Word on the Tweet: Reading stars past and present thank departed McDermott

The Premier League strugglers axed the 51-year-old, prompting players to praise his efforts, while Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand reveals which position he would love to play
Reading revealed on Monday they had axed Brian McDermott after four straight defeats in the Premier League.

The club’s players have been quick to thank him for guiding them to promotion from the Championship last season.

Elsewhere, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand chooses his ideal playing role and picks his favourite players in that position, because a stried career in defence jsut hasn't been enough.

Read on for all this and more in Goal.com’s latest offering of Word on the Tweet.

“Want to say thanks to Brian for everything he did for me especially. He's been a Great Manager,Man and Friend to me and will be missed!”

Reading’s Noel Hunt has kind words for Brian McDermott following his departure from Reading.

“Now's the time to remember what B.M and THIS TEAM have achieved for RFC #LEGENDS #HISTORY #AGAINSTALLODDS Let's reflect on that..#9GAMESTOGO”

While Hunt’s team-mate Jason Roberts reflects on the impact his old manager had at the club, becoming EMOTIONAL in getting his MESSAGE ACROSS.

“Very sad to see Brian sacked at Reading fc. Done wonders for the club as manager and behind the scenes over many years. True gentleman”

Ex-Reading and current Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell praises McDermott’s efforts during his spell at the club.

“Champs league week my predictions Barcelona qualify Bayern as much as it hurts to say Galatasaray qualify Malaga qualify”

QPR forward Jay Bothroyd gives us some top tips ahead of this week's Champions League action. #Bothroydsbacking anyone?.

“#ificouldplayanyposition I'd play no.10, no shin pads, socks down, shirt out + use my studs to manipulate the ball at every opportunity!”

Rio Ferdinand: silky playmaker?

“#ificouldplayanyposition Rui Costa, Totti, Paulo Futre, Hagi, Giannini silky players them lot!”

The Manchester United man goes on to list his favourite players in the role. How did he end up at the back?

“Thinking about practice of freekicks in training with @chrisbrunt11 i was devastated when kicked 3 in a row in the top corner #quality”

Romelu Lukaku gets all competitive practising free kicks with West Brom team-mate Chris Brunt.

“Green tea to start your day,morning”

QPR defender Chris Samba reveals the secret behind his success.