A key part of the Everton side that challenged the red dominance on
Merseyside in the early 1980s, Reid lifted the League Championship,
two League Cups, the FA Cup and the Cup-Winners Cup. His contribution
was recognised by his peers in 1985 when he won the PFA Players'
Player of the Year.
He started out in management at Maine Road, and after a couple of
top half finishes - the sort of position that Man City would now kill
for - a poor start to his third season saw him given the boot by Peter
Swales. He moved on to Roker in 1995 when the Black Cats were in
danger of dropping down to Division 2, but he stabilised the team in
his first couple of months, and the following season led them to
promotion as champions. They struggled in the top flight and were
relegated straight away. After a play-off defeat by Charlton, Reid's
team were promoted once again as champions in 1999 winning the title
by a record margin.
Back in the top flight, Sunderland initially did okay thanks to the
goals of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn finishing 7th twice in a row.
But 2001/02 brought a relegation struggle and the fans started to
show their disaffection, and after spending a lot of money in
summer 2002 his side produced relegation form through 2002/03
leading to his dismissal after 9 games.
When Terry Venables' relationship with Peter Ridsdale and the board
finally fell apart in March 2003, Reid was quickly named as temporary
manager, with a brief to keep Leeds up in the remaining 8 games of the
After an initially positive start to the 2003-04 season, the club's
form slumped and Reid had a huge falling out with Mark Viduka - whose
goals had saved Leeds from the drop in 2002-03. When a poor run of
form was concluded with a 6-1 thrashing at Portsmouth, Reid's position
had clearly become untenable and he was sacked on the following
Dave Clark says: Captain of the Everton side that challenged the
red dominance on Merseyside in the early 1980s" -- wasn't that Kevin
Ratcliffe? I am not happy with the dispensing with of Lord Eddie. As
you said yourself, we will not find anyone better. Baby? Bathwater?
Why so fond of Erik Bakke? He could have played Okon there.
Ultimately what happens next season isn't up to Peter Reid, but Harry
Kewell and the board. We will not be signing any first class central
defenders, therefore we will ship goals. Keep Smith-Viduka-Kewell
together and we should score enough, if competently organised, to get
back into Europe. Otherwise - what's worth more, a transfer fee or a
premiership place? If we'd gone down would 9 million for Woodgate look
iain thompson says: as i am a leeds fan all my life Peter Reid is
Probably The Best thing to hapen to the club since david O'Leary
Sparkster says: Give Reidy the time he deserves, he will turn
things around for us. If anyone is to blame for the mess were in its
the board. Sack them before you even consider Reid's future.
Mary Brown says: I am disgusted by the treatment Peter Reid has
been given. While he was noit my first choice after the dabacle of
david oleary and then Venables, he never deserved what came his
way. How viduker keeps his job while reid does not tells all of the
problems in football Good luck Peter and I'll go and drown my many
sorrows after 42 years of following Leeds. By the way I could not
bring myself to say what I think about the board. Thanks Mary
M Medhurst says: I reckon he has done as good a job as was
possible. How can anyine do any thing more with a debt that is
strangling the club? Good players have been sold and no more money is
available. Surely the players are more than a little to blame for the
situation because they are on the pitch for 90 minutes and they are
the ones who play the game.