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Bolton Roll Back the Years with Peter Reid Appointment

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Former Bolton player joins coaching staff to assist Jimmy Phillips

Peter Reid, pictured here as Sunderland manager at the Reebok Stadium, has joined his former club Bolton's backroom staff
Peter Reid, pictured here as Sunderland manager at the Reebok Stadium, has joined his former club Bolton's backroom staff
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Bolton Wanderers currently have more academy graduates in the first-team than any period of my time supporting them, so it seems appropriate that their development will be assisted by one of the club's greatest ever youth products.

Dean Holdsworth and new club chairman Ken Anderson have moved to bolster Wanderers' coaching staff by appointing Peter Reid until the end of the season.

Only this morning I wrote about the need for Sports Shield to make fans care again, and bringing in someone with Reid's background and history to support interim manager Jimmy Phillips is a great start.

Reid signed his first professional contract with Bolton back in 1974, making 225 appearances for the club and winning the Second Division in 1978 before being sold to Everton in 1982. He won the FA Cup, two league titles and the European Cup Winner's Cup with The Toffees before making more than 100 appearances for Manchester City. Reid won 13 caps for England and played at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

He then went on to manage City in 1990, before seven years in charge of Sunderland. He also managed the Thailand national team for a year back in 2008, and his most recent role in football was as manager of Mumbai City in the inaugural Indian Super League.

Speaking of the move to appoint Reid, Holdsworth said:

"We are delighted that Peter has agreed to come in and be part of the team for the rest of the season. Ken and I are very happy.

"Peter's experience, standards, drive and personality will without doubt give the club a lift."

It will be interesting to see how Reid fits in at Bolton, alongside Neil Lennon's aides Garry Parker and Steve Walford, who have remained at the club for now.

And you can hear Reid's thoughts on his return to the club via the club's YouTube interview here: