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Reading boss Brian McDermott has played down reports he will be replaced by Dick Advocaat

Brian McDermott: The Reading boss has played down reports in the Dutch press that PSV Eindhoven's Dick Advocaat will be replacing him.

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Brian McDermott has shunned reports Dick Advocaat will be taking his place as Reading chief.

The Royals have endured a torrid time in their return to the Premier League, lying in 18th spot and without a win to their name this season.

Adding to McDermott's dismay, reports in the Dutch press over the last week have been linking PSV Eindhoven coach Advocaat to his job, with Russian owner Anton Zingarevich reportedly interested in talking to the former Holland boss.

When asked if he was aware of the rumours, McDermott said: "(He is a) decent manager - I haven't actually (read anything).

"It is pretty sad to have conversations like this really I think - you have a bunch of people here absolutely trying their best to the nth degree at the club."

Advocaat's managerial record will be well known to Zingarevich as the 65-year-old has previously been in charge of Zenit St Petersburg and the Russia national side.


But McDermott did not want to comment on the speculation and was more concerned with preparing for the visit of Everton.

"We have got six draws, which could have been different, and great staff. Stories like that are stories - that is all they are," he added.

"It is completely out of my control and is nothing to do with football, nothing to do with what we have to do on Saturday. It is nothing to do with it - that is the only thing that I would want to talk about."