Brian McDermott a victim of his own success at Reading – Jason Roberts
Reading striker Jason Roberts believes Brian McDermott has been a victim of his own success after being sacked on Monday
Jason Roberts believes Brian McDermott has been a victim of his own success after he was sacked by Reading on Monday.
The 51-year-old leaves the Royals in 19th place in the Premier League after a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday, just four points behind Paul Lambert’s side, who are 17th.
McDermott, who was manager of the month in January, led Reading to promotion last season after an impressive run of 15 wins in 19 games helped the Royals secure a return to the English top-flight after a four-year absence.
Striker Roberts, who missed the Royals’ loss to Villa due to injury, said he was “sad” after learning of McDermott’s departure.
“I’m saddened. He’s been absolutely fantastic for me personally and for the club,” Roberts told Sky Sports.
“He’s been a victim of his own success in some ways and I’m sure he’s going to be disappointed.
“As you know in football, it’s a result business. I’m sure he’ll say that. But it’s a sad day for me.
He added: “It’s always tough in these situations. We’re not party to discussions that have taken place between the manager and whoever else.
“All we can do is try to perform as best we can on the pitch.
“I think the performances we have given up to this point have been over and above what people expected, allowing Reading to be in the Premier League and the position we are now.”
Roberts also remained upbeat about Reading’s chances of beating relegation, whoever replaces McDermott in the Royals hotseat.
“In the Premier League, we would have to liked have done better and to have been out of the relegation,” he added.
“I think it’s an important time to look back at what McDermott has done for the club and to take stock of what a great situation we find ourselves in at the moment.
“We’ve got nine games remaining and there’s an opportunity for us to remain in the Premier League.”
McDermott won 76 of his 139 matches in charge of Reading after replacing Brendan Rodgers at the Royals in December 2009.