Les Reed (football coach)


Les Reed (football coach)

Football player infobox
playername = Les Reed


fullname = Leswyn Reed
nickname = Egg.
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1952|12|12
cityofbirth = Wapping, London
countryofbirth = England
years = 19??-19??
19??-19??
19??-19??
clubs = Cambridge United
Watford
Wycombe Wanderers
caps(goals) = 0 (0)
0 (0)
0 (0)
manageryears = 2006
managerclubs = Charlton Athletic
pcupdate =

Leswyn Reed (born December 12 1952 in Wapping, London) [In December 2006 Reed's age was stated as being 53, so it is likely he was born in 1953. Reference: cite news

url=http://football.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1962138,00.html
title=Reed banking on his winning research to give Charlton lift-off
work=The Guardian
date=2006-12-02

] is an English football coach and was the manager of Charlton Athletic, between 14 November and 24 December 2006. He is now Director of Football of Fulham. Reed was formerly Technical Director of the Football Association between 2002 and 2004.

Playing career

As a football player he was on the books of Cambridge United, Watford and Wycombe Wanderers as a centre forward, [cite news

url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/6148024.stm
title=Who Is Les Reed?
work=BBC Sport
date=2006-11-14

] but did not play any League matches for any of the three clubs. [There is no record of a Les Reed ever playing League football. Reference: cite book

last=Hugman
first=Barry J.
title=PFA Premier and Football League Players Records (1946-1998)
publisher=Virgin Books
date=1998
id=ISBN 1852915854
pages=pp. 454-455
]

Coaching and managerial career

Early career

Reed started his coaching career in non-league football, coaching both Finchley and Wealdstone. In 1986 he joined the Football Association as development officer, and worked there for nine years. In 1995 he left the FA to become Alan Curbishley's assistant at Charlton Athletic. There he helped Charlton win promotion to the Premiership via the playoffs in 1998.

The FA and England

That same year he rejoined the FA as part of the England national coaching setup under Kevin Keegan. In 2002 he replaced Howard Wilkinson as the FA's Technical Director. During his second spell at the FA he authored the FA's official coaching manual, "The Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching" (ISBN 0340816007) but was sacked by the FA in 2004; the FA still owe Reed £700,000 on his contract in a dispute that has not been resolved, as of November 2006. [cite news
url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4153/is_20061114/ai_n16846545
title=New man can be hit but Tom Jones won't be his assistant
work=Evening Standard
date=2006-11-14
]

Charlton Athletic

After working as a consultant, his clients including the Northern Ireland team (helping them beat England in 2005), [cite news
url=http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1910_1695012,00.html
title=Reed: My part in England's downfall
work=TeamTalk
] Reed returned to Charlton to become Iain Dowie's assistant manager in summer 2006. After Dowie's sacking on 14 November 2006, Reed was promoted to the manager's post. During his six-week spell in charge, Reed managed just one victory and his Charlton side were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Football League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. Reed's spell at Charlton became infamous as the media attacked him on a regular basis, nicknaming him "Les Miserables" and "Santa Clueless", [cite news
url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/tm_headline=les-sacked-for-giving-turkeys-xmas-off-&method=full&objectid=18328337&siteid=94762-name_page.html
title=Les sacked for giving turkeys Xmas off
work=Daily Mirror
date=2006-12-26
] and was later voted in an unofficial online poll "the worst manager of all time". Reed was replaced by Alan Pardew as manager on December 24, leaving Charlton Athletic by mutual consent. [cite news | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/6208387.stm | title=Pardew replaces Reed at Charlton | work=BBC Sport | date=2006-12-24 ]

Fulham

Reed was linked with a consultancy role helping Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez, who approached Reed after a League Managers’ Association meeting at West Bromwich Albion in February 2007.cite news
title = Papers: Uncle Les to return?
url = http://www.addickted.net/newsitem.php?id=330
publisher = Addickted.net
date = 2007-03-08
accessdate = 2007-03-08
] He had been considering consultancy roles with the FA’s of Turkey and Latvia, and he revealed that he could return to Charlton in an overseas development role.cite news
title = Papers: Uncle Les to return?
url = http://www.addickted.net/newsitem.php?id=330
publisher = Addickted.net
date = 2007-03-08
accessdate = 2007-03-08
] Reed re-surfaced as Director of Football at Fulham in April 2007, where, ironically, he helped the club stay up at the expense of Charlton.

Managerial stats

Footnotes

External links

*soccerbase (manager)|id=2059|name=Les Reed
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/6146620.stm Charlton appoint Reed as new boss]


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