Date: 14th October 2010 at 6:28pm
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Jobi McAnuff says he is looking forward to Reading’s re-union with Brendan Rodgers on Saturday at the Madejski Stadium.

McAnuff was signed by Rodgers when he was manager of the Royals and he has much respect for the Irishman – now in charge at Swansea City.

After a two-week break, League football returns this weekend with both Reading and Swansea City equally matched in the Championship on 16 points from 10 games.

McAnuff said:

“Brendan brought me to Reading and he`s a top man,”

“He`s someone I`ve always got on well with and during both of my playing spells under him at Watford and here.

“I`d like to think he`ll get a good reception. Obviously what happened was a bit unfortunate but that`s part and parcel of football management. I`m sure he`s big enough to take it on the chin and get on with it.

“He`s had a good start to the season with Swansea so I`m pleased for him. He`s a really good guy and I wish him lots of luck and success – apart from this Saturday.”


Brendan Rodgers has already been reunited with one of his former clubs this season- Watford – where he won his League away game of the season with the Swans after previously losing every match on our travels this season.

Rodgers admitted that he made the wrong decision to join Reading when he did, after doing a good job at Watford, but he was unable to continue that success with the Royals, and was sacked after a poor run of results.

McAnuff added:

“With Brendan down it will obviously add a bit of extra spice to the game,”

“He`ll be desperate to come here and get a good result.

“It should be a decent game because Swansea obviously pass the ball well. The main thing for us is we get the right result.”

“The key thing is time,”

“Things turned around for us in January and I suppose one of the pitfalls these days is that managers don`t get as much time as they should. But it`s a results business and sometimes people make decisions. Fortunately for us it worked out.

“Results now compared to a year ago are night and day. It`s nice to be there or there abouts right now. We came from nowhere towards the back end of last season and went close to sneaking into the play-offs.

“We just want to keep in touch with the top teams and the play-offs and I think we`re fairly happy with where we are at the moment.”