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McDermott denies Twitter problems

Reading manager Brian McDermott has moved to calm fears of unrest in his dressing room, following the recent Twitter rant by Adam Federici's girlfriend.

The Australian goalkeeper was dropped by McDermott for Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Tottenham, with Alex McCarthy taking his place between the sticks.

Federici's partner took to her now-deleted Twitter account after the match to express her anger at the Reading boss' decision.

Micaela Gardner tweeted: "Football has left me feeling totally numb and empty inside! For once I have NO explanation! #noloyalty #absolutejoke."

McDermott, however, was quick to deny any talk of problems behind the scenes at the club.

"There's nothing I can do about someone's Twitter feed," he said. "I can't help what players or their girlfriends put on Twitter - if that's the case, then it's a shame. The fact of the matter is that I spoke to Adam and made a decision that Alex McCarthy was going to play. No player at the club has a position that means they will play every week - no player."

Despite dropping Federici, McDermott was still full of praise for his goalkeeper.

"Adam Federici has done fantastic for me and I know him really well as a person and player. He works really hard, but things haven't gone his way at the start of the season so Alex has come into the team. It's no different for a full-back, centre-half or striker.

"If there is Twitter stuff going on and there are emotional messages then there is not a lot I can do about that. I'm not one of these managers that says you will get fined £1,000 for going on Twitter."

Meanwhile, midfielder Jem Karacan has signed a new contract with Reading, tying him down until 2015.

The academy graduate, now in his ninth year with the Royals, was over the moon to commit his future to the club.

"I'm delighted to get it done. We've been in negotiations for a while so it's nice to finally put pen to paper," he told Reading's official website.

"I have to thank the gaffer, especially as he's just offered me a new deal. He's been great and has given the youngsters a chance to prove themselves - you don't see too many clubs doing that."

McDermott was also pleased with extending the contract of a player who finished second in the voting for the club's 2011-2012 player of the season.

"We are delighted that Jem has committed to us,"he said. "He's been an integral part of what we've been trying to do. He's a great lad who is very much one of our own and we're really pleased that he has signed a new deal."


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