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Ex-Sunderland, Leeds United and Manchester City manager Peter Reid is enjoying his time as head coach of Thailand and looking forward to Wednesday’s friendly against Liverpool in Bangkok.

The former England midfielder is approaching his one-year anniversary in south-east Asia and has no regrets about his choice to head east.

“I’m down to my playing weight and really enjoying spending most of my time on the training ground - something you can’t do as a Premier League manager, because of all your other responsibilities,” Reid said, according to the Bangkok Post

“It’s also a great experience to be an international manager and so far we’ve lost only three of my 15 matches, and two of those were against Saudi Arabia, who are a strong side.

“Clearly, there are language problems but I get out there and demonstrate what I want. I’ve learned a few phrases. In Thai, shut down is ‘beep’ and shoot is ‘ying’. So I spend the whole match beeping and yinging!

“My No. 2 is another Scouse lad – Steve Darby – and he’s been a big help because he’s been out here 12 years and understands the culture.”

The Liverