Anorak News | Cheerio, Peter Reid

Cheerio, Peter Reid

by | 30th, September 2003

‘LEEDS United fans must be unhappy with their club’s start to the season. But things are about to get brighter, as the Mirror leads with news that Peter Reid is facing the axe.

The end of the line?

Reid is not one of the world’s great mangers, or even one of its mediocre ones.

He is a poor coach, a truth illustrated by Sunderland’s inability to kick a ball straight under his tutelage and Leeds’ developing ineptitude.

Reid will now throw teacups, as is his wont, and say how football has become a haven for myopia.

His performances should be judged after an entire season, he’ll say – at which time Leeds will probably be heading for Division One.

If short–sightedness is a trait of the modern game then Arsene Wenger must epitomise things.

But tonight Wenger is looking to the future as he includes the names of three new faces in his squad to face Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia tonight.

The young lads will surely be keen to take their rare chances to shine in the Champions’ League, a game the Star says is “Hit Or Bust” for the Gunners.

The Mail puts it in stronger terms – “Gunners know it’s do or die in Russia”.

Anything other than a win tonight will not help Arsenal’s Champions League’ challenge. Defeat would be disastrous.

But from every tragedy a little silver doth fall. And the Mail hears that a bidding war is taking place for the rights to publish Stan Collymore’s autobiography.

Few players have thrown away quite so much, and Collymore’s story should include some interesting passages.

But it’s hard to counter the Mail’s opinion that it’s the footballer’s relationship with Ulrika Jonsson that will prove most lucrative. Especially is it’s as Honest as her effort.

Another whose autobiography cannot be too many years away is Tim Henman. At an age when he’s thinking about life after tennis, Henman says he plans to take up coaching.

To begin this transition, the tigerish one is fronting a new Find A Star programme directed at schools throughout the land. It’s a project Tim says “is close to his heart”.

And so it should be. After all, if it weren’t for it and other failed programmes like it, Henman would most likely not still be Britain’s best tennis player by a mile.

And then how many books would he sell?’

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