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Peter Reid
Peter Reid Sunderland 1998small.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth 20 June 1956 (1956-06-20) (age 53)
Place of birth Huyton, Merseyside, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Stoke City (assistant manager)
Youth career
Huyton Boys
Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1982 Bolton Wanderers 225 (23)
1982–1989 Everton 159 (8)
1989–1990 Queens Park Rangers 29 (1)
1990–1993 Manchester City 103 (1)
1993–1994 Southampton 7 (0)
1994 Notts County 5 (0)
1994–1995 Bury 1 (0)
Total 529 (33)
National team
England U-21s 6 (?)
1985–1988 England 13 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1993 Manchester City
1995 England U-21s
1995–2002 Sunderland
2003 Leeds United
2004–2005 Coventry City
2008–2009 Thailand
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Peter Reid (born 20 June 1956 in Huyton, Liverpool, is an English football manager, pundit and former player.

In his playing career Reid played for several clubs, including Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Queens Park Rangers, as well as representing his country, after which he managed Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds United, Coventry City and Thailand. He is currently the assistant manager of Stoke City[1][2].


Playing career

Reid signed professional forms with Bolton Wanderers in 1974. He first won a medal when Bolton won the championship of the Football League Second Division in 1978, but he only enjoyed two seasons of First Division football before Bolton were relegated.

He was transferred to Everton for a cut-price fee of £60,000 in 1982 only 12 months after a much larger fee had been mooted - a succession of injuries had cut the price.

At club level his greatest achievement was as part of the Everton team which in 1984 won the FA Cup, in 1985 and 1987 the Football League championship and in 1985 the European Cup Winners' Cup. They nearly won a unique treble but lost 1–0 to Manchester United in the 1985 FA Cup final. In that game, Reid was recklessly challenged by Manchester United defender Kevin Moran who became the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup final.

At his peak Reid was rated by many as the finest midfield enforcer in Europe. He was voted PFA Footballer of the Year in 1985, the same year that he collected a Football League title and European Cup Winner's Cup winner's medal. Reid's form was so good that year, he came 4th in the World Soccer player of the year award behind only Michel Platini, Preban Elkjaer and Diego Maradona.

He made 167 appearances (eight as substitute) for Everton. In 2006, Peter Reid was awarded with the 'Everton Giant' accolade.

Reid won 13 caps for England. Given his chance by the injuries to other players, he became the linchpin of the England team in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. In the England v Argentina quarter-final at that tournament Reid was one of the England players left behind by Diego Maradona as he burst from inside his own half to score his second goal.

Reid signed for Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer in 1989 but only stayed for one season (1989-90) before signing for Manchester City, who were managed by former Everton manager Howard Kendall.

Managerial career


Manchester City

Reid's managerial career began in November 1990 at Manchester City. Reid was appointed player-manager after Howard Kendall resigned to begin the second of his three spells at Everton. In 1990–91, Manchester City finished fifth (one place above neighbours Manchester United) and equalled this achievement the following season. In the first season of the Premier League (1992–93), City slipped into ninth place with an increasingly stale brand of 'long ball' football and Reid was sacked after a poor start to the following season.

Reid bought Keith Curle and Terry Phelan for £2.5 million each. Colin Hendry was sold to be eventually replaced by Michel Vonk. Clive Allen was also. Similar rumours surrounded the sale of youngster Michael Hughes who was sold and replaced by Rick Holden.


Following his dismissal by Manchester City, in October 1993 Reid was persuaded by Ian Branfoot to resume his playing career with Southampton who were then in the middle of a crisis, with the Saints fans calling for Branfoot to be sacked with the club having lost eight of their first nine games. Reid brought a touch of guile and stability to the Saints side and despite playing only eight games he made a major contribution to the team's fortunes as Saints' season started to come together, leading them to some important victories, most specially over Newcastle United on 24 October 1993 in which Matthew Le Tissier scored two goals. His final game for Saints was a 3–1 victory over Chelsea on 28 December 1993.[3]

Branfoot was sacked a few days later (after a home defeat by Norwich City). Reid was touted as a possible replacement for Branfoot, but he stated that, as Branfoot had brought him to the club, it would only be fair that he left as well. Reid then had brief playing spells with Notts County and Bury before he retired from playing.


Reid made his return to management in March 1995 with Sunderland, who were battling relegation in the First Division. He kept the club up and the following season they were crowned champions of the division and were promoted to the Premier League. In 1996 a group of Sunderland fans operating under the name Simply Red and White had a top 50 hit with the song Cheer Up Peter Reid – an altered version of the song Daydream Believer. The season they were relegated back to the First Division after losing their final game of the season.

Sunderland missed automatic promotion by one place in 1997–98, and drew 4–4 with Charlton Athletic in the Division play-off final. Reid's side missed out on promotion after losing 7–6 in a penalty shoot out in one of the most dramatic games ever seen at Wembley. The following season Sunderland bounced back from this defeat, winning the First Division with a then-record breaking 105 points.

Throughout 1999–2000, Sunderland were competing for a place in European competition but in the end missed out after finishing in seventh place. Still, Reid's team had achieved one of the highest finishes ever achieved by a Premier League team in the season after promotion. Striker Kevin Phillips was the highest league scorer in England and Europe with 30 goals in the Premier League, and therefore won the golden boot that season, which currently still stands as the last Englishman to win the accolade. Reid also had a brief spell as manager of the England under-21 team in this season. For a while in 2000–01, Sunderland were second in the league and it looked as though they would secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League, but their form dipped in the final stages of the season and again they finished seventh.

