Les Reed is a former English football player and manager. Reed was born in Wapping, London on 12th December 1952. Reed had a very modest playing career, failing to make a major impact at Cambridge United, Watford and Wycombe. Reed spent a number of years coaching at regional level with Wealdstone and Finchley, until 1986 when he was offered a job by the Football Association as development officer. Reed remained in this role for nine years, until he joined Alan Curbishley's Charlton in 1995 as new first team coach.
Reed returned to the FA in 1999 as part of the coaching staff for new England boss Kevin Keegan. Reed was part of the England setup that oversaw a disastrous Euro 2000, where Keegan's side was knocked out at the group stage. Reed later received criticism from Steve Gerrard in the Liverpool midfielder's 2006 autobiography. Gerrard said he had no respect for Reed, who made him "feel like shit". Gerrard added "I was a young lad who had never been away from home to play football before. He didn't seem to understand that not everyone can board a plane, settle in a strange hotel far from the family they love, and find it easy". In 2002 Reed replaced Howard Wilkinson as technical director at the FA. While in that role, Reed authored the FA's official coaching manual. Reed was fired from the Football Association in 2004.
After a short spell as a consultant for Northern Ireland's national side, Reed rejoined Charlton to assist Iain Dowie in the summer of 2006. When Dowie was sacked on 14th November 2006, Reed was given the opportunity to manage the club. Reed was a disaster at The Valley however. He only won one of his seven games in charge, and also saw his Addicks side dumped out of the Carling Cup by League 2 outfit Wycombe. Reed was replaced by Alan Pardew on December 24th 2006.
Reed had a spell as director of football at Fulham, where he was appointed in April 2007. He also assisted Mark Simpson at Bishop's Stortford in late 2008.
Reed was appointed Head of Football Development and Support Centre at Southampton on April 16th 2010. His job was to oversee the academy, scouting, sports medicine and equipment procedures.
In July 2011 Reed was appointed as a company director of Southampton Football Club.
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