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Royals to add four new staff

25 June 2015

Reid, Beasant, Urwin and Bannister to join

Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that manager Steve Clarke will be adding four new members to his backroom staff.

Steven Reid will be our first team coach, Dave Beasant our goalkeeping coach, Jonathan Urwin our head physiotherapist and Stewart Bannister is becoming kit manager.

Manager Steve Clarke said: "After a summer of upheaval behind the scenes I’m very pleased to welcome my new staff members to Reading FC. 

"Steven Reid will replace Eamonn Dolan on my first-team coaching staff and Eamonn will revert back to his full-time job as head of our Academy. When I asked Eamonn to step up and help me when I first came to the club it was always on the understanding that the work load of both jobs would be too much and Eamonn would revert back to his original role. However, I enjoyed working with Eamonn so much that I asked him to stay with me until the end of the season and his knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for Reading FC were invaluable to me in those months. But, ultimately, it is impossible for Eamonn to do both jobs and he goes back to running the Academy that has been so successful over the years.

"Steven Reid is someone that I came across at West Brom where he was a valued senior member of my playing staff and immediately I could see that he had the right temperament and characteristics to be a successful coach. Kevin Keen has been by my side for a few seasons and we thought that it would be good for us to alter the dynamic of the coaching staff with a younger coach. Steven will bring a hunger, freshness and enthusiasm to the club that I feel is needed.

"Dave Beasant brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Reading FC. When I decided to make a change in this department I knew that I wanted Dave to come here and I’m glad that I persuaded him to. Reading FC have, in recent years, had a good record of bringing goalkeepers through the ranks and this will continue under Dave. However, short term with both our senior goalkeepers from past seasons moving on to pastures new it may be that we have to look outside for a suitable replacement and Dave’s knowledge will be invaluable in this search for the right man.

"Jon Urwin impressed me when I first came across him as a young physio at West Ham United. The qualifications and experience he has gained whilst working with players in the Premier League should stand him in good stead for the job here. When I interviewed him for this position I was really impressed by his enthusiasm and desire to become a head of department. In my opinion, it’s one of the most important and difficult departments in any football club but I’m sure that in Jon we have the right man to keep the players as fit as we possibly can for a long, hard season in the Championship.

"Stewart Bannister and I go back to my days as youth team coach at Chelsea FC many years ago. He is an honest and conscientious worker who will put his own stamp on the kit man’s job which, whilst under-rated, is a very important part of the day-to-day running of a football club.

"I’d like to welcome them all to Reading FC and look forward to sharing the highs and lows of a season with them that, hopefully, will end on a high."

Reid, 34, comes to us straight from the Barclays Premier League, having retired as a player this summer following a season at Burnley.

He is currently studying for his UEFA 'A' Licence, and earned great experience as a player, winning 23 Ireland caps and travelling with them to the World Cup in 2002.

As mentioned, Reid has previously worked under Clarke at West Bromwich Albion, and they will rekindle their working relationship at Reading.

Steven began his playing career at south London club Millwall – making his professional debut aged 17. He went on to play 166 times for the Lions and also gained the first of his Ireland caps whilst at The Den, before moving to the Premier League to join Blackburn Rovers in 2003. Reid turned out over 100 times in the top flight for Rovers, and went on to captain Ireland against the Netherlands whilst at Ewood Park.
 
He then enjoyed four successful seasons at West Brom, including their highest-ever League finish under Clarke's management in 2013. He remained in the West Midlands until he joined Burnley, where he spent last season - his final year as a player.

As our new goalkeeping coach, Dave Beasant also brings a wealth of experience, having played for England, been part of Bobby Robson's World Cup squad in 1990 and clocking up more than 750 career appearances.

Famous for making the first ever FA Cup final penalty save from John Aldridge in 1988, he has built a successful career as a goalkeeping coach, and joins us direct from Stevenage, who he helped to the play-offs last season.

Having made his name at Wimbledon, Beasant then played alongside Steve Clarke at Chelsea, winning England recognition at that time.
 
Jon Urwin is a hugely respected name in sports physiotherapy, and has worked with both Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen at West Ham United. He has years of experience in the Premier League with the likes of QPR and Charlton Athletic, so brings a wealth of knowledge to the club.

Kit manager Stewart Bannister has also worked at the highest level with Chelsea, and joins us from Wycombe Wanderers, where he has been in place since 2009. The club would like to wish Steven, Dave, Jonathan and Stuart the very best of luck in their time at Reading.

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