Reading boss Paul Ince was full of praise for his former Manchester United teammate, Mark Robins, and his Coventry City team.

The pair were teammates at Old Trafford in the early 1990s, winning the 1990 FA Cup and 1991 European Cup Winners Cup together.

Robins, who played five times for Reading in 1997, has been in charge of the Sky Blues since 2017 and has taken them from the fourth tier into the second.

Enduring a difficult start, with the club forced to play most of their matches away from home due to an unplayable surface in the aftermatch of the Commonwealth Games, it has gotten worse in recent days.

Owner of the Coventry Building Society Arena, former Newcastle United chief Mike Ashley, has issued the club with an eviction notice- less than three years after they returned to playing in the city.

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Speaking ahead of their clash on Saturday, Ince was full of praise for the experienced manager in the other dugout.

"Robbo’s done a great job there," he said. "He’s probably the longest-serving manager in the Championship, which is a credit to the owners, allowing the manager time to build what he wants to build. With all the politics going on behind the scenes, with the stadium, it’s been tough for him and the fans, so to see them play well is great.

"He’s always played good football. They had so many games cancelled, and they were on eight points you’d think they might struggle, but all of a sudden, they win four out of five and they’re up there. They’re a good team and it will be a tough game for us."