Reid all about it
Sky Sports caught up with Peter Reid to get the former England international's thoughts on the current state of the national team, allowing cameras into the dressing room, replacing the imposters on Twitter and his plans for the future.
By Rob Parrish - Follow me on Twitter @skysportsrobp. Last Updated: October 19, 2012 3:44pm
Peter Reid: Former England international spoke to Sky Sports
Peter Reid may not be the most obvious trail-blazer in football, but the former Sunderland boss was involved in a fly-on-the-wall documentary which gave unprecedented access to the previously off-limits world of the dressing room a full 14 years before Liverpool decided to lift the lid on what goes on behind the scenes at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers.
'Being: Liverpool' has generated a significant amount of column inches as many of Rodgers' motivational methods are laid bare, with the Reds boss and a number of the club's players and staff followed by camera crews before, during and after Premier League matches this season, while also being tracked at the club's Melwood training ground, on their pre-season tour of America and even in their own homes.
There are occasional profanities, all of which are carefully culled by the censor, which is in sharp contrast to the expletive-strewn 'Premier Passions' which aired in 1998 as it tracked Reid and Sunderland in their ultimately failed attempt to remain in the top-flight in the 1996/97 campaign.
Reid admits he was initially reticent to allow the television cameras beyond the hallowed door marked 'Home Team', but with the decision taken out of his hands by the Black Cats hierarchy he eventually switched off from their presence and insists everything that was aired was a true and accurate reflection of life on Wearside under the enormous pressure of battling for top-flight survival.
He told Sky Sports: "I didn't want the cameras in in the first place and the chairman said 'they won't do it without that access', so I said 'you're the boss, and if you want it, let's get on with it'.
Reid: Former Sunderland boss
"After the first three weeks we got used to them. I think if you watch the programme I do kick off once or twice, it's not stage-managed, it's just the way it was.
"I didn't notice they were there after a bit. I think you've got to compliment the camera crew on that and it was just me getting on with the job."
Reid, however, insists there is a line that he would draw in terms of allowing his personal life to become part of any programme, and feels the Liverpool documentary presents much more of what the Merseyside club and their American owners want the world to see.
He added: "I think it is a lot more sanitised than my one was! I wouldn't have allowed them into my home to tell you the truth.
"The training ground and the dressing room, that's the work, that's about the football club and not me personally, and your home life. I think some things are private."
The former England midfielder, who celebrated his 56th birthday back in June, would also not be the most obvious candidate to have embraced the world of Twitter, but he is a regular on the social networking site after being unimpressed by a number of imposters.
"There were four accounts that were using my name and talking absolute rubbish, so I thought I might as well talk rubbish myself, so that's why I got on there."
Peter Reid Quotes of the week
Reid, who tweets as @reid6peter, said: "There were four accounts that were using my name and talking absolute rubbish, so I thought I might as well talk rubbish myself, so that's why I got on there.
"You get a bit of stick, but it takes all sorts in the world. You do get some uneducated people and some people who are a little bit rude, but I don't mind that, it takes all sorts.
"I swear with the best of them, you use industrial language in football. But I wouldn't do it on Twitter, there are too many people on there and it's a social network. You just have to be careful where you use these profanities."
Reid's last piece of advice would be well heeded by more than one member of the current England squad, with Chelsea duo Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand both guilty of embarrassing - and in Cole's case hugely costly - outbursts in recent weeks.
The national team's problems on the field, rather than those off it, are now being dissected following a drab display in the 1-1 draw away to Poland, when the all-too familiar problem of an inability to retain possession was in evidence once again.
Reid, speaking before the clash in Warsaw, admitted that had been his key concern after watching Roy Hodgson's men in action at Euro 2012, and while he feels our chances of glory at the 2014 World Cup are limited, believes Fabio Capello's replacement has at least returned the feel-good factor to the international side.
Reid in action for England
He said: "I thought we were slightly disappointing at Euro 2012. I thought we were hard to beat, rather than spectacular and our passing wasn't great.
"You've got to start somewhere. I think Roy has got players in there who are enjoying working, training and playing for England, which I think is half the battle.
"I think it is going to be difficult out in South America. It is difficult for the European teams to win over there. If we can get some young players in and improve them technically like France and Spain have done over 15 or 20 years, it is mainly technical players who win you these big championships."
As for his own future, the former Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds, Coventry, Thailand and Plymouth boss remains keen to get back into management despite the bitter experience of his 'impossible' role at the helm of the cash-strapped Pilgrims.
Reid famously sold his 1986 FA Cup runners-up medal in an attempt to alleviate the financial problems at Home Park, only to be unceremoniously sacked by acting chairman Peter Ridsdale soon after, and admits he would choose carefully before accepting another role in the future.
He said: "I would like to get back into the game, if there is an ambitious chairman who will give a manager time. The last couple of jobs I've had have been difficult. The Plymouth job was impossible, but it hasn't put me off. I still love my football and I'm still able and capable of going in if I get the opportunity.
"If it is a decent club where the chairman wants to build it, then that's not a problem. Everyone needs time, it's difficult to build at times, in these days where players are moving on and they can just walk out on their contracts, it is even more difficult for the managers.
"If you look at most football clubs, it is when they have a settled board or a settled manager they usually get the best results."
Peter Reid was talking at one of Carlsberg's ultimate legends' experiences at the Wakey Tavern pub, Wakefield. Carlsberg is the Official Beer of the England football team and could be bringing future events to a pub near you. See www.carlsberg.co.uk