John Carver linked up with Reading manager Steve Clarke this week.
The former Newcastle United head coach – who left St James’s Park in the summer – is looking to get back into work.
And Carver spent a few days watching the Championship side train at Hogwood Park.
Clarke knows Carver well from their time together on Tyneside working under Ruud Gullit and Sir Bobby Robson.
“John was down,” Clarke told GetReading. “He’s my mate.
“I’ve known John since I was in Newcastle. He worked with me and Ruud Guillt and then he worked with me and Sir Bobby.
“We’ve always kept in touch and are good friends.
“He’s out of the game just now, and I knew he was coming down to watch Crystal Palace against Sunderland, so I invited him down the training ground to watch us train.
“It was good to see him.”