Brighton & Hove Albion assistant head coach Billy Reid believes working in the Premier League will be something special and insists the club’s new coaching staff are chomping at the bit ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Reid will join Graham Potter and Bjorn Hamberg in the dugout next season, after making the switch from Swansea City, and the 55-year-old explained the journey he’s been on so far alongside Albion’s new head coach.
He said, “When I was 50 years old I went to Sweden to work with Graham Potter. I ended up there for five years and didn’t expect that at that stage of my career.
“I came back to the UK last season to work with Swansea — it was testing times, they’d lost a lot of players and it was about rebuilding.
“We improved throughout the season and then the opportunity to work with Brighton in the Premier League came around.
“It’s a big challenge for the management team here, coming to a fantastic, well-run club. They’ve done exceptionally well to stay in the Premier League for two seasons running.”
Reid managed clubs in Scotland before linking up with Potter at Ostersund, but the opportunity to coach in the Premier League is something he’s thoroughly looking forward to.
“It’s obviously one of the biggest leagues in the world — you just have to see what the English clubs have done in Europe to see how strong it is.
“You have to be ready, it’s a punishing league, if things are not right, then you’ll get punished at this level.
“Certainly over the course of my career, I’ve always thought that if I could get to this level, then it would be something special."
Albion’s players will return for training towards the end of June, and Reid expressed his excitement to get to work on the training field, as the Seagulls prepare for their third season in the Premier League.
“It’s important to work hard in training and make mistakes there. We’ll have to show the players exactly what we want, working day-to-day with training sessions and video sessions.
“We’ve been in looking at games from last season and we’re raring to go. Obviously we need a break, but we’re looking forward to starting back next month.
“It will be great to get to know the players, and they have to get to know us as well. It’s a new era and new management team, and hopefully we can bring a freshness to the whole place.”