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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 November, 2003, 19:08 GMT
Reid reveals regret

Former Leeds United manager Peter Reid has spoken of his sadness at failing to halt the club's decline.

Reid, who was sacked on Monday with the club bottom of the Premiership, believes he could have turned things around.

"I'm very disappointed that things didn't work out differently," he admitted.

"Despite what people may think, I did enjoy my time at Leeds. I've always thought it was a great football club and I still believe that.

"It's a pity I didn't have longer and it's a shame that the circumstances weren't different, but it's been an honour and a privilege to manage Leeds United."

Reid also placed on record his appreciation of the fans.

"They've been fantastic with me and they've been right behind the team," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"The supporters have been brilliant all along. In 30 years I've never seen support like I did at the Arsenal game a couple of weeks ago. The fans at Leeds are fantastic."

Meanwhile, Leeds captain Dominic Matteo believes the players are responsible for the sacking of former manager Peter Reid.

Reid was axed on Monday after a dismal 6-1 defeat at Portsmouth on Saturday left Leeds languishing two points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.

Eddie Gray has taken over as caretaker-boss, and Matteo reckons Reid was let down by his squad at Elland Road following a series of under-par performances.

The gaffer has been picking some good teams - it's us who are to blame
Dominic Matteo

"I thought Peter Reid did a good job and us as players maybe let him down a little bit," said Matteo.

"I'm gutted for him and wish him all the best whatever he does. It's us who have not been performing.

"The gaffer has been picking some good teams - it's us who are to blame I think, and I'm quite sorry for him."

Matteo revealed that the players are determined to channel their efforts into getting the away from the foot of the table.

"The board make decisions and sometimes you don't agree with them - but as players you get on with your jobs.

"Eddie will give us a lift and we need to put some results on the table," added Matteo.

Gray will stay in charge while the Leeds board ponder their next appointment, with Paul Hart and Neil Warnock the two current favourites for the job.

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11 Nov 03  |  Leeds United

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