Jamie O’Hara hits out at ‘school teacher’ Les Reed for accusing England Under-21 stars of ‘arrogance’

5 Sep

Jamie O’Hara has slammed Les Reed for his comments about the England Under-21s, arguing the FA technical chief is stuck in the past.

Reed hit the headlines on Thursday morning by accusing the Young Lions of ‘over-confidence’ and ‘arrogance’ following their woeful European Under-21 Championship campaign earlier this summer.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side exited at the group stage with just one point from their three games, but Reed was keen to shift any blame from the manager.

The Young Lions were among the favourites to win the tournament in Italy
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“So, was it Aidy? No, it wasn’t. It was a number of things,” said Reed.

“I think it was probably over-confidence. It was a mental thing in believing they were going to win the tournament and probably being over-confident and then actually realising in game play that there is another team out there and it’s not a walkover.

“I think when you want to win tournaments, you need to be confident. You need to have a bit of a swagger.

“But it doesn’t need to border on the arrogance and I think getting that balance right, I didn’t think we achieved that completely.”

And former England youth international O’Hara believes the comments are typical of Reed’s ‘school teacher mentality’, insisting arrogance isn’t necessarily a bad trait in the modern player.

“I dealt with Les Reed in the England set up and I always felt he had a bit of a school teacher mentality,” O’Hara told talkSPORT. “I was never a big fan of him and the way he was.

Les Reed was critical of the Young Lions’ attitude
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“There was always a strict itinerary and strict discipline. I never really liked it, but Les Reed was all for that.

“He never liked players who were over-zealous or had something to say.

“For me, saying that about the players is completely wrong because the game’s changed.

“There are players at a young age who are full of confidence and full of arrogance, but arrogance is not a bad thing.

“To get to the top, you need to have that arrogance. To go into a tournament and think, ‘We’re going to win’, what’s wrong with that?

“Aidy Boothroyd got it wrong, tactically he got it wrong. Les Reed is trying to stick up for him.”


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Claudio Ranieri sacked: The six Premier League managers to have had shorter permanent tenures than ex-Fulham boss

1 Mar

There was another managerial casualty in the Premier League as Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Fulham on Thursday.

Scott Parker succeeds the Italian and is the Cottagers’ third different manager this season, making Ranieri’s dismissal that little bit more embarrassing.

Ranieri, who guided Leicester to a spectacular league title in the 2015/16 campaign, was only in charge of Fulham for 106 days – making him one of the shortest serving permanent managers in Premier League history.

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But there were six men who had even shorter permanent tenures and here you can see who they are.

6. Colin Todd – Derby County (98 days)

Colin Todd had a pretty successful seven years at Derby as a player but as a manager, not so much.

He left his post as Swindon boss in November 2000 to become Jim Smith’s assistant, but when Smith resigned in October 2001, Todd was promoted to the top job.

And after failing to improve the Rams’ form, Todd was given the heave ho as Derby went on to finish 19th that season and thus suffer relegation.

6. Colin Todd spent 98 days in charge of Derby County in 2001/02
Todd had a much better playing career at Derby than a managerial one

5. Terry Connor – Wolverhampton Wanderers (91 days)

It’s clear Terry Connor prefers life as an assistant manager but the top job at Wolves was thrust upon him following Mick McCarthy’s sacking and the club’s failure to recruit anyone else in February 2012.

Connor took charge with Wolves in 18th spot and failed to a win any of his 13 matches in charge of the club as Wolves were relegated with three games still to play.

He left that summer and is now McCarthy’s assistant at the Republic of Ireland.

Connor failed to keep Wolves up in the 2011/12 season

4. Bob Bradley – Swansea City (85 days)

Bob Bradley was Swansea’s second manager of three in a pretty turbulent 2016/17 campaign for them.

The American enjoyed success in charge of his homeland and Egypt but no such luck in south Wales.

Bradley was sacked after just 11 games in charge, conceding 29 goals in the process. He now manages Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer.

Bob Bradley opens up to talkSPORT over Swansea City spell and admits: 'I wish they never called'
Bradley was the first American to manage a Premier League club

3. Frank de Boer – Crystal Palace (77 days)

Frank de Boer, however, was sacked after just five games in charge of Crystal Palace in September 2017.

The Dutchman lost his opening four Premier League games, leaving the Eagles bottom of the league.

Roy Hodgson was brought in to firefight the mess and kept Palace up and he’s still the manager now.

7. Frank de Boer (unattached) – 25/1 to be the next Southampton manager
De Boer’s final game in charge of Palace was a 1-0 defeat at Burnley

2. Rene Meulensteen – Fulham (75 days)

Ranieri is not even the shortest serving permanent Fulham manager in Premier League history – that prize goes to Rene Meulensteen, who was sacked in February 2014.

Meulensteen served as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United between 2007-13 but has struggled to make it on his own.

He is currently the assistant manager with the Australian national team.

2. Rene Meulensteen spent 75 days in charge of Fulham in 2013/14
Meulensteen was replaced by Felix Magath

1. Les Reed – Charlton Athletic (40 days)

But the ‘winner’ of the shortest serving manager in the Premier League prize goes to Les Reed at Charlton.

Reed managed just one victory at the helm, earning him nicknames from the press including ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Santa Clueless’. He was subsequently replaced by Alan Pardew in December 2006.

Reed is currently the Football Association’s technical director, a position he officially started last month.

1. Les Reed spent 40 days in charge of Charlton Athletic in 2006
Reed is the shortest serving permanent manager in Premier League history

Southampton and vice-chairman Les Reed ‘part company’

8 Nov

In a bid to bring a “new drive and direction” to the club, struggling Southampton have sacked vice-chairman Les Reed.

There had been speculation that Mark Hughes’ position as manager could be under threat, but Reed appears to have paid the price for the Saints’ poor start to the season.

They have won just one of their 11 Premier League games so far and sit 16th heading into the weekend.

A club statement read: “Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has agreed to part company with its vice-chairman (football), Les Reed.

“The club believes the time is right to take constructive action and make a change that will provide new drive and direction to our football operations team and enable them to get results back on track.”

Reed, right, joined Southampton in 2010

Reed joined in April 2010 when the club were in League One and Southampton say the search for his replacement has begun.

“I would like to go on record to thank Les for the eight years of hard work and dedication he has given Southampton Football Club,” chairman Ralph Krueger said.

“His time at the club will be remembered for the fine work he did in overseeing our progress through the divisions and establishing the club in the Premier League.

“The process of recruiting the right individual to head up our football operations is under way, and is a decision that needs to be given the necessary time and attention that reflects what an important position it is within our club.

“Now, more than ever, we are grateful for the continued support of our staff and fans as we work towards our joint aim of moving up the table.”