Brian McDermott's joy as Reading FC win ChampionshipBy Jonny Fordham
April 23, 2012
Brian McDermott will enjoy every ounce of success that comes with winning the Championship at Reading.
The Royals boss was holding back the tears as he watched his promoted side perform a lap of honour after their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Southampton's defeat away to Middlesbrough then guaranteed that Reading would lift the trophy for a second time following the achievements of Steve Coppell's side in 2005/06.
McDermott said: “To top it all, we win the Championship and it's just a great, great feeling.
“I always think the best team manages themselves, and this team manage themselves - they've got great resilience, character and ability - and they're just great people.
“I'm going to enjoy this summer, last summer was horrendous after the play-off final, it was short - this is a bit longer so I'm going to relax, enjoy it and try to do what we have to do as far as the football club's concerned.
“But sometimes you have to reflect and look at what we've achieved and enjoy the moment."
And McDermott, who was speaking on Sky's Goals on Sunday programme also hailed captain Jobi McAnuff for his leading role in Reading's promotion.
He added: “I'm so pleased for my captain, Jobi, to make it into the Premier League.
“People questioned putting a winger as my captain but being a past member of the winger's union I thought he could do the job and he has grown as a guy and as a player.
“He is vocal and leads by example. He plays games and gets injuries but he gets on with no fuss. He always puts in a shift for the team, has real quality and is really popular.”