Reid set for Stoke role

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Former Manchester City and Sunderland boss Peter Reid could become assistant manager to Tony Pulis at Stoke next week.

Reid is currently head coach of Thailand but was in the directors' box at St Andrews to watch Stoke fight out a goalless draw with Birmingham. Pulis' current number two David Kemp is to move to South America as part of the club's scouting network.

"Peter Reid was in the directors' box at Birmingham and we are hoping to do a deal in the coming week to bring him in as my number two," said Pulis. "He wants to come back to England. My current assistant, David Kemp, is going to South America to look after our scouting options down there."

The Potters boss added: "Peter is a typical Scouser - a very bubbly bloke who I have known for a long time. We need characters around the place with his experience. There is a minor issue about securing his release from his job with the Thailand FA but we don't believe that will present a problem for us."

Stoke showed their mettle in recovering from a 4-0 drubbing by Liverpool at Anfield in mid-week and Pulis was frustrated not to secure a second win of the campaign.

"We are disappointed not to get three points," he added. "Our big worry at the start of the season was our first three games. It was great to keep a clean sheet after conceding four at Anfield. It was a good response."

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish insists the proposed takeover by Carson Yeung is not causing uncertainty on the playing side as his team took their points tally to four from the opening three games.

"Does the takeover affect players? I don't think so," he said. "We've got a spirit in the dressing room we've cultivated and harnessed over the last season and a half.

"Other people have talked about it (the takeover) but, regardless of what happens with the club, the players have a lot of belief in themselves and I am pleased with their start to the season.

"I'd have liked to have had six points or maybe even more but we won't be too greedy and I know the season is going to be long and tough."

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