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Why Brian McDermott does not want to return to Reading right now

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Former Leeds manager Brian McDermott has not interest in a return to Reading, according to an interview he gave last week.

The Nigel Adkins era at Reading is over, and after a 6-1 loss at Birmingham City, it's hardly surprising.

The race is already onto replace him, and one outsider according to the bookies is former Royals boss Brian McDermott.

SkyBet list him as 20/1 to return to the Madejski, but according to an interview last week, he is not interested in returning to management this season.

Sacked by Leeds United in June, McDermott has recently taken up a scouting role at former club Arsenal, where he starred as a player.

During an appearance on SkySports Fantasy Football Club, he explained he is signed to a contract until May, and intends to honour his word.

He said: "I shook hands with Arsene, and Steve Rowley until May.

"Yeah I had a couple of calls, but once you've shaken hands on deal that's it."

He went onto explain that he only signed a short-term deal with the Gunners so he could assess any managerial opportunities at the end of the season, but wanted to commit until then at least out of gratitude for the opportunity.

He added: "I'm back at a club I love, working with terrific people. I'm delighted to be here."

The current bookies favourite for the Reading job are Steve Clarke (5/4), Tony Pulis (6/1), and Tim Sherwood and Chris Hughton (7/1).

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