Hunt, Neville & more: Twitter reacts after Reading sack McDermott

Noel Hunt and Gary Neville both tweet their thoughts after Reading confirm Brian McDermott left the club on Monday

Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott leaves Reading in 19th position in the Premier League Photo: nPower

Brian McDermott

Brian McDermott has been sacked as Reading manager after the Royals’ 2-1 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 51-year-old leaves the club four points from safety, with former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins the early favourite to replace McDermott.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, to Monday’s news.

Reading striker Noel Hunt (‏@boyhunt) pays credit to a “great man”: “I want to say thanks to Brian for everything he did for me especially. He’s been a great manager, man and friend to me and will be missed!”

Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray ‏(@mickygray33) is surprised by McDermott’s departure: “Really shocked that Brian McDermott has been sacked. He has done a great job since taking charge at Reading. I wish him well in his next job.”

Ex-Norwich centre-half Iwan Roberts (‏@iwanwroberts) reckons Reading could rue the decision: “Silly sacking if you ask me at this stage of the season, look what’s happened to Wolves after the got rid of Mick McCarthy last season.”

Former Manchester United striker Norman Whiteside ‏(@NormanWhiteside) was a fan of McDermott: “Shame about Brian McDermott – he seemed like a good bloke :)”

Red Devils legend Gary Neville (@GNev2) endorses a tweet which the former defender says summarises his feelings: “RT ‘@DuckerTheTimes Brainless and depressing decision to sack Brian McDermott. I ******* loathe football sometimes #readingfc’ That last RT really does sum up my last ten minutes feelings!”

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier (‏@mattletiss7) had a similar opinion: “Feel for Brian McDermott, top bloke, seems very harsh.”

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage ‏(@RobbieSavage8) has a bit of a rant about the sacking: “Gutted for Brian McDermott top bloke, timing poor, feel really sorry for him, quality of squad is not Premier League standard, he done great to put them into a position where they have a chance of staying up, low wage budget, no big names, survival in Prem in first season back would have been a success. 33 days ago he was manager of the month, ridiculous decision to sack him now!”

Ex-Liverpool captain Phil Thompson (‏@Phil_Thompson4) disagrees with the decision: “Shame on the board at Reading for sacking Brian McDermott.”

Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor (‏@IanTaylor7) can see Paolo Di Canio taking up the role: “RT ‘@ajhalls1: @IanTaylor7 shocking. Paolo Di Canio in?’ > I thought that mate, seeing as he was there!! ;-)”

Ex-Middlesbrough star Jan Aage Fjortoft ‏(@JanAageFjortoft) uses a rather extreme comparison: “The timing of some of the sackings in football are….strange. It’s like sacking the captain at Titanic 10 mins AFTER it hit the iceberg.”

Finally, England legend Gary Lineker (‏@GaryLineker) is disappointed with the decision: “Brian McDermott has lost his job at Reading. A real shame after all he has done for the club.”

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