Reid ready for Sunderland return

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Peter Reid has thrown his hat into the ring to replace Roy Keane as Sunderland manager.

The Black Cats are on the hunt for a new manager after Keane quit on Thursday with the club languishing in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone following a run of five defeats in six Barclays Premier League outings.

"I would be interested," Reid said in the Daily Mail.

Reid, who was in charge of the Wearside club between 1995 and 2002, was installed as Thailand boss in September on a four-year contract and is currently in charge of the team at the Suzuki Cup, revealed that he has a clause in his contract which would allow him to return to the Stadium of Light and hold talks with chairman Niall Quinn.

He added: "It's fantastic in Thailand and the experience has already improved me but everyone aspires to work in England. It's the place to be. The players here dream about it and I know I won't be working abroad forever.

"There is a clause in my contract which allows me to speak to English clubs if they show interest, so that would be up to Niall Quinn."

While Reid is confident he will be permitted to talk to Sunderland, Football Association of Thailand president Warawi Makudi was reluctant to confirm whether the 52-year-old had such a clause in his contract.

Warawi said: "I don't think he will [go to Sunderland]. But I have no comment about it. I need to know exactly what is going on before I say.

"I will have to check all the details before I can say anything."

Asked whether Reid has a clause in his contract allowing him to return to England, Warawi said: "For holiday, yes."

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