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Brian McDermott
Personal information
Full name Brian James McDermott
Date of birth 8 April 1961 (1961-04-08) (age 48)
Place of birth Slough, Berkshire, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Reading (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978-1984 Arsenal 61 (12)
1983 Fulham 3 (0)
1984 IFK Norrköping (loan)
1984-1987 Oxford United 24 (2)
1986 Huddersfield Town 4 (1)
1987-1988 Cardiff City 51 (8)
1988-1990 Exeter City 68 (4)
1990-1992 Yeovil Town 62 (12)
Teams managed
1996-1998 Slough
1998-2000 Woking
2009- Reading
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Brian James McDermott (born 8 April 1961 in Slough, Berkshire) is an ex-football player and a coach.

He joined Arsenal as an apprentice in 1977 and went on to play for Fulham, IFK Norrköping, Oxford United, Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Exeter City and Yeovil Town in a 14-year playing career during the 1980s and 1990s. At IFK Norrköping he was named Sweden's Player of the Year in 1984.

He is currently the manager of Reading. In his first season he led Reading into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 83 years, a run that included knocking out Liverpool at Anfield.


Playing career

McDermott joined Arsenal as an apprentice in January 1977, signing professional forms with the club in February 1979. He was a regular in Arsenal's reserve team, finishing as top scorer in the London Combination in 1978-79, before making his debut as a substitute against Bristol City on 10 March 1979. He did not properly break into the Arsenal first team until the 1980-81 season, notching 45 appearances (14 as sub) in all competitions in that season and 1981-82.

Unable to match his goalscoring rate at the top level, he featured much less in the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons and was loaned out twice by the Gunners: once to Fulham in 1983 and then to IFK Norrköping between April and October 1984, where he was named Sweden's Player of the Year.[1] McDermott secured a permanent move to Oxford United in December 1984, having made 72 appearances (44 starts, 28 as sub) for Arsenal, scoring 13 goals.[2]

McDermott's later career included a loan spell at Huddersfield Town, before stints at Cardiff City, Exeter City and Yeovil Town.

Coaching career

After management positions at Slough and Woking, McDermott joined Reading as Chief Scout in September 2000, taking over from the late Maurice Evans. McDermott also became the under-19s and reserve team manager, before taking over as caretaker first team manager following the departure of Brendan Rogers on 17 December 2009.[3]

McDermott's first game in charge was a 1-1 draw at Bristol City with Simon Church grabbing a 90th minute equaliser for the Royals,[4] another 1-1 draw followed on Boxing Day at home to promotion-chasing Swansea,[5] before a 4-1 defeat away to fellow strugglers Plymouth on December 28.[6]

On January 2, 2010 McDermott's Reading took on Premier League side Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round, taking the lead through Simon Church before Steven Gerrard equalised for Liverpool. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, earning the Royals a replay at Anfield on January 13,[7] during which Reading came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 after extra time thanks to a penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson in stoppage time after 90 minutes and a header in extra time from Shane Long.[8] This was McDermott's first victory in charge of Reading and the first ever for the club at Anfield.

On January 15, 2010 Reading lost 2-1 to promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest[9] to leave McDermott still waiting for his first league win as Reading's cartaker manager. A week later, the Royals beat Premier League side Burnley 1-0 thanks to a late strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson to secure a place in the FA Cup fifth round.[10]

On 27 January 2010, McDermott signed a 12 month rolling-contract to become Reading's full-time manager. Since then he has led the Royals on a four-match winning streak in the league and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 83 years after a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion.[11]

Personal life

McDermott currently lives with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters Lianne and Emily in Buckinghamshire.


  1. ^ "Brian McDermott". Reading FC Official Website. Readingfc.couk.,,10306~1065012,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Brian McDermott". Arsenal Player Database. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  3. ^ "McDermott to take charge".,,10306~1907131,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Highlights — Bristol City 1-1 Reading". BBC Sport. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Reading 1-1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 2009-12-26. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Plymouth 4-1 Reading". BBC Sport. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  7. ^ Fletcher, Paul (2010-01-02). "Reading 1-1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  8. ^ Dawkes, Phil (2010-01-13). "Liverpool 1-2 Reading (aet)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  9. ^ Nottingham Forest 2 – 1 Reading, BBC Sport, 15 January 2010, retrieved 27 February 2010.
  10. ^ Reading 1 – 0 Burnley, BBC Sport, 23 January 2010, retrieved 27 February 2010.
  11. ^ McDermott appointed on permanent basis, Reading FC Official Site, 28 January 2010, retrieved 27 February 2010.

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