Reading boss plays down Twitter row

Reading goalkeeper Adam FedericiA Twitter outburst by Adam Federici’s girlfriend will not disrupt the dressing room harmony at Reading, according to manager Brian McDermott.

Royals supporters were quick to pick up on comments made on Saturday night after Federici had been told by McDermott that he had been dropped for the 3-1 Premier League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

On the social networking site, Micaela Gardner, Federici’s partner wrote: “Football has left me feeling totally numb and empty inside! For once I have NO explanation! #noloyalty #absolutejoke.”

Another of Federici’s friends, Stephanie Gardner, wrote after Sunday’s game: “Reading FC absolute joke of a club unbelievable the way they can treat there [sic] players #lost3-1 tactical decision did not work #badmanagement.”

Reading fans reacted in their droves to the public comments and the two girls were quick to delete their accounts from Twitter on Tuesday. On the surface it makes a mockery of Reading’s ultra-professional approach with supporters fearing unrest in the ranks, but McDermott has told fans that is not the case. The Royals manager spoke to getreading:

“There’s nothing I can do about someone’s Twitter feed. 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.”

Federici was given a new Royals deal to tie him to the club until 2015 just last month and last summer it was the player himself who upset fans when he declared that he needed to be playing at the highest level for the sake of his Australia career in an interview.

However, current No.1 Alex McCarthy has already been told that he will keep his place for Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion with Federici expected to continue to work on his knee problem over the coming weeks.