Steve Evans believes that Brian McDermott will receive a warm reception from the Leeds United supporters when he returns to Elland Road in the opposition dugout this weekend, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
The Reading boss spent just over a year with the Whites, and while he was unable to lead the club back to the Premier League during his tenure, he earned a lot of respect for the way he conducted himself while the team continued to be plagued by off-field issues that made a promotion push nearly impossible.
And the current United boss believes that he will rightfully receive a positive welcome when he brings the Royals to Yorkshire on Saturday.
"Brian will come back and he'll get a wonderful ovation from the Leeds United supporters I'm sure. So he should," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
While Evans has suggested that McDermott will get a good reception, he will be hoping that events on the pitch prove to be less positive for the former Arsenal player.
United go into the game off the back of arguably their best display since Evans arrived at the club as they beat Birmingham City 2-1 at St Andrew's on Tuesday, while they also put in a promising performance against league leaders Burnley last weekend.
And with Reading losing their last two games, Leeds may well fancy their chances of spoiling McDermott's return, but only after they acknowledge the contribution that he made during his time as boss.