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