Reading manager Brian McDermott backs Chris Armstrong tribute
Reading manager Brian McDermott has backed the planned tribute to Chris Armstrong at Saturday's FA Cup game.
Last Updated: 26/01/13 2:12pm
Left-back Armstrong spent five seasons with the Blades and three with the Royals before he was forced to retire from the game aged just 28 after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Fans have suggested the tribute as a mark of appreciation of Armstrong and McDermott supports the idea.
He said: "If that's what the Sheffield United and Reading fans wanted to do after three minutes then I think that would be very fitting for a person of the stature of Chris Armstrong - considering what he did for both Reading and Sheffield United, what he does as a person, and for football in general. I'd certainly join in."
McDermott was reserve-team boss at Reading when Armstrong joined in 2008 and then became manager the following year.
"I saw what he went through that summer, and we had to obviously keep things quiet," McDermott said.
"He worked every single day, he got himself into a situation where he played a couple of league games for us - which was amazing.
"It was incredible. The strength of character that he had to show was astonishing - what he's got inside, you can't bottle that."
Armstrong, who is currently taking his coaching badges, will not be able to attend Saturday's game as his daughter Frankie is celebrating her first birthday.