Reading manager Brian McDermott has credited Newcastle boss Alan Pardew for setting the Royals on the path to the Premier League.
Pardew was in charge at the Madejski Stadium from 1999 to 2003 before leaving for West Ham in acrimonious circumstances. Although it was Steve Coppell who eventually took Reading into the top flight in 2006, McDermott feels Pardew was crucial in establishing the identity of the club. He told Sky Sports:
“Alan Pardew is a good friend of mine and I believe he set the identity for this club over a period of time. The tempo of the team, the passing game and work rate are second to none here and he set that trend. That’s been our identity for the past 12 years. Alan was the man who set Reading on course for the Premier League. I hope he gets a good reception on Saturday, but it will be what it will be. Everyone’s moved on from when he left for West Ham.”