In one of the most surprising pieces of news this summer, it has been announced that Steven Reid has left Reading with immediate effect. A statement on the official website read:
Reading Football Club announces that Steven Reid's employment with the Club has ended with effect from today to enable Steven to pursue new opportunities and challenges.
Steven is an exciting and ambitious coach who wishes to enhance his experience within the game.
We are grateful for Steven's contribution to the Club and wish him the very best for the future.
The former Blackburn Rovers and West Brom defender was brought to the Royals as a first team coach in the summer of 2015 by then manager Steve Clarke. He has since also worked under Brian McDermott and Jaap Stam.
The news does seem to be a little bid odd as Reid appeared to be a key member of Stam’s staff and gave an interview just last month about his hopes for the new campaign.
The 36-year-old completed his UEFA Pro Licence in Poland this summer and one can only presume that he has another coaching opportunity lined up, perhaps even as a manager lower down the league ladder.
The Tilehurst End would like to wish Steven the best of luck wherever his career takes him next, maybe we’ll see him back in the Madejski Stadium dugout one day! ;)