Leeds have confirmed the appointment of Peter Reid as their new manager.
The caretaker-manager was appointed after Terry Venables was sacked earlier in the season and was charged with keeping the club in the Premier League. Last Sunday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, ensured Leeds Premiershop survival with a game to spare.
The 46-year-old former Manchester City and Sunderland boss, has been rewarded for his efforts by the Elland Road board with a one-year rolling contract.
As well as a wealth of experience of managing in the Premeir League, Reid also commanded the respect of the players. Chairman Professor John McKenzie is understood to have consulted the squad for their thoughts on a new manager and Reid was the unanimous choice.
The appointment represents a remarkable turnaound for Reid. He began the season at Sunderland but was sacked after the club’s poor start to the campaignb. While his former club have been relegated with the lowest points total in Premeir League history, Reid has bounced back.Moreover, as part of the deal that brought him to Ellland Road, he received a £500,000 pay-off for keeping Leeds in the top flight.
Reid was understandably delighted with his apppointment.
“I have got a few quid and if we’re successful I will get a few more. It’s a good deal and certainly very generous on the bonus side of it,” said Reid.
“To be manager of a club like this is a great challenge and one I am really looking forward to,” he told a news conference at Elland Road.
“This place is itching to get back into the big time and it’s my job to do that.
“This is a beginning. When you look at the league table, it hasn’t been great and we need to improve on that. The hard work starts here.
“There are no easy jobs in football, but this is a club with a great tradition and massive support.