Reading FC's McDermott aims for a Royal ChristmasBy Matthew Sadler
December 25, 2009
Brian McDermott admits he cannot wait for his first home game in charge of Royals when Swansea City visit Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day (3pm kick-off).
Reading’s caretaker boss took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bristol City.
But the 38-year-old insists managing the side in front of their own fans during the festive period will be extra special.
He said: “I am really looking forward to it, even more so because it is a Boxing Day game.
“Christmas matches are always special and there should be a good crowd.
“People want to get out of the house and watch football after Christmas Day and I am sure Swansea will bring a good few down.
“We will not be thinking about what has gone in the past. We are focussed on what we have got have coming up – that’s all we can deal with and affect.”
The bad weather has affected Royals’ training preparations for the Swansea game with yesterday’s planned training session cancelled.
But the players are due back in today.
McDermott added: “We could have gone in the Dome yesterday, but it was the travelling side of things and it took me six hours to get home on Monday night, so we didn’t think we should risk it. It’s not ideal and we have to get on with it the best we can. We will hopefully get the players in for the rest of the week ahead of the Swansea game as not having a grass pitch to train is a bit of an issue.
Visitors Swansea go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday and currently lie in fifth place.
But, despite lying in 21st place McDermott insists Royals will take the game to their opponents.
“I know them well enough and have seen them a lot of times,” he said.
“We want to go out and get the win as we are playing in front of our own fans.
“It’s our stadium and our fans and when we are out on the pitch the onus is on us to take the game to them.
“They play a certain way. We know who their players are, but they have to think about ours as well.
“We are concentrating on what we have to do to get the win – we have to take the game to them.”
McDermott insists he has yet to speak to Sir John Madejski about the future and about plans for the January transfer window.
He said: “We haven’t spoke about what will happen. He (Sir John) has asked me to look after things and that is what I will do.”