Brian McDermott Falls Into Football’s Moral Vacuum

Winning the Football League Championship, then, didn’t turn out to be enough for the Reading manager Brian McDermott, who left the club yesterday following its home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa at the weekend with the club’s owner Anton Zingarevich stating – and it is starting to feel as if there may be a book of stock phrases that football club owners can turn to at just about any time – that “change was necessary” at a club which has been hanging around the relegation places in the Premier League and is now separated from the bottom of it only by goals scored. It may well feel like scant reward for the manager that took them into the division against many expectations at the end of last season. Indeed, McDermott may even be wondering if he might have been better off not having taken the club into the Premier League in the first place. Such is the hysteria to stay in the division at the end of this season that impossible burdens of expectations are now placed upon managers in the division. Reading have amongst the lowest wage budgets in the Premier League this season, and as a driver of how well a team will perform over a period of months that would seem to be a more reliable indicator of what sort of final league position...

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