No Fixed Abode wrote:Top Flight wrote:Those ppg stats are as meaningless as our possession stats this year under Stam.
McDermott won the title Clarke won Nothing.
Clarke would have got Reading to an FA Cup Final if it wasn't for Adam Flapperici.
We would have still had to go on and beat Arsenal for that to happen either on penalties or in the remainder of extra time.
At the end of the day, McDermott has achieved considerably more than Clarke in football management. 3 FA Cup quarter finals, 1 play off final and one league title. Clarke just has a semi-final to his name and lots of sackings for poor performance.
You can argue all you like about what you think might have happened with Clarke or McDermott. But in terms of real substance and track record, McDermott has proven himself to be an outstanding manager always achieving great outcomes for his football club even despite having crazy owners constantly selling his star players every transfer window. Clarke has always been backed and achieved nothing. He was backed at WBA. He was backed at Reading and he was backed at Villa. McDermott has always had owners that didn't back him and kept pulling the rug out from under his feet. He still achieved despite all of that.
McDermott was a perfect fit for RFC. He wouldn't walk away in times of trouble or turmoil. He would have just signed another Shane Long from Cork City and propelled us to the top end of the table.