Friday, 21 September 2012

McDermott not worried by controversy

Reading boss Brian McDermott insists that everyone at the club is behind him despite the recent controversy surrounding his decision to drop goalkeeper Adam Federici.

The Royals have struggled since their promotion to the Premier League and have so far earned just a single point from their three games, a run that has left them languishing in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's trip to West Brom.

One of the reasons for their slump has been the form of Federici, who despite making a number of fine saves, has also made a string of errors, most notably spilling a late equaliser into his goal on the opening day against Stoke.

This inspired McDermott to look for alternatives to the Australian and he opted to start with youngster Alex McCarthy for Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham, a result predicted by most experts from within the sports betting community.

The decision prompted Federici's girlfriend to take to twitter to criticise the coach for dropping the 27-year-old, a move that caused outrage amongst the Royals' fans.

However, the unflappable McDermott says he's not too concerned about the incident, or the latest odds that suggest the Royals will struggle to avoid the drop, insisting that everyone at the club is pulling in the same direction.

"I've had many issues at football clubs that have been kept very quiet, we've dealt with them and moved on,” he said. "Sometimes these become public for whatever reason.

You see it every day at other clubs, but generally you don't see it here. If it's out there then that's a shame.

"I would understand the fans could think there is unrest, but there is no unrest around here, it's very simple.

"Adam Federici has done fantastic for me and I know him really well as a person and player. He works really hard, but things haven't gone his way so Alex has come into the team,” he added.

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