversation for this evening, but it is something we need to address in the week.’

On target: The returning Steven Fletcher hit Sunderland's second at the Stadium of Light

On target: The returning Steven Fletcher hit Sunderland's second at the Stadium of Light

Brian McDermott denies Danny Guthrie bust-up reports

Under-fire Reading boss McDermott denies reports of Guthrie bust-up

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UPDATED:

12:04 GMT, 29 October 2012

Reading boss Brian McDermott denied reports of a bust-up with Danny Guthrie after dropping the midfielder for the 3-3 draw with Fulham.

McDermott rubbished suggestions Guthrie had been told to stay away from the club's training ground following his reaction to being left out ahead of Saturday's clash at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals manager confirmed he and Guthrie had spoken about the 25-year-old's exclusion from the squad but insisted there were no heated words exchanged.

There's no problem here: McDermott has denied falling out with Guthrie

There's no problem here: McDermott has denied falling out with Guthrie

McDermott said this morning: 'There's no bust-up. He wasn't selected to play for the game.

'So, I don't know where the reports are coming from. Danny was training yesterday.'

Insisting he also expected Guthrie to train on Monday, he added: 'I try to have a conversation with the players that are not involved and I did have a conversation with him.'

Asked if Guthrie, who joined Reading from Newcastle this summer, had been upset by his axing, McDermott said: 'Listen, if players are not in the side at this football club, they support the players that are in the side – that's what's got to happen.

'You get paid to play when you're selected. And when you're not selected, support the players that are playing.

'That's what we've had over a long, long period of time. That's the culture of this football club.'

Dropped: Guthrie was training as usual after being overlooked for Fulham clash

Dropped: Guthrie was training as usual after being overlooked for Fulham clash

Arsenal named Premier League club of the year

'Outstanding' Arsenal named Premier League club of the year

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UPDATED:

14:22 GMT, 16 October 2012

Arsenal have been named the 'club of the year' for providing the best customer service to fans under a new awards scheme being run by the Premier League and tourism board VisitEngland.

Liverpool, Fulham and Manchester City have also picked up gongs in other categories in the VisitFootball awards.

Top-flight clubs have been monitored for customer service for the past two seasons and a panel of industry experts voted Arsenal the club of the year for their 'simply outstanding service'.

Club of the year: Arsenal have the best customer service, according to VisitEngland

Club of the year: Arsenal have the best customer service, according to VisitEngland

City received the 'Best Fan Innovation' awards for their City Square and Family Stand projects, while Liverpool's stewards won the club the 'warmest welcome' award.

Fulham won the 'unsung hero' award for their supporter liaison officer Tommy Guthrie.

All 20 clubs were judged across eight areas including ticketing, stewarding, catering, toilets and the club shop. The judges stated about Arsenal: 'Their staff at every level from stewards to catering and cleaners to retail were very impressive. They clearly have a culture of high standards at Emirates Stadium and their professionalism shines through.'

Manchester City's City Square and Family Stand, with giant TV screens and post-match player and legend appearances in City Square 'are clearly a hit with the fans' said the judges.

On Liverpool's stewards, the judges said: 'We loved the stewarding at Liverpool because they clearly enjoy their job. There is a great rapport with the people they know but also an engagement for those who it might be their one and only Liverpool game of the season. Without doubt the warmest welcome we found in the Premier League was at Anfield.'

Guthrie was praised for his work at Fulham – including taking foreign supporters clubs to a local pub when they visit – with the judges saying: 'He may see it as his job but the level of detail from Tommy is something that should be singled out and applauded.'

Stadium watch: A panel of experts voted Arsenal the club of the year for their 'simply outstanding service'

Stadium watch: A panel of experts voted Arsenal the club of the year for their 'simply outstanding service'

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said the improvements in the service for fans had been reflected by more women and families going to games.

Scudamore said: 'A lot of effort has been put into making Premier League grounds more safe and welcoming over the last 20 years, which is why we have seen traditional fans being joined by more sections of society.

'Nearly a quarter of attending fans are women now, 13 per cent of season ticket holders are children and overall 63 per cent of supporters coming to a match do so with a family member.

'There are increased expectations among this more diverse audience and VisitFootball shows that the Premier League is taking customer care very seriously.'

Reading want to emulate Stoke success in Premier League

The next Man City No, we want to be like Stoke! Reading out to emulate Potters

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UPDATED:

15:09 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Reading boss Brian McDermott revealed he and Anton Zingarevich want to make the club the Barclays Premier League's next Stoke ahead of their top-flight return on Saturday.

The Royals have plenty of examples to follow of teams that have thrived following promotion from the npower Championship but McDermott believes their opening opponents are the model to emulate.

New Reading owner Zingarevich revealed this week one of the reasons he bought the club was because of their geographical location, with the Berkshire side far enough away from their Premier League rivals to give them exclusive access to a huge potential fanbase.

Training day: Mikele Leigertwood (L) and Danny Guthrie prepare for Saturday's Premier League opener

Training day: Mikele Leigertwood (L) and Danny Guthrie prepare for Saturday's Premier League opener

It is a similar story for Stoke in the north west and Tony Pulis' side have enjoyed a dream four-year stay in the Premier League since their own promotion, reaching an FA Cup final and qualifying for Europe.

And although Reading may not want to emulate the Potters' brand of football, they are looking to copy other elements that have made them so successful.

McDermott said: 'When I first met Anton, we spoke about Tony Pulis and we spoke about Stoke and that model and how well they've done.

'Not only have they survived, but they've got to an FA Cup final, they've played in Europe, they've brought in some really big players over the years.

