McDermott didn’t want to spend at Reading, says Zingarevich

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich insists that he offered funds to improve the Royals’ squad in January but was turned down by a reluctant Brian McDermott, according to Sky Sports.

The Madejski Stadium chief removed ex-boss McDermott from his position earlier this month, with the 51-year-old having failed to pull the club away from the Premier League drop zone.

But Zingarevich, who replaced McDermott with former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins on Tuesday, refutes claims that he failed to provide finances to invest in the Reading squad, also revealing that Adkins will also be given a good budget.

Zingarevich said: “I want us to be an established Premier League club. There is always a budget and I felt the manager should have done more in January.

We tried to sign some very big players and we were not successful. It was a really tough decision to part company with Brian because he was a great person but Nigel Adkins is here now and will get our full backing.

Adkins faces a tough task to keep Reading in the Premier League, with the Royals second from bottom in the division with just eight matches left to play – and a sizeable seven points from safety.

The ex-Scunthorpe manager’s first game in charge will be at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

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