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Reid ready for back-seat role under Pulis at Stoke

Peter Reid insists has he has no qualms about working as a No.2 to Stoke manager Tony Pulis ahead of his move to the Britannia Stadium.

The former Sunderland and Manchester City boss is currently managing the Thai national side but has been lined up by Pulis for a key role in the Potters' backroom staff.

Reid claims he has reached agreement with the Football Association of Thailand to allow him to take up the role of assistant manager.

"Once everything was sorted out with the Thai FA, which was important because I did have three years left on a deal there and I didn't want to upset anyone there, I was delighted to say yes and be part of it,'' he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I enjoyed it there. The players are technically very very good. It's a great place to live in terms of the culture and the climate.

"But the Premier League is the greatest league in the world and I'm English through and through. Even though it was very difficult to leave, it was always my ambition to come back here and work.''

Although he has also managed clubs such as Leeds United and Coventry City, Reid is happy to be taking a behind-the-scenes role with Stoke.

"I did the same thing at Manchester City and England Under-21s, so it's not a problem," Reid said. "The role is fine, it will do for me as long as I can have an impact here and help this club grow stronger.

"The club has done fantastic to get to the Premier League and my job is to help the players and Tony to improve."


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