Reid's team suffered a downturn in the 2001–02 season ending up one place above the relegation zone and with just 28 goals from 38 games – fewer than any other team in the division. In a bid to halt the decline, Reid paid a club record £6.75million for Norwegian striker Tore André Flo from Rangers but was unsuccessful. Reid was let go in October 2002 after nearly eight years as Sunderland manager.

Leeds United

Reid was out of work until March 2003, when he was appointed interim manager of Leeds United after the dismissal of Terry Venables. The Elland Road club had been hit by £80 million debts after their £100 million outlay on new players in the space of five seasons had failed to land them a trophy. Reid looked to be the man to reverse the decline, especially after a 6–1 away win over Charlton Athletic and a 3–2 away win over Arsenal which ended the opposition's title hopes. After keeping Leeds up, he was awarded the job on a permanent basis.

Leeds were still in a poor financial state and Reid was forced to sell Harry Kewell and bring in cheaper signings from abroad as replacements. His new signings failed to gel and he was fired in November 2003 after a 6–1 defeat against newly-promoted Portsmouth. Although many of his signings left Leeds after the club was relegated, Kevin Blackwell, who Reid had bought to Leeds as assistant manager, later went on to become manager in 2004.

Coventry City

Reid was appointed manager of First Division side Coventry City in May 2004 with the aim of getting the club promoted to the Premier League. His spell at Highfield Road lasted only eight months as he departed on 6 January 2005 with the club 20th in the Championship.

In late 2006, it was rumoured that Reid would be returning to Sunderland as Director of Football under new chairman Niall Quinn, who had played under Reid at Manchester City and Sunderland, but this appointment never happened.

Thailand national team

After an absence from management of nearly four years Reid became manager of Thailand in September 2008, having been linked with the position earlier in the year.[1][2] He signed a four-year contract with an aim of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[4] He admitted to not knowing much about Thai football, and refers to his players by squad numbers rather than their tongue-twisting Thai names. Reid said "I was surprised by the players' ability and I'm learning things about football I'd never have learnt in the Premier League, It's great for my football education. This is pure football and I love it."[5]

Reid's first assignment as the new national coach of Thailand, was to take part in the T&T Cup in Vietnam, a three team round robin tournament with hosts Vietnam and North Korea. Thailand beat North Korea in the first game of the tournament and then went on to draw with Vietnam to clinch the championship.[6] On 9 September 2009, the Thailand Football Association (FAT) announced that Peter Reid had left his position as manager, his contract was terminated by mutual consent after a year in charge.[7]

Stoke City

After Reid left the Thailand job on 10 September 2009, Stoke City confirmed his appointment as assistant manager.[8]

Punditry work

Since his days as manager of Sunderland Reid has made occasional appearances on Sky Sports and its related channels as a football pundit. With the decline of his managing career his appearances on these programmes gradually increased and as of 2007 he is a semi-regular on Sky Sports News's Saturday results programme. During the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, Reid worked for the BBC, often appearing alongside Lee Dixon in post-match analysis.[9] He now works as a pundit and provides match analysis for the Football Channel alongside Carlton Palmer. He also worked with Asia-based ESPN Star as a pundit prior to his appointment with the Thailand national team.[10]


As a player

Bolton Wanderers


As a Coach

Sunderland A.F.C.


Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1974-75 Bolton Wanderers Second Division 27 0
1975-76 42 2
1976-77 42 5
1977-78 38 9
1978-79 First Division 14 0
1979-80 17 3
1980-81 Second Division 18 2
1981-82 12 1
1982-83 15 1
1982-83 Everton First Division 7 0
1983-84 35 2
1984-85 36 2
1985-86 15 1
1986-87 16 1
1987-88 32 1
1988-89 18 1
1988-89 Queens Park Rangers First Division 14 1
1989-90 15 0
1989-90 Manchester City First Division 18 1
1990-91 30 0
1991-92 31 0
1992-93 Premier League 20 0
1993-94 4 0
1993-94 Southampton Premier League 7 0
1993-94 Notts County First Division 5 0
1994-95 Bury Third Division 1 0
Total England 529 33
Career Total 529 33

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Manchester City England November 1990 August 1993 131 56 44 31 42.7
England U-21s England 1995 1995
Sunderland England March 1995 October 2002 353 159 99 95 45.0
Leeds United England March 2003 November 2003 22 6 12 4 27.3
Coventry City England June 2004 January 2005 31 10 13 8 32.3
Thailand Thailand September 2008 September 2009 17 9 4 4 53.3


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Peter Reid
Personal information
Full name Peter Reid
Date of birth 20 June 1956 (1956-06-20) (age 54)
Place of birth    Huyton, Liverpool, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Youth clubs
Bolton Wanderers
Senior clubs
Years Club
Bolton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers
Manchester City
Notts County
National team
1985-1988 England
Teams managed
Manchester City
England U-21
Leeds United
Coventry City

Peter Reid is a football manager. He manages for Thailand national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1974-75Bolton WanderersSecond Division270
1978-79First Division140
1980-81Second Division182
1982-83EvertonFirst Division70
1988-89Queens Park RangersFirst Division141
1989-90Manchester CityFirst Division181
1992-93Premier League200
1993-94SouthamptonPremier League70
1993-94Notts CountyFirst Division50
1994-95BuryThird Division10
CountryEngland 52933
Total 52933

International career statistics


England national team



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