Wednesday 02 May 2012

Reid: Baggies will find the right boss

West Bromwich Albion defender says club will find the right man to replace Roy Hodgson

Steven Reid has worked with Roy Hodgson since the manager took over in February 2011

West Bromwich Albion defender Steven Reid says he is confident the Baggies will find the right man to replace departing manager Roy Hodgson.

The Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that Hodgson would be taking charge of the England team at the end of the current Barclays Premier League season.

Reid said it was a 'massive blow' to lose Hodgson, although he backed the appointment and said Hodgson deserved the chance to lead his country.

"I'm going to miss him, and selfishly, I'm gutted that he's gone"
- Steven Reid

And the 31-year-old said Albion's board had a good track record when it came to shrewd managerial appointments.

"The last two have been unbelievable - Roberto di Matteo got promotion and now at Chelsea he's taking them to an FA Cup final and Champions League final," Reid told West Brom's official website.

"And now Roy Hodgson is going to be the next England manager, so it's going to be a big job to fill the boots of those two for a start.

"I don't think we need to be concerned, though. The players have developed and matured so much now no matter which head coach comes in and we feel we can continue how we've been doing over the last two years.

"We can continue establishing ourselves."

Improved

Former Republic of Ireland international Reid has worked under Hodgson since the manager's arrival at the Hawthorns in February 2011.

He said Hodgson was a superb boss who had made him a better player.

"It's a massive loss [for Albion], there's no two ways about that," he said.

"I'm going to miss him, and selfishly, I'm gutted that he's gone.

"I think the future is bright for England"
- Steven Reid

"I'm 31 now and I've improved so much since he's been at the club, both defensively and tactically and with my knowledge of the game.

"For the young lads who have worked with him over the last couple of years, and the young lads who are going to work with him for England, they couldn't ask for a better manager or coach.

"He's well up there and it's great to see him get the job after the career he's had."

Reid has also urged England fans to back the new manager.

"I think the future is bright for England," he said.

"I'm sure he will not only develop the team but I'm sure he'll have a big influence on the development at Burton [where the FA is building England's new national training base].

"I just hope he gets the time to get his ideas across."

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Key Points

  • Defender backs Baggies to find right man to replacing departing Roy Hodgson
  • Boss is taking charge of England national team at the end of the season
  • Reid says Hodgson has made him a better player