Reading FC manager overjoyed after gaining promotion to Premier League
Reading were nowhere near the automatic promotion places at Christmas, although the Royals have enjoyed an amazing recent run which saw them clinch a spot in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
April 18th, 2012
A 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest means that the Berkshire club return to the English top flight and it is clear that last season’s play-off heartache against Swansea has served them well this time around.
Brian McDermott is the man who has led Reading to the Premier League and he was clearly delighted after seeing his team seal promotion with two games to spare.
A delighted McDermott said: “This is my best moment in football. My worst was on the pitch at Wembley on May 30 (last year’s play-off final defeat to Swansea).
“We are in the Premier League now and I can celebrate for the next two months. I need to get away for a while in the summer and have a break.
“Tonight was the most important three points we have got this season because it has seen us over the line.
“I don’t know how I am supposed to be. I had the worst summer last season after losing the play off final against Swansea but this will be a good summer.
“I didn’t actually know the West Ham result until after our game had finished but I sensed it from the way the crowd was reacting.
“It’s really strange. It doesn’t seem real at the moment and it doesn’t feel as if it is happening to me.
“Now I will simply concentrate on our next game at home to Crystal Place because that’s in my nature.
“I thought we were a bit nervous tonight and we weren’t as fluid as we can be.”