"There's definitely lots of talented players in the A-League, but until they go and find out if they can do it in a higher league we won't know". The northern team will be the 49th different club to play in the Premier League since the competition's inaugural season in 1992.
"I've experienced it myself in my career".
And it's even more tense when you're not 100% sure what's going on.
Turning an unglamourous former mill town into a host venue for the star-studded line-ups of Chelsea, Manchester United and company is the stuff of dreams.
"It's special. I'm so proud for the players and so happy for the whole town". "I've just been in the dressing room, and they're all singing about Ian Holloway", he told the BBC.
The game was being played at walking pace, and it seemed as though both were deciding to put themselves through the lottery of a penalty shootout. "They had the opportunity to become legends and they have done it".
They saw off Reading thanks to on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward's save from Jordan Obita and a cool winning kick from Christopher Schindler.
Better known for being on Jurgen Klopp's coaching staff at Borussia Dortmund, the 45-year-old has proved an inspired selection.
"We are one year into the new broadcast rights arrangements and fans of these clubs will be fully aware of the financial reward for playing in the top flight next season", said Dan Jones, partner and head of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.
Brighton and Huddersfield will see revenue leap with at least an extra £95m, mainly from central distributions and parachute payments (totalling at least £75million) in 2018/19 and 2019/20 should they be relegated after one season. "He's a pal but it doesn't meant it won't be insane on the touchline".
As for Reading boss Jaap Stam, he too can look back on a campaign where his side exceeded expectations, although the blow of losing while within touching distance of the Premier League will take some time to get over.