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McDermott sacking makes poor Reading for Royals




Every week, bookmaker and former Racing Post chief sports betting writer Mark Worwood tackles one of football’s hottest topics from a punting perspective.



The curse of the English Premier League Manager of the Month award has struck again, with Reading sacking Brian McDermott just five weeks after he won January’s managerial prize.

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McDermott paid the price for five consecutive losses in all competitions, including English Premier League home defeats to fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa and Wigan. One can appreciate that the Royals fear for their prestigious top-flight status but, with nine games remaining including back-to-back away matches versus Manchester United and Arsenal over the next few weeks, surely they have left it too late to make a change and expect miracle results.

The transfer window is closed so the new Reading boss will not be able to wheel and deal and one must think that the decision to axe such a loyal Royals servant as McDermott with little more than a handful of games to go will instil an even greater level of panic among the playing squad.

According to bookmakers, Reading is doomed to fall out of the English Premier League at the end of this season, with its relegation odds ranging from 1-11 to 1-7. Basically, that means that professional odds setters think that the Royals have about a 90 per cent chance of going down.

What is more interesting is the latest market on which side finishes the English Premier League competition at the foot of the ladder. Reading is trading as big as 4-5 despite its next two matches being at Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium respectively, it having no full-time manager at the time of writing and not the easiest of run-in schedules.

Bookmakers think that there are five live contenders for this term’s English Premier League wooden spoon – Reading, Queens Park Rangers, Wigan, Aston Villa and Southampton. It is subjective, of course, but the Royals appear to have the toughest run-in program of the five teams and they are only 19th instead of 20th because their goals-scored column.

QPR has three winnable home games between now and the end of the season, with Newcastle, Stoke and West Ham heading for Loftus Road over the next two months. Likewise, Wigan has three home matches from which it would be hoping to accrue nine points, with Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich bound for the DW Stadium. Aston Villa ought to fancy its chances of getting something out of at least half a dozen of its nine games, while Southampton has a fair fixture list and, arguably, too much class to get sucked down to the bottom.

Paolo Di Canio is the name on everyone’s lips regarding the Reading manager’s job, with the Italian receiving lots of positive press for his work in getting Swindon out of the English Football League basement and into the hunt for automatic promotion from the English League One division.

But the word on the street is that Swindon’s wage bill was enormous by English lower-league standards. Consequently, the jury is out as to the real qualities of Di Canio as a manager. How will he fare in control of a small fish in a big pond rather than a big fish in a small pond? One would think that he might struggle if he gets the Reading job.



Was Reading right to sack McDermott with less than one quarter of the season remaining? Send me your comments




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