Carragher surprised by Reid exile (24 July 2009)

Jamie Carragher was surprised Peter Reid's route back into management came via south-east Asia rather than with a team in England's top flight.

The 53-year-old signed a four-year contract to take charge of Thailand towards the end of last year, almost four years since his last job in charge of Coventry.

Reid's Thailand side held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok last night and Carragher feels the former Manchester City, Sunderland and Leeds boss' pedigree should have seen him offered a top position in England rather than having to search further afield.

'I think it is sad, not just Peter Reid but a lot of English managers find it hard to get a job in the Premier League,' he said.

'You look at his record with Manchester City and Sunderland and that he has to come out here to get a managing job is very strange.

'Not just his qualities as a manager but his qualities as a man, his character, they're the type of things that would definitely enhance the Premiership.

'As I said, I think his record in Premier League football is outstanding and I do think it's quite strange that he's had to come out here to get a job.'

Having taken a sixth-minute lead through Ryan Babel, Liverpool were pegged back by the hosts thanks to Sutee Sumsomkit's impressive finish after 71 minutes, leaving the Reds still searching for their first pre-season victory.

Boss Rafael Benitez warned before the game that his side would be fully extended by the Thais and Carragher felt the encounter was a good test for the Merseyside club.

'They worked very hard. Peter's teams are always difficult to beat and they proved that again,' he added.

'We are obviously disappointed we could not have held on and won because we have not won up until now.

'It was a decent game and they were right up for it, there was a good crowd. But as I said, it was pre-season and hopefully we can get better each game.'

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