McDermott facing up to Long exit

06 June 2011 12:36
Reading manager Brian McDermott has said there is little he can do to stop striker Shane Long leaving the club.Celtic, Newcastle and Everton are being linked with a move for the Republic of Ireland international. [LNB]McDermott told BBC Berkshire: "If a Premier League club comes in and we decide the deal is right and Shane wants to go there's nothing we can do. [LNB]"It's important I do the right thing by him as well. For me he'll go down as a very special Reading player." [LNB]He added: "Do I want to lose Shane Long? No, absolutely not. [LNB]"Last season we lost Gylfi Sigurdsson just before the transfer window shut and it took us a while to get over that - 12 or so games." [LNB] [LNB][LNB] Long scored 25 goals this season for the Royals in 2010/11, but started slowly, finding the net only four times in his first 19 league appearances. [LNB]"He was getting a little bit of stick as well but he's really come good over a period of time," McDermott said. [LNB]"I would sign him for any club I ever managed." [LNB]The Reading manager also paid tribute to outgoing defender Ivar Ingimarsson who left the club last Thursday after his contract expired. [LNB]McDermott said: "It was right for him and it was right for the club. He wants to play week-in week-out and I understand that and the last thing I wanted would have been a frustrated Ivar around the place if he wasn't playing. [LNB]"He's done a fantastic job for Reading over a five-year period. Steve Coppell said he was probably his best signing, which is a massive compliment to Ivar. [LNB]"So he'll move on with all our best wishes from the players and the staff and all the fans."

Source: BBC_Sport