Iconic EFL manager Neil Warnock labelled Reading 'special' when discussing his career on the Peter Crouch Podcast.

The 75-year-old is the most successful EFL manager in history, winning eight promotions in the last four decades.

A regular against Reading, most prominently with the likes of Sheffield United, QPR and Cardiff City, the veteran was a figure Royals supporters loved to hate.

Sent off more times at the SCL Stadium than any other ground in his career, there were notable bust-ups between coaching staff and players when Warnock was in the opposing dugout.

However, it is not all hate. There is an underlying respect for the club from Warnock, who spoke very fondly of the club after they were relegated at his Huddersfield Town team in May.

Speaking with former Reading star Steve Sidwell on Peter Crouch's popular podcast, Warnock said: "I’ve always had banter with Reading fans. If you look back at my career, some of the best games of my life and sent off a couple of times. Reading have always been special. Their fans gave me stick but I think they appreciated me as well. We’ve always had banter like that."

Perhaps the most famous clash came in 2007 when his Sheffield United team lost 1-0 in the Premier League.

Northern Ireland international Keith Gillespie was on the field for under 10 seconds before punching Royals winger Stephen Hunt and being sent off, causing a scuffle between Warnock and coach Wally Downes.