Former Chelsea coach Brendan Rodgers has revealed how Jose Mourinho urged him to leave Watford and take the Reading job this week.

Rodgers, 36, quit Watford yesterday after just 192 days in charge to succeed Steve Coppell at the Madejski Stadium.

He began his coaching career with the Royals before being head-hunted by former Chelsea boss Mourinho, who is now in charge of Inter Milan.

Rodgers said: "I spoke with Jose before coming here. He was great for me as he helped nurture my career. He's someone I can go to and get advice.

"When the approach came from Reading I spoke with him and he said 'go for it'.

"He knew Reading when they were in the Premier League. He remarked that the atmosphere at the stadium was fantastic."