Eamonn Dolan: From St James’ Park to Old Trafford
Former Exeter City manger and player Eamonn Dolan will manage his new club Reading to a difficult away game at Manchester United this weekend.
The City legend was appointed caretaker manager of Premier League side Reading following the sacking of Brian McDermott on Monday.
Dolan gave his first press conference today, telling the media he did not know if a new appointment was likely to be made before the next trip to Arsenal on March 30.
"It's been a difficult week for everybody," he said.
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"The players were on the floor at the start of the week.
"The owner has asked me to take the team on Saturday. That's my only thought. That's the honest answer."
Dolan's only first-team managerial experience was at Exeter, when they were outside the Football League, a decade ago.
But the 45-year-old has said he will not be fazed by the weekend’s opposition:
"They're the best football club in the world and the best manager of all time," he said.
"But I won't be thinking about that tomorrow.
"We need to get a result. I think Reading Football Club deserves to be in the Premier League."
Asked if he would be able to pick his players up following McDermott's exit, he added: "This group are a great group of players. I've trained them in the past few days.
"You are not going to get a better group.
"They are just great people. They respected Brian. It has been a natural human emotion that they were disappointed after he left.
"We need to get a result."
Dolan joined Exeter in 1991, and this marked the beginning of a thirteen-year association with the club, although he only managed 26 league appearances as his career was cut short when he developed cancer.
However, he survived the condition, and continued to serve the Grecians as Football in the community officer, youth￼ coach, caretaker manager, and finally full-time manager, taking over after the club's relegation from the Football League in 2003.