Steven Reid was delighted to get the call from Roy Hodgson to join his backroom team, insisting that he nearly ripped the gaffer’s arm off accepting the role.
The 36-year-old, born in Kingston-upon-Thames, joined the Eagles at the tail end of last week.
"It's been fantastic [so far],” Reid said. “I was delighted to get the call in the first place to join such a great club with great fans.
“I've obviously spent a few games here as an opposition player and so I know how passionate the fans are. To get the opportunity to work with - first and foremost Roy and Ray - and the club was a great honour for me and an offer that I quickly ripped their arm off to accept!
"I'm delighted to be here," he reiterated.
Reid, an ex-Ireland international, worked with Hodgson as a player and was impressed with the Croydon native’s style, so much so that he didn’t hesitate to accept a role on the Eagles’ coaching team.
"I worked with Roy at West Brom, just before he got the England job and I know the way he works,” he said.
“I've got huge respect for him as a manager and as a person - and I think likewise, that's why I've ended up on his coaching staff at the club.”
He began his coaching badges towards the end of his 17-year playing career, as injuries forced him to assess his future in the game and decide the path he wanted to take.
"Unfortunately when I was playing I got a series of quite serious knee injuries in my late twenties, so I decided to go down the route of getting my coaching badges,” he explained.
“I got my B and then my A License, currently I'm on my Pro License and hopefully that will be finished next summer. For the last two years I've been at Reading and I made the decision to move on to a fresh challenge and this one couldn't be more perfect for me."
“I played in the Premier League for the majority of my career and I've been in situations like we're in now, where we need to get points, we need to start climbing the table. So hopefully there's that link there [with the players], that connection between us because I've been in this situation, I was in this situation when Roy came and joined us at West Brom, so I know how he works, I know his methods well and I know that they can get results.”
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