'So, it's a really good model for us to follow.'

Indeed, the wealth of the Zingarevich family is said to be comparable to that of Stoke chairman Peter Coates, being in the hundreds of millions of pounds rather than the billions of fellow Russian Roman Abramovich.

And it seems the Premier League's latest mega-rich owner is far less demanding than his Chelsea counterpart.

McDermott said: 'He's not set any targets and I wouldn't expect him to.

'He didn't set a target of promotion last season. He thought when I first met him it might be another season, so maybe we're in front of the game as far as he's concerned.'

He added: 'He's a really good guy, we get on well, and we want to try to bring the club forward.'

Good to talk: Reading boss Brian McDermott (R) speaks with captain Jobi McAnuff

Good to talk: Reading boss Brian McDermott (R) speaks with captain Jobi McAnuff

Zingarevich has been very hands on, however.

As well as bankrolling Reading's six summer signings, his personal intervention was crucial in bringing Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak to the club.

McDermott said: 'He has an involvement with everything around the club.

'He wants the club to go forward, so he has an involvement. That's a good thing.'

Zingarevich has resisted the urge to splurge, instead seemingly content to build gradually.

McDermott, who could yet sign Stuart Taylor as back-up to goalkeeper Adam Federici, said: 'The players that we've identified, we've got in.

'Whatever the money situation, we've said, “This is what it's going to cost”, and we've done it.

'We don't think we've spent vast amounts but we think we've signed the right players.'

That has not stopped Reading being tipped – as is customary for promoted teams – for an immediate return to the Championship.

McDermott said: 'There's nothing I can do about that, really. Not too many people tipped us to win the Championship last season. There was nothing I could do about that either.'

The club's patchy pre-season form has hardly convinced the doubters but McDermott laughed off suggestions it had proven more problematic than the previous year.

He said: 'Difficult After last pre-season It's been a breeze, when you consider what happened last season, losing players, losing the play-off final.

'We've had the opportunity to add six senior players to the squad and two younger players. So, we're really happy with that.'

Saturday's game may come too soon for Jem Karacan, who McDermott admitted was 'desperate' to play after recovering from a broken leg.

Jimmy Kebe (hamstring) and Jason Roberts (suspension) are both missing.

Bournemouth 2 Reading 2: Karacan boost for Royals boss McDermott

Bournemouth 2 Reading 2: Karacan boost for Royals boss McDermott

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UPDATED:

19:20 GMT, 4 August 2012

Adrian Mariappa and Hal Robson-Kanu were on target as Reading boss Brian McDermott gave 21 players a run out in Saturday's pre-season friendly.

Jem Karacan returned from injury and played the last 20 minutes as the Royals were held by the League One side.

And the midfielder came close to winning the game but saw an injury time shot saved.

On the run: Reading's Danny Guthrie takes on Shaun MacDonald of Bournemouth

On the run: Reading's Danny Guthrie takes on Shaun MacDonald of Bournemouth

Reading led twice, going in front in the first half when Mariappa headed home an excellent Nicky Shorey free kick, but Paul Groves' men responded through Wes Thomas.

Pavel Pogrebnyak then hit the post with a header before substitiute Robson-Kanu scored from the penalty spot after being fouled in the box.

Miles Addison then scored a good header to make it 2-2, and Karacan was denied a comeback winner in injury time as Shwan Jalal made a good low save.

Shaun MacDonald of Bournemouth holds off Noel Hunt

Shaun MacDonald of Bournemouth holds off Noel Hunt

Chris Gunter joins Reading

Forest defender Gunter joins Reading on three-year contract

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 17 July 2012

Nottingham Forest right-back Chris Gunter has become Reading's second signing of the day.

After announcing the signing of Watford centre-back Adrian Mariappa earlier, Wales international Gunter has completed his move to the Royals.

Everybody loves Chris: Wales international Gunter has joined Reading

Everybody loves Chris: Wales international Gunter has joined Reading

The former Cardiff and Tottenham full-back joins from Forest for an undisclosed fee, although Reading say they have made a 'sizeable outlay' for the 22-year-old.

Gunter has penned a three-year contract at the Madejski Stadium, with the option for a further year.

Moving on: Gunter has left Forest

Moving on: Gunter has left Forest

'Having spoken to the manager, [director of football] Nick Hammond and now the chairman today, everyone has made me feel really welcome and I'm really looking forward to this opportunity,' Gunter said.

'If you form a team spirit, a togetherness, you'll always do well in football – and if you work hard you'll get your rewards.

'Reading have certainly done that in the last few years. Hopefully that can carry on.

'Right now, I need to focus on impressing everyone at this club and I'm really excited to get going.'

Gunter becomes the Royals' sixth summer signing, following the additions of Mariappa, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Nicky Shorey, Danny Guthrie and former Forest team-mate Garath McCleary.

Reading manager Brian McDermott is pleased with his latest acquisition and believes he epitomises the good work the club have done since promotion.

Done deal: Mariappa completed his move to Reading earlier on Tuesday

Done deal: Mariappa completed his move to Reading earlier on Tuesday

'I'm absolutely delighted that Chris has signed.' he said.

'He was very, very keen to come to us and is another player who is young and very hungry.

'He's already played more than 200 games at club level, plus another 37 for his country, which is phenomenal for someone so young.

'Chris already knows our club well, he is very close to Garath McCleary, knows our Welsh players and I also know he met many of our squad over the summer too.

'With all the players we have brought in this summer they will improve and get better, and the most important thing is their hunger and desire.

'With all the business we've done this summer we think we've improved the quality in the squad considerably.'