REIDY GREEDY FOR PREM RETURN (19 July 2009)
Reidy, a key part of Everton’s greatest-ever team in the 1980s under Howard Kendall, is now manager of Thailand, who play Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in Bangkok.
But the former Manchester City and Sunderland boss believes he should still be battling with clubs like Liverpool as a Premier League manager.
Reid, 53, revealed in an exclusive interview with the Daily Star Sunday: “I love it here in Thailand and it’s been a good move for me but my ambition has always been to return to management in the Premier League.
“And when I look back at my record – finishing fifth, fifth and ninth at City and twice taking Sunderland to seventh – I feel I belong there.
“The problem for me was that with all the clubs I was at, I never had enough money to compete with the really top boys in the Premier League.
“When I look at what is happening now at one of my old clubs – City – and all the money they’ve got and the signings they are making, it’s incredible. It’s also fantastic for the fans.
“Whether they can break into the top four – maybe next season will be too soon. I’d have some concerns about them at the back but they are trying to address that and have the resources to do it.
“But Gareth Barry is a great signing and Stephen Ireland was magnificent last season. They’ll be an exciting attacking force at home, although they might have to change the system away from home.
“One area they don’t have to worry about is in goal. I signed Shay Given on loan from Blackburn when he was 19 and he was one of the reasons for winning my first promotion at Sunderland.
“He was one of the reasons Newcastle went down last season, when they sold him to City. For me, he’s up there with Peter Schmeichel for consistency in the Premier League.”
Reid, an England World Cup player who also managed Leeds and Coventry, had to move to the football-fanatical Far East to get back into the game with the sort of challenge he wanted.
He said: “I’m down to my playing weight and really enjoying spending most of my time on the training ground – something you can’t do as a Premier League manager, because of all your other responsibilities.
“It’s also a great experience to be an international manager and so far we’ve lost only three of my 15 matches and two of those were against Saudi Arabia, who are a strong side.
“Clearly, there are language problems but I get out there and demonstrate what I want. I’ve learned a few phrases.
“In Thai, shut down is ‘beep’ and shoot is ‘ying.’ So I spend the whole match beeping and yinging!
“My No.2 is another Scouse lad – Steve Darby – and he’s been a big help because he’s been out here 12 years and understands the culture.
“The Premier League is held in the highest regard out here – they adore it.
“There will be a 45,000 full house for the Liverpool match and I’m delighted Rafa Benitez is bringing his team here.”
Reid, who has already won the T and T Cup with Thailand and finished runner-up in the-prestigious Suzuki Cup, believes Liverpool will be even more of a threat to Manchester United this season.
He’ll watch the season’s dramas unfold from afar and in the meantime strive to win his “derby” with Liverpool – and improve even further on his impressive 53 per cent win record as Thailand boss.
source : http://www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/89817/Reidy-greedy-for-Prem-return/