McDermott, Brian

Birth Date

8th April 1961

Birthplace

Slough, England

Occupation

Winger

Biographical Text

After being released by Queen's Park Rangers as a 15-year-old, McDermott joined Arsenal as an apprentice in January 1977, after they had spotted him playing for Slough Schools. He signed 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 March 1983 and then to IFK Norrköping between April and October 1984, where he was named Sweden's Player of the Year.

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.

He went on to play 24 league matches for Oxford, scoring two goals. He also had a loan spell with Huddersfield Town in October 1986.

Moving to Cardiff City in August 1987, he netted 8 goals in 51 outings for the Bluebirds. He then signed for Exeter City in February 1989, initially on loan.

A month later the Grecians paid £7,000 for him and he went on to become a key member of the club’s Fourth Division championship winning team in 1989-90.

He left the Grecians to sign for Conference side, Yeovil Town in November 1990 for a fee of £10,000 and becoming their assistant player-manager, where he added a further 62 appearances and 12 goals, before retiring from playing.

After management positions at Slough Town (1996-98) and Woking, (1998-2000), McDermott joined Reading as Chief Scout in September 2000.

He 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.

He was an immediate success and on 27 January 2010, McDermott signed a 12 month rolling-contract to become Reading's full-time manager. McDermott led Reading to a Championship playoff final, where they lost to Swansea City; the following season Reading were promoted to the Premier League after winning the Championship. On 11 March 2013, McDermott was sacked with the club in 19th place.
McDermott made a swift return to management, replacing Neil Warnock at Leeds United. He left the post by mutual consent on 27 May 2014.
He returned to Reading as manager for the 2015/16 season and left again in May 2016.

Appearances

65

Appearances as Substitute

3

Goals

4

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