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Reid on Murray resignation...

Reid on Murray resignation...

Former manager Peter Reid has spoken candidly for the first time about his time as manager under Bob Murray.

The man who spent 7 years under Bob Murray, who yesterday confirmed his intentions to resign as Sunderland chairman after 20 years, revealed that while Murray is a strong character with the club at heart, he did make costly mistakes,

'Bob and I had a good working relationship. I would not say we were really close, but we had good times together.' Reid told the Sunderland Echo.

'He was an interesting character to work for - a very strong chairman and I had a great seven-and-a-half-years there.

'We got the stadium and academy built and they are world class. They were the great things he gave the club.'

And while he believes the stadium and academy will be Murray's legacy at the club, Reid did admit what all Sunderland fans already knew, that the successful seasons of consecutive 7th place finishes were not adequately built upon,

'When we needed to push on I felt that the chairman was content to stand still in terms of when to put the money in.

'I felt it was too late when he let me buy Flo, Stewart, Wright, Piper in my last season. Then he sacked me a couple of months after I spent the money. I could not see the sense in that.

'When we were up there and finished seventh and seventh, I think that was the time we should have spent on the top players.

'In fairness, it was difficult to get players then. There were one or two that we agreed deals for and they did not come.'

And while many fans will be revealed to see Murray resign as chairman, the former boss warned that with Murray still at the club as a board member his influence will still be felt,

'Him resigning as chairman has happened before and I'm sceptical about whether anything changes at Sunderland now he has resigned again.

'Like in the past, he has resigned but remains on the board.'

It remains to be seen whether Murray's decision to resign is the first step of major changes at the club, or simply a re-occurence of where we've been before. Sooner or later, hopefully sooner, we'll know which one it is. Fingers crossed.


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Date:Friday June 16 2006
Time: 12:24AM

Comments

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Surely it would have been better for you if Muray had made a complete break from the club and let you move forward with new vision from the board.
FEn_100
16/06/2006 12:54:00
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THATS RIGHT. HES STILL GOING TO HAVE A SAY IN THE RUNNING OF THE CLUB.
zipadeedoodah
17/06/2006 17:41:00
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I agree with you both! Did Sunderland fans like Peter Reid - would you want him returning?
richy23
19/06/2006 10:37:00
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Do you know where your caps lock is zippy?
FEn_100
19/06/2006 23:53:00
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