Brian McDermott

  • English athlete
  • Born April 8, 1961

Brian James McDermott (born 8 April 1961) is a former professional footballer and former manager of Reading. Born in Slough to Irish parents, McDermott 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 finished his playing career at Slough Town in 1995. The following season, he became manager of Slough Town where he had a very successful few years in the Conference.

I don't believe in an 'all-about-me' culture. It's about the group.

Football is all I know.

You do have demons throughout the week; every coach does.

If you ask me why I've succeeded, it's because I was in the Royal Marines. You have this unbelievable sense of achievement and of overcoming adversity. That's the confidence it breeds.

I love music, from shanty sea-songs to Calvin Harris.

Sometimes you have got to look at things really positively - without putting your head in the sand, you have got to manage the negatives and keep putting a positive slant on it, keep trying to find answers.

I irritate the wife because of my private dancing.

My parents are Irish, my grandparents are Irish, my great-grandparents are Irish. I was born in England; my blood is Irish.

I can't go against my nature because I am what I am. I don't try to be anyone different to who I am.

People ask me about my interests outside football, but I haven't really got any.

It's really important how you say things because people won't necessarily remember what words you used, but they'll remember how you made them feel.

I don't regret anything.