First Team Coach
Reid joined Reading for his first job as a coach in 2015 shortly after calling time with his playing career after a single season with Burnley, where he had completed his 12th season in the Premier League.
Born in Kingston-on-Thames, Reid racked up over a century of appearances for Millwall and Blackburn Rovers before first playing under former manager Steve Clarke at West Bromwich Albion, where they helped the Baggies to their highest ever league finish in 2013. He also turned out 23 times on the international stage for the Republic of Ireland, including appearances at the 2002 World Cup.
Aged just 34 at the time of his appointment, he adds a youthful dynamic to the coaching staff. He was working towards his UEFA ‘A’ License upon his arrival at the Madejski Stadium.
An FA Cup-winning captain with Wimbledon in 1988 – famously saving John Aldridge’s spot-kick as the Dons won 1-0 – Beasant turned his hand to coaching in 2004 whilst on the books at Fulham.
A distinguished playing career saw the stopper play nearly 900 professional games between the sticks for sides including Chelsea, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Southampton, as well as forming part of England’s 1990 World Cup squad.
Beasant coached at the Glenn Hoddle Academy, Bristol Rovers and Stevenage – where he manned the bench in the League 2 play-off semi-final against Southend in 2015 at the age of 56 – before joining the Royals later that summer.
Urwin first crossed paths with ex-Royals manager Steve Clarke and former assistant Kevin Keen during his time as a physio at West Ham United. He had previously worked for Charlton and QPR after graduating with a Master’s degree from King’s College London.
A hugely respected name in sports physiotherapy, Urwin arrived at the Madejski Stadium in 2015 with years of Premier League experience under his belt.
Father of former Royals left-back Nicky, Steve Shorey became Reading’s Chief Scout in 2010 when his predecessor Brian McDermott became first-team manager.
He initially arrived at the Madejski Stadium to help the Academy recruitment programme, and facilitated the arrival of many players including Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mikkel Andersen.
Formerly a kit manager at Chelsea when ex-Reading manager Steve Clarke was youth team coach, Bannister arrived at the Madejski Stadium in the summer of 2015. He had spent six seasons with Wycombe Wanderers before his appointment at Reading.