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REID: FREEDOM AND ENJOYMENT WILL BE IMPORTANT

24 May 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Albion assistant head coach Billy Reid.

Brighton & Hove Albion assistant head coach Billy Reid highlighted the importance of playing with freedom and touched upon the principles himself, Graham Potter and Bjorn Hamberg will look to put in place for next season.

Albion’s new management team were announced on Monday afternoon, and Reid, who worked with Potter and Hamberg at Ostersunds FK and Swansea City, was quick to point out the need for enjoyment.

He said, “They’re human beings and it’s important for the players to enjoy being at work. They need to play with a freedom and no fear.

“In the game of football, you make mistakes. If you think you’re not going to make mistakes in football, you shouldn’t be here.

“We’ve always been a possession-based team during the time I’ve worked with Graham, building from the back, hopefully pressing from the front and winning the ball higher up the pitch.

“It’s about putting all of these principles in place and working every day to play with freedom. We want the players to express themselves.”

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Reid spent more than seven years in charge at Hamilton Academical, winning the the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award in 2008 before joining up with Potter at Ostersunds in 2013.

The 55-year-old continued to speak about his latest challenge alongside Potter, and expressed his excitement to meet Albion’s playing squad in preparation for the 2019/20 Premier League season.

“When you talk about formations and philosophies, you have to meet the players first. You have to work with them in pre-season and see their strengths and weaknesses. You can then decide which players fit into different systems.

“In terms of transfers, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes here as well, but we must assess the players that are already here and make sure they’re ready for the opening game of the season.

“Graham was chosen here to try and introduce a brand of football, which he did at Ostersunds and also at Swansea for the one season we were there. We’re thoroughly looking forward to the next challenge.”


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