Royals boss ahead of Stoke
Brian, not long until the Premier League season – do you allow yourself to get excited or are you keeping your feet on the ground?
Listen, we’re looking forward to it now. We’ll prepare ourselves this week and we’ll be ready. I’m watching as much as I can on Stoke, looking at their strengths and weaknesses. Every opponent I’ve been up against has been tough and this will be exactly the same.
How do you see Stoke – tough opponents I assume?
We have the utmost respect for Tony Pulis and Stoke and what they’ve achieved over a number of years. We came up at a similar time, but they stayed in the league. Tony’s got them into Europe and what he’s done has been phenomenal. He’s a role model for me and their club is a role model for Reading.
There's been an increase in coverage and press at the training ground – I guess that’s something you expect being in the Premier League?
With the Olympics being on there wasn’t much press here, but now it’s full on as the Premier League is nearly upon us. We have three games in a short space of time, but we’ll concentrate on the first one against Stoke. Hopefully it’ll be a full house at the Madejski – which is a great place to be. It feels real for the first time since we got promotion. Especially doing the radio show, having lots of TV around the place - it's finally sinking in.