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Reading boss outlines his long-held goal to manage the Republic of Ireland

Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:01 | Comments

McDermott: 'I live in England, and I'm not ashamed of that, but being Irish is in my blood'
McDermott: 'I live in England, and I'm not ashamed of that, but being Irish is in my blood'

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Reading manager Brian McDermott has revealed his ambition to someday manage the Republic of Ireland.

McDermott was speaking on RTÉ Radio's Sunday Sport, where he was joined by Pat Dolan to review Chelsea’s Champions League victory and to preview Euro 2012.

In the course of the conversation, however, he did outline a long-term goal he has had ever since he was a youth player.

While at Arsenal, McDermott played for the England youth side, but being first generation Irish, he soon realised he had made a mistake.

He explained: “My mum is from Clare and my dad is from Sligo. Growing up in England I supported Sligo Rovers.

"It was Don Howe that suggested I play for the English youths. Don was a big influence at Arsenal at the time, and I was a 17-year-old lacking in confidence, so I just went along with what he said. I suppose I was pressurised into doing it.

"Kenny Sansom, who was a senior player with Arsenal at the time, said that I would go on to play U-21 and then become a full England international. Of course, things are different today, as players can switch allegiance.

"A couple of years later I realised it was a big mistake. I live in England, and I’m not ashamed of that, but being Irish is in my blood.

"Ever since then it has been a goal of mine to manage Ireland. It was an error on my part to line-out for England, and I have told my friends that. You have career paths in life – and I’m determined to realise my long-held ambition." 

On the club front, McDermott recently masterminded Reading's return to the top flight of English football, and is determined that his troops can mix it with the big boys next season. 

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