Yet again another English manager is fired from a club in the English Premier League. It seems to me that this is a classic case of “a prophet has no honor in his own country.”
The Russian owner of Reading, Anton Zingarevich, said sacking Brian McDermott was the hardest decision he has made in his life.
It may also turn out to be one of the worst decisions he has made.
Reading has nine games left to avoid relegation from the Premier League. So, sacking the manager at this time suggests it was a knee-jerk reaction, based on panic at the thought of losing millions of pounds by not being in the promised land of England’s elite league.
This was McDermott’s third season as Reading manager. In his first season, he took the club to the playoff final, losing to Swansea City. In his second, he took Reading up as champions. Therefore, it was only right for McDermott to be allowed to finish the season to try and steer the team out of trouble.
McDermott’s dismissal resembles closely the sacking of Nigel Adkins, another Englishman, from Southampton.
Adkins took the Saints from the third tier in English football to the Premier League in back-to-back promotions. Then, Southampton’s Italian owners replaced him with Mauricio Pochettino, an Argentinean who speaks no English.
By the way, Southampton is in the exact position before Adkins was fired! Reading’s next match is against Manchester United at Old Trafford and they go there without a manager – insanity!
Paolo Di Canio, Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet are the bookmakers’ favourites to take over.