BBC Sport - I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Alan Pardew - Brian McDermott

Alan Pardew 'a great guy' - McDermott

Reading manager Brian McDermott pays tribute to Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, saying "if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here".

McDermott said he would "always be grateful" to his friend Pardew, who employed him as Reading's chief scout and under-17s coach in 2000.

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