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Steven Reid: ‘Roy Hodgson is an inspiration – working with him fits perfectly’ | Ed Aarons

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder learned much from the former England manager during his playing career and is learning even more now as Hodgson’s first-team coach at Crystal Palace

Steven Reid winces. “We had a staff game yesterday so I’m feeling the effects a little bit. I’ve probably played twice in the last six months when we’ve been short of players. Actually the gaffer has been quite complimentary – playing that game yesterday I was thinking: ‘Tell you what …’ But you wake up the next morning and you know that’s just wishful thinking.”

A little more than 18 months after calling time on a career during which he underwent no fewer than 10 operations and racked up a more than a decade’s service in the Premier League as well as a World Cup finals appearance for Republic of Ireland, the former Millwall, Blackburn, West Brom and Burnley player has settled into the next phase of his career. Whereas most players hang up their boots without a plan about what to do next, it is no accident that Reid finds himself learning his new trade as Crystal Palace’s first-team coach under the tutelage of the former England manager Roy Hodgson.

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