Reading boss Brian McDermott knows there will be no secrets when he locks horns with old friend and Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers in Monday's npower Championship play-off final.
Rodgers worked with the Reading Academy from 1995 and after leaving nine years later to join up with Chelsea, returned to the club as manager in June 2009. McDermott spent time alongside Rodgers during both spells at the Berkshire club and believes his counterpart has proven a "hell of a lot" during his time in south Wales.
"We get on brilliant," he said of the pair's relationship. "We are good friends. I did the under-17s and he helped me with that, and then under-19s he helped me with that. Then he was academy manager here for a while, went to Chelsea as youth team manager and ended at Watford as manager."
He added: "There's no real secrets, I'll know how Swansea play he'll know how Reading play. Then you leave it to the players on the day.
"He's proved a hell of a lot since July at Swansea.
Now they're in the play-off final and that has proved he has done a fantastic job. It was a good fit for him with the style of play, they have had a team that has done really will over four to five years under (Roberto) Martinez, (Paulo) Sousa and now Brendan and I'm delighted for him."
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