Reid set for Stoke role
Former Man City and Sunderland boss Peter Reid could become assistant manager to Tony Pulis at Stoke.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 22/08/09 7:49pm
Former Manchester City and Sunderland boss Peter Reid could become assistant manager to Tony Pulis at Stoke next week.
Reid is currently head coach of Thailand but was in the directors' box at St Andrews to watch Stoke fight out a goalless draw with Birmingham.
Pulis' current number two David Kemp is to move to South America as part of the club's scouting network and Pulis confirmed: "Peter Reid was in the directors' box at Birmingham and we are hoping to do a deal in the coming week to bring him in as my number two.
"He wants to come back to England. My current assistant, David Kemp, is going to South America to look after our scouting options down there.
"Peter is a typical Scouser - a very bubbly bloke who I have known for a long time. We need characters around the place with his experience.
"There is a minor issue about securing his release from his job with the Thailand FA but we don't believe that will present a problem for us."
Pulis looked on as his side squandered chances and only came away with a point from their trip to Birmingham.
The Potters had to make an early change as striker James Beattie left the field with a knee injury having fallen awkwardly in a challenge with Blues goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Dave Kitson came on and mustered some half-chances for himself, glancing a couple of headers wide of the mark.
But it was Ricardo Fuller who will rue the best of the missed chances as he headed over from six yards out and toe-poked an effort wide.
"We're disappointed. I think that overall we're disappointed not to get the three points," Pulis told Sky Sports.
Birmingham had arguably the best chance of the game when Garry O'Connor latched onto a Seb Larsson freekick, only for the Scotsman's header be tipped away magnificently by Stoke's Thomas Sorensen.
"I think Thomas (Sorensen) has most probably made the save of the game, apart from that I can't really remember them really troubling us," Pulis said.
"I think we created enough, I think when Ricardo, late on, when he's got around the back and then he toe-pokes it behind, I think that's a great chance.
"If he plays it back or plays it across goal then you'll get (Dave) Kitson coming in or their defence to pop it in.
"So there was a lot of opportunities that we had that with a little bit more calm they would've turned into goals."
Pulis confirmed Beattie's injury was not as bad as first feared and will be fit for the next game either against Leyton Orient in the Carling Cup or Sunderland on Saturday.