Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

McDermott defuses Twitter row

Adam Federici shown in the dugout on Sunday after not being picked for the Tottenham game

Reading manager Brian McDermott is sure there is no unrest within the dressing room following a Twitter outburst by Adam Federici's girlfriend.

The Australian goalkeeper was dropped for Sunday's home match with Tottenham, with Alex McCarthy playing in his place.

Federici's partner took to her now-deleted Twitter account after the 3-1 defeat to express her disappointment at McDermott's decision, leading the Reading boss to calm talk of problems behind the scene. He said: "There's nothing I can do about someone's Twitter feed."

McDermott added: "I can't help what players or their girlfriends put on Twitter - if that's the case, then it's a shame.

"The fact of the matter is that I spoke to Adam and made a decision that Alex McCarthy was going to play. No player at the club has a position that means they will play every week - no player."

In her online rant, Micaela Gardner wrote: "Football has left me feeling totally numb and empty inside! For once I have NO explanation! #noloyalty #absolutejoke."

She may have been referring to Federici`s absence despite his long service to the club, but McDermott added: "Adam Federici has done fantastic for me and I know him really well as a person and player.

"He works really hard, but things haven't gone his way at the start of the season so Alex has come into the team. It's no different for a full-back, centre-half or striker.

"If there is Twitter stuff going on and there are emotional messages then there is not a lot I can do about that. I'm not one of these managers that says you will get fined £1,000 for going on Twitter."

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