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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 May, 2004, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Coventry appoint Reid
Peter Reid
Coventry have confirmed Peter Reid as their new manager.

Reid, who has also had spells as manager of Manchester City and Sunderland, has been out of work since parting company with Leeds in November.

He takes over from Eric Black who had been promoted from assistant boss to manager in January after player-boss Gary McAllister stood down.

Adrian Heath will be Reid's assistant at the First Division side who have taken on Reid to achieve promotion.

Fans of the Highfield Road outfit were upset at Black's dismissal.

Black was told his services were no longer required when he phoned up chairman Mike McGinnity to question reports in Sunday's papers that he was to be sacked.

McGinnity then told Black of his and the board's decision to change the manager and approached Reid on Monday.

McGinnity said: "We have a man here who I believe is the only option me and the board had of taking this club forward with a positive attitude.

"We only want Premier League football. I believe with his record Peter will give us a great chance of achieving that.

"We all know in football there are no guarantees but it's a gamble I'm taking - I'm not afraid to take a gamble when it's in the best interests of our supporters and the club."

Coventry are said to be hoping that Reid can reinvigorate the club's fortunes in time for their move to a new stadium in the 2005-06 season.

Capacity: 32,000 seats
Cost: 113m
Completion: 2005-6 season

"Believe it or not I have had other interested parties," said Reid. "But looking at Coventry as a big football club and the new stadium, it's just a great opportunity for me at a club that want to go forward.

"I know the task of the job and what the finances are like. People say I spent money at Sunderland but I used to get stick there for not spending money so I think that's why the chairman has gone for me."

Reid's first game is against play-off chasing Crystal Palace on Sunday when protests are planned by angry fans.

But, when asked about winning them over, Reid added: "You have to win football matches - that is the bottom line."

Coventry boss Peter Reid
"I want to get Coventry back where they belong"

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