Brian McDermott dismisses reports of a bust-up with Danny Guthrie after axing the midfielder
Brian McDermott has dismissed reports of a bust-up with Danny Guthrie after axing him for Reading's draw with Fulham.
Last Updated: 02/11/12 7:12am
McDermott confirmed he had spoken with Guthrie, who joined from Newcastle this summer, about his exclusion from the squad.
But the Royals boss denied suggestions the 25-year-old had been told to stay away from the club following his reaction to being left out.
"There's no bust-up. He wasn't selected to play for the game," said McDermott.
"So I don't know where the reports are coming from. Danny was training yesterday.
"I try to have a conversation with the players that are not involved and I did have a conversation with him.
"Listen, if players are not in the side at this football club, they support the players that are in the side - that's what's got to happen.
"You get paid to play when you're selected. And when you're not selected, support the players that are.
"That's what we've had over a long period of time. That's the culture of this football club."