In the 2011/12 season, Brian McDermott guided Reading to the npower Championship title with a stunning run of form in the second
half of the campaign, which saw 15 wins in 17 league matches.
The club had found themselves in the relegation places earlier in the year – a hangover from play-off final disappointment the previous term when the Royals lost out to Swansea City at Wembley.
McDermott joined Reading shortly before Christmas in 2009, and within a month had masterminded an FA Cup third round giantkilling of Liverpool at Anfield.
Previous to that, the 51-year-old had fulfilled a number of roles at the club, including chief scout, Under-19s manager, reserve team manager and caretaker manager.
As a player, he was a midfielder who played in the top division for Arsenal and Oxford United.