Peter Reid Returns to Bolton in Coaching Advisory Role

  • March 18, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Peter Reid will work with Bolton for the rest of the season, having returned to the club in an advisory role to coaching staff.

Reid began his playing career with Wanderers in 1974 and went on to make 261 appearances during an eight-year stay at Burnden Park, before signing for Everton in a £60,000 transfer - where he would go on to win two First Division titles, an FA Cup, four successive Charity Shields and a European Cup Winners' Cup.

The 59-year-old has stayed loyal to the town, having owned property for a number of years, but will return to the staff for the first time in 24 years having agreed to assist coaching staff for the final weeks of the campaign.

Speaking about his return, Reid admitted the club still holds a special place in his heart and he hopes to play his part in a successful future under the ownership of Dean Holdsworth.

"Jimmy Phillips, who was a young player when I was here many, many years ago, asked if I'd give him a hand on the football side of things," Reid told the club's official website.

"We all know that it's been a difficult time for the football club but I’ve come in to help and it starts with Bristol City tomorrow.

"Hopefully between now and the end of the season, we can get some results and victories for the football club.

"I remember some of the people who work here from when I was here originally, but it's good to be back and on the training pitch.

"I'm still local and I know what the football club means to the people and I'm looking forward to playing a small part in that.

"I basically got a phone call to ask if I'd be interested and it's a club that's dear to my heart - I signed when I was a 15-year-old from Huyton in Liverpool and had great times here.

"It's a club I've always followed, I live in the area as most people know and when I got the call, I knew it was a great opportunity to come back to the football club, help Jim and hopefully help the team get a few results which is the most important thing.

"The club, like any club, has had its highs and lows over the years, but recently it's fallen on hard times but now we have the new owners in place.

"With that in mind, you'd hope that it will be a new dawn and to be a part of that is fantastic for me personally and hopefully we can be successful towards the end of the season.

"I know Dean very well. As a player, he did well for Bolton and knows a lot about the place - he's come in here looking to resurrect the club.

"Ultimately, Bolton Wanderers is a great football club with a great history and tradition - we just need to try and get it back on track.

"Alongside that, I of course know Jimmy well and I know that Bolton Wanderers is his football club so we'll be working together to restore some pride.

"The supporters have stuck by the club - it's their football club ultimately. Owners will come and go and that's the nature of the business, but a football club is the fans.

"It's been a difficult time but they've stood by their team and hopefully this is a new dawn."

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9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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