McDermott denies Guthrie bust-upBy Jonny Fordham
October 29, 2012
Brian McDermott has rejected talk of a training ground bust-up with Danny Guthrie.
Sources told the Reading Post that the 25-year-old reacted to being axed from Royals' starting XI for Saturday's 3-3 draw with Fulham.
It was believed that Guthrie was told to stay away from the training ground, but McDermott confirmed he was present for training yesterday morning ahead of tomorrow's Capital One Cup tie against Arsenal.
"There was no bust-up," McDermott told the press on Monday morning at Hogwood.
"He wasn't selected and trained yesterday.
"The players that are not in the side support the players that are in the side.
"I try to have a conversation with the players not playing and I did that."
Other members of the Reading team who were not picked on Saturday turned up to support their teammates at Madejski Stadium.
However, Guthrie was not present.
McDermott said: "We're trying to create a unique culture with everyone on the same side, we think we've got exactly that.
"We had 20-odd players in the dressing room after the game, the Ian Hartes and Stuart Taylors of this world, there's the likes of Alfie,Alex Pearce too, Churchy, working hard every single day."
And after the Fulham game, when explaining his decision to drop the former Newcastle United man, McDermott added: "He wasn't selected, but he's fit.
"He's part of the squad of 20-odd players and has got to get himself into the 18.
"I just felt it was the right thing to do."