He said: “Look at Reading. Four wins on the trot is a terrific effort, a miracle. All credit to Steve’s team.
“Reading won’t get the credit they deserve, though. It is not Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea.
“Steve won’t worry about that. He has always been one of the country’s top managers. He had a spell when he nearly got forgotten but has come storming back.
“But you shouldn’t talk about the Champions League to Steve. It would be the worst thing that could happen to them, far too great a demand.”