Reading FC boss McDermott is sticking to his one game principleBy Lewis Rudd
June 20, 2012
Brian McDermott insists he is more focused on getting his players “prepared and ready” for the Premier League season, rather than the days and dates of when or who the team is scheduled to play.
Royals will begin life back in the top tier of English football with a home fixture against Tony Pulis’ Stoke City on Saturday, August 18.
They will then make the long trip up to the North East to take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light seven days later before beginning their Capital One Cup campaign with a round two fixture in the week commencing Monday, August 27.
Reading are then due to return to league action with a visit to Stamford Bridge to take on Champions League winners Chelsea on Saturday, September 1.
The game, however, will have to be rescheduled as Chelsea take on Athletico Madrid in the final of the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco on Friday, August 31.
This could leave the side without a competitive fixture until September 15, when Tottenham Hotspur and their new manager visit Madejski Stadium.
Royals must also prepare themselves to take to the road for five of their eight opening fixtures in the top flight.
McDermott, however, is only concentrating on the here and now, refusing to move away from his ethos of taking the season a game at a time.
And although he did admit to looking out for the date when his side visit former club Arsenal, which is not until March 30, the manager is not looking beyond the season opener.
McDermott did say Arsenal “would be a great opener to the season”, however, he must now wait until December 15 to get a stab at his former employers.
He said: “I look at the first couple of games, then around Christmas and then the last couple of fixtures, and that is what I generally do.
“This is the best league in the world with some of the best players in the world.
“At the start of the season we will aim to do our very best, and after game one we move on to game two.
“It is important the players are all prepared and ready to go.”
McDermott, who last week revealed the club are in talks with targets over potential moves to Berkshire, went on to explain how he is finding this summer more enjoyable than the last - which saw the former chief scout having to rebuild and remotivate his squad following the 4-2 Play-Off final defeat to Swansea City.
“Considering where we were this time last year I’m enjoying it,” he said.
“In that time to come back and manage to come back in the way that we did is an incredible achievement from the staff, players and supporters.
“To have 18,000 season ticket holders backing us next season is just phenomenal following the year that we have had.”