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Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Fans back Reid sacking
Peter Reid
Peter Reid was at Sunderland for over seven years

Sunderland fanzine editor Martyn McFadden says the sacking of Peter Reid has lifted a cloud from over the club and will allow them to concentrate on climbing the table.

Reid was fired on Monday following seven years at the North-East club.

And McFadden, who edits the fanzine "A Love Supreme", said the decision had become inevitable.


There was a poll on a local radio station recently and more than 80% wanted Reid out
Martyn McFadden
Sunderland fanzine editor
"Perhaps opinion was divided about Reid a year ago, but now it seems a majority of fans wanted him to go," he told BBC Sport Online.

"There was a poll on a local radio station recently and more than 80% wanted him out.

"This has been a cloud hanging over the club for so long. At least now we can concentrate on the football and trying to do well."

But McFadden said the timing of the decision to sack Reid was bewildering.

"We were always expected to lose to Arsenal on Sunday and have scored nine goals in the last eight days - a third of our total for the whole of last season," he said.

"Chairman Bob Murray also gave Reid 10m to spend on Tore Andre Flo and Marcus Stewart in August. Why give him the money and then sack him?"

Reid left with Sunderland languishing in 17th place in the Premiership.

But the lowly league position was not the only thing that rankled with the fans, said McFadden.

"Not only have the results been poor, but so has the football. People want to be entertained, but we've been forced to watch some turgid stuff," he said.

David O'Leary, George Graham and Mick McCarthy have all been linked with the vacant hotseat at the Stadium of Light.

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
O'Neill is the fans' choice
But McFadden said the man the fans really wanted to take over was Celtic manager Martin O'Neill.

"We had a poll on our website asking who the new boss should be and O'Neill got over 50% of the votes," he said.

"He's on record as saying he was a Sunderland fan as a boy and is always the man backed to be boss on our letters pages.

"But we know we'd have a tough job to get Martin. If it's not him, we'd like someone with a Sunderland link to take over.

"Chris Turner was a great player and captain for the club and has done well at Hartlepool.

"Some of the fans have touted Kevin Ball but I don't know if this would be the right time for him to take on his first managerial job.

"Otherwise it might be good for someone like O'Leary or Graham to come in and work alongside Niall Quinn, who they both have a link with."

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Sunderland coach Niall Quinn:
"Peter Reid was a fantastic manager for Sunderland"
Sunderland fanzine editors Tom Lynn and Peter Daykin
"We should go for Martin O'Neill"
 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
Peter Reid leaves Sunderland after over seven years in charge

Race to take over

Reid pays price

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