Madejski: Championship more exciting than Premier LeagueBy Jonny Fordham
June 01, 2011
Sir John Madejski has attempted to console disappointed Reading fans by insisting that the Championship is more exciting than the Premier League.
Royals’ chairman also declared that, even if Monday’s £90million play-off final had not ended in defeat, the club would have struggled in the top flight without additional investment.
“The Championship is not a bad place to be,” said the multi-millionaire entrepreneur after Reading had lost 4-2 to Swansea City at Wembley.
“We know who is going to win the Premier League. We don’t know who is going to win the Championship.
“The Championship is a much more exciting place to be.
"Had we gone up, unless I can find my benevolent billionaire, which is unlikely, we would have just been an ‘also-ran’.”
Brian McDermott got the best out of his players this season, despite selling highly rated Gylfi Sigurdsson for a club-record £7m to Hoffenheim in August.
And Royals' boss may have to shuffle his pack on the cheap again.
Ivar Ingimarsson, Brynjar Gunnarson and David Mooney are likely to be released in the close season, while Burnley are interested in signing keeper Mikkel Andersen and Portsmouth and Southampton are keen on midfielder Brian Howard.