By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Photo courtesy of Ryan Clark of ClarkHirstPhotography
Veteran non-league football manager John Reed has joined the coaching staff of Northern Counties East League Premier Division champions Scarborough Athletic.
Manager Rudy Funk’s decision to bring him to the club means a return for Reed to the ground where he managed Bridlington Town at when he guided them to FA Vase glory in 1993.
Reed’s side, which included former Swansea City man Clive Freeman, beat Tiverton Town at Wembley.
Reed has since managed Goole, who took from the Central Midlands League and into the NCEL Premier Division – a similar achievement to what Funk did at Rainworth Miners Welfare.
Reed then guided Harrogate Town into the Conference North before moving to Stalybridge Celtic where against all odds, kept them in the Conference North.
After leaving Stalybridge Reed became manager of Buxton and in his four years at Silverlands reached the Evo Stik Premier Division play-offs final once.
Reed did briefly return to Goole at the start of this season, but after a poor opening few games, he left by mutual consent.
However, Funk’s shrewd decision to recruit Reed could be vital for next season. Reed has the experience and knowledge of the NPL structure and will open new doors for Funk.
If the money is there, Reed’s contacts book will bring quality players to Queensgate and ones that will make Scarborough promotion contenders next season.