McDermott: Rodgers just needs time at Liverpool FCBy Jonathan Low
October 19, 2012
Brian McDermott believes his Reading predecessor Brendan Rodgers will succeed at Liverpool if he is given time.
McDermott worked with Rodgers for 10 years before replacing him as Royals’ boss three years ago.
Rodgers has won just one Premier League game since being appointed Liverpool boss this summer after achieving success at Swansea.
And as McDermott prepares his Reading side for tomorrow’s trip to Anfield, he said: “It’s a fantastic story, what Brendan’s done and where he’s got to. It’s a great story for any aspiring young coach to see where you can get to.
“He deserves to be at Liverpool now after what he did with Swansea.”
Rodgers’ Swansea side inflicted a heart-breaking 4-2 defeat on Royals in the 2011 play-off final at Wembley.
And despite the devastation at the time of coming so close to the Premier League, McDermott believes that result made him stronger.
“Swansea won the play-off, which in hindsight was one of the best things that ever happened to me because it led to last year’s promotion,” he said.
“They played some fantastic football under Brendan and it’s now another big, big challenge for him.
“Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world and it’s a great opportunity.
“He needs time, because the players have got to get used to the way he wants them to play, but that’s his business and I’m sure he’ll succeed.”
Reading are still looking for their first Premier League win of the season, after claiming just three points from six games.
However, McDermott is confident his side can get a positive result.
“Anfield is a wonderful arena to play football in,” he said.
“We’re confident we can put on a performance and we’ll look to play at the top of our game tomorrow.