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Monday, 23 September, 2002, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Robson backs Reid
Robson wants Sunderland's players to point way forward for Reid
Robson wants Sunderland's players to save Reid

Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson has come to the defence of under-fire Peter Reid - accusing Sunderland's players living in "wonderland".

Sunderland player-coach Niall Quinn also joined the criticism as he attacked their performance in the 2-0 derby defeat at Newcaste.

Reid is under intense pressure, with reports suggesting he may be sacked if Sunderland fail to beat Aston Villa at The Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Robson said: "You always want to protect players, but there comes a time when you have to question them. It's a last resort if you like.

"You have to say to a player 'look I've had my turn, now it's your turn.'

"I have to admit it was a lot easier in the past. In Brian Clough's day he'd say, 'hey son, you're out the team.'

"Say that now and a player is as likely to pop down the Metro Centre shopping. It doesn't matter."

Robson added: "Peter has some difficult choices ahead. They don't look like scoring a lot of goals, especially without Kevin Phillips.

"They haven't got dynamic pace so he has to try to get narrow victories.

"He has to get everything from his players now and they owe it to him. They are in wonderland at a good club, on good salaries with a great stadium.


When you lose a derby it's a disaster, but to come off knowing every player collectively didn't give our all for Peter is scandalous
Sunderland's Niall Quinn

"Now they have got to give Peter commitment all the way through."

Reid's right-hand Quinn also ordered Sunderland's players to act fast to save their manager as he said: "A lot of players owe the majority of their careers to him and he's done nothing but defend us.

"I'm just glad he's now had a go publicly. They can now read how poor they've been.

"Everyone's gutted, but there is a difference between that and having the bottle to put it right. It's payback time for what Peter's done for this club.

"When you lose a derby it's a disaster, but to come off knowing every player collectively didn't give our all for Peter is scandalous."

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