I'm the right man for Reading - Brian McDermott

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Brian McDermott - Players are good enough

Reading boss Brian McDermott says he is the right man to keep the club in the Premier League next season.

Last season's Championship winners lie second from bottom and face Manchester United on Saturday before crunch games against Southampton and Sunderland.

But McDermott, 51, says he and his players are good enough to steer the team away from relegation trouble.

"I've never had any doubts. I know how close we are [to turning things around]," he told BBC Sport.

"We do the right things every day and if we keep doing that, the right results will come our way, I'm absolutely convinced of that."

Reading are four points from Premier League safety and have only won one and drawn six of their 13 games this season.

Their inability to close out games has proven particularly costly, and in their last two fixtures both Wigan and Aston Villa have secured victories against the Royals with late goals.

Despite their position, Reading owner Anton Zingarevich recently said he has "total faith" in McDermott, who took over as manager after a successful spell as a caretaker in 2009.

And with last year's promotion to the top flight coming in Zingarevich's first season in charge, McDermott told BBC Football Focus "we are probably ahead of the game, in his view".

McDermott explained: "We need to have some kind of realism about where we have come from and I think the majority of our fans have got that. They are really enjoying what they are watching at the minute.

"But I'm not stupid, we need results and we want results and that's what makes our fans happy."

McDermott added: "I don't feel under any pressure to survive [the drop]. You put yourself under pressure because you want to do well for the fans.

"What I have here is a good bunch of people, great staff and players, and I know we all want to achieve the same thing."