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Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Friends back ousted Reid
Peter Reid watches his side go down 3-1 at Arsenal
Sunday's limp display at Arsenal was the final straw
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has added his voice to those offering their support for sacked Sunderland boss Peter Reid.

Speaking after his side's 3-0 win over Everton, Ferguson said: "[Reid's sacking] is one of the saddest things I've heard for a long time because he resurrected that club.

"They were going nowhere till he went there. It's a sad day because he's one of the good guys."


I think [Reid] will lick his wounds, get his breath back and then make a decision - his career is far from finished
John Barnwell
League Managers' Association
Sunderland, 17th in the league, announced their decision to end Reid's seven-year reign at the club earlier on Monday evening.

League Managers' Association chief executive John Barnwell was another to declare his regret over Reid's fate.

Barnwell was particularly disappointed at the news as it ended a period of relative stability for his members.

"The timing [of Reid's sacking] is difficult to come to terms with. We were in a period where it's been probably the best period for a long, long time where we've had no dismissals."

"This time last year up to the end of November we had 28 dismissals which was horrendous and there were 13 alone in October.

"I've just had a conversation with [sacked Exeter boss] John Cornforth and now I hear that a high-profile and excellent manager like Peter Reid has been dismissed.

"Peter has been successful, he has done exceptionally well but he has not been able to stem the tide of late.

  The Reid years
1995: Succeeds Mick Buxton and beats the drop
1996: Wins D1 title
1997: Relegated
1998: Loses play-off final
1999: Wins D1 title
2000: Leads team to 7th place finish
2001: New 4-year deal, finishes 7th again
2002: Just beats drop, but fired after Arsenal loss, 9 games into season
"Peter has given his heart to the club and it's come to an end.

"I think he will lick his wounds, get his breath back and then make a decision - his career is far from finished."

Graeme Sharp, a former team-mate of Reid's at Everton, said: "He will be very disappointed. He has received a lot of criticism, which has been pretty harsh because he has done a fantastic job at Sunderland.

"He is leaving them in a far healthier state than when he arrived because it looked as though they were going to get relegated to the Second Division.

"Peter has nothing to be ashamed of. The treatment he has received from some fans has been atrocious."

Former Sunderland boss Lawrie McMenemy added: "Peter took them to seventh twice prior to last season and a small section of the crowd, which can be a bit naughty, turned on him."

David O'Leary and George Graham are the early favourites to replace Reid at the Stadium of Light.

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 VOTE RESULTS
Who should replace the sacked Peter Reid?

George Graham
 14.68% 

David O'Leary
 59.40% 

Niall Quinn
 25.92% 

22193 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
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