Sunday 25 February 2018

Steven Reid reviews his options after release by West Brom

Steven Reid has recently been released by West Bromwich Albion (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Steven Reid has recently been released by West Bromwich Albion (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Garry Doyle

STEVEN REID is considering his future after his contract with West Bromwich Albion came to an end yesterday.

The former Ireland international, who won the last of his 23 caps in 2008 and has spent four years at The Hawthorns, has been offered a coaching role with the club's academy.

Reid also has the option of continuing playing, with both Burnley and Wigan keen to secure his services.

Newly-promoted Burnley are managed by Sean Dyche, whom Reid befriended when they were team-mates at Millwall.

Reid has admitted that he is ashamed by what happened at West Brom last season as a year which began with promise almost ended in disaster, the Baggies avoiding relegation only on the final day of the campaign.

"We are talking about a horrible season," said Reid. "It should have been so much better.

"We held Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham home and away, beat Manchester United and drew with Arsenal and Liverpool. And yet we nearly went down.

"As someone who has been in the top flight for so long, the thought of being in a relegated side horrified me because I am the type of person who would have remembered this one bad year rather than my 11 good Premier League seasons.

"That's just my make-up. I am a deep thinker – something that has been my greatest friend but also my worst enemy. It got me back from two career-threatening injuries – that ability to think things through and prove people wrong.

"The last four months have been so tough. I've had 11 years in the Premier League and never had a problem with relegation.

"It mattered desperately to me that we stayed up. I worked hard to get to play at the top level and then to overcome my knee problem.

"The pressure in the last month has been the worst I have ever known.

"I have played in the World Cup but nothing is as intense as playing a game where you know a defeat might send you nearer the drop zone."

Irish Independent

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