Brian McDermott appreciated Zingarevich backingBy Jonathan Low
November 23, 2012
Reading boss Brian McDermott says he appreciates the public backing shown by owner Anton Zingarevich.
In a week which has seen Roman Abramovich fire Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes sacked by QPR, McDermott is grateful Royals’ Russian owner has made it clear he has no intention of wielding the axe.
Zingarevich declared he had total faith in the Reading manager before last Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Everton.
McDermott was pleased with the owner’s choice of words and would like nothing more than to justify the faith shown in him.
He said: “I get on really well with Anton so I didn’t need him to come out and say anything. That was up to him to say.
“I’ve known him since January and we’ve been consistent with each other. We have a good relationship.
“I don’t think it was particularly important for him to say it, but he felt he wanted to say it and I appreciate the fact that he did say it in public.”
McDermott also explained how much he enjoys working with Zingarevich, and having the Russian around at training and on matchdays.
“Anton is very much part of what we’re trying to do here. He’s one of us,” the manager added.
“He came to pre-season with us, he joined in and he’s very much part of it. I don’t see it as an issue if the owner speaks to a player because he’s part of what we’re trying to do.
“It’s very much everyone together, including the owner.”
The manager, who takes his side to Wigan Athletic tomorrow (3pm kick-off), said he was looking to build on the momentum from last week’s victory over Everton.
“The performance of the second half (against Everton) is the momentum and that’s what we want to keep going,” McDermott said.
“That belief to play our game, with the ball and do what we have to do with the ball, that’s the momentum I’ve been talking about.
“Everton was a really important win for us,” he added.
“The players know they can compete at this level, and now we can move on and look forward.”