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Murty: Reading still special

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08:50 26th February 2013

Former skipper humbled by support

Graeme was speaking exclusively to Reading FC Player - click here for more.

Former Royals skipper Graeme Murty says he is humbled by the support he still receives from Reading fans.

The legendary full back, who is currently an Academy coach down the road with Southampton, was at Madejski Stadium for the clash with Wigan Athletic this past weekend.

“I’ve been shocked a little bit with how many people recognised me and came up and asked for autographs,” said Graeme.

“I work at Southampton and really enjoy it but when you have been at a club at 11 years it also remains a special place, so I want them both to be in the Premier League. More than anything it’s where they deserve to be.”

‘Murts’ is clearly enjoying life as a coach – and with former Royals stars such as Phil Parkinson currently enjoying the managerial limelight, admitted that he would love to have the chance to manage in the Football League one day.

“I’d like to be the guy putting the methodology down and my stamp on things. Players should reflect the personality of their manager and I think it’s something I’d like to do, I’d like to imprint my way of playing on a team. I think I’ve got the capability, it’s just if I get the chance and if I’m brave enough to back myself.”

Finally, the 38-year-old didn’t hesitate too much when asked about his favourite memory in a Reading shirt – and revealed that there was one well-known figure at the club who seemed to be avoiding him on Saturday afternoon!

“Best moment has to be the penalty and battering Kingsley! He’s terrified of me! I understand why, he’s never been the same since…”

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