Danny Guthrie apologises for Twitter rantBy Jonny Fordham
October 04, 2012
Danny Guthrie has apologised to Reading manager Brian McDermott following an outburst on Twitter after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
The dropped midfielder didn’t feature against his former side and took to the social networking site to tell his 132,000 plus followers his frustrations.
The 25-year-old said: “Great point today and performance from the boys – for those asking I’m bitterly disappointed not to play.
“I’m trying to fit into the direct style of play the manager wants and I pass to (sic) much at the minute which is my best asset.
“I understand what the manger (sic) wants, but stopping habits like going and getting the ball of (sic) the back four is difficult.
“I will adapt to what is asked of me....The most important thing is the team!!!!”
On Monday Guthrie spoke to McDermott to say sorry for his actions.
McDermott explained: “He apologised for putting that on Twitter about the team, because that’s not what we’re really about.
“When I signed Danny I signed him because he can pass, score and I want him to get better. When I sign a player, my philosophy is that I want them to succeed. I’ve played for managers who I’m sure wanted people to fail.
“I want Danny to score goals and make goals and I think from his point of view he saw that game against Newcastle and it clicked to what we are about.
“He mentioned the word direct, but what is direct? We play with a tempo, we like to pass, we play through midfield, if it’s on we will knock it over the top, but we play with a certain tempo and pace.
“We have winger’s that can run, striker’s that work their socks off and midfielders who shut down and a back four that gets up the pitch.”
McDermott let Guthrie know that he wasn’t going to be in the starting line-up against the Magpies on Friday.
“His words to me were that he didn’t know what he wanted from me,” added McDermott.
“It’s difficult to explain it and I tried, but now he has seen it. He now knows what is required. But when you go on Twitter and you’re emotional and talk about the team and the way we play – that’s not what we’re about, you can’t do that.
“He’s said he is sorry and we move on. He is a good player and I want him to do his talking on the training pitch and in games.
“I want him to succeed and to succeed at Reading. I know manager’s who don’t speak to players out of the team, but that’s not my style.
“If I get respect I have no problem, if I don’t get respect, I won't tell them they’re not playing – that’s it. It’s straightforward and fair. Everyone knows where they stand.”