Leeds United manager Brian McDermott is already relishing the prospect of returning to his former club Reading.

The Championship fixtures were released on Wednesday and McDermott doesn't have to wait long for a return to the Madejski Stadium, as his side travel south on September 17.

And the 52-year-old, who spent 13 years at the Berkshire club, believes it will be a special occasion returning to the club.

"For me that will be a special game because I never really had a chance to say goodbye to anyone at the ground," McDermott told the club's official website. "So it will be nice to go back and say hello to a few people."

"I had 13 years there and I like to think I had a good time and I enjoyed my time there with the managers I worked under and as a manager myself.

"The fans were good to me there so it will be nice to go back."

McDermott led the Royals to the Premier League in the 2011/12 season for only the second time in their history before being sacked in March last season before the club's relegation.

Leeds United Club ambassador Eddie Gray acknowledges the occasion for McDermott but he also knows that he will be eager to gain all three points.

"I think he still feels a bit aggrieved about what happened at Reading, probably rightly so," said Gray. "It is always quite emotional when a manager returns to his old club, especially a club he served well and was successful.

"He'll be looking forward to going back and I'm sure that nothing would give him more pleasure than picking up the three points there."

McDermott began his spell at Reading in 2000, when he joined Alan Pardew's squad becoming chief scout. He went on to become the under-19s and reserve-team manager before taking over as caretaker first-team manager following the departure of Brendan Rodgers.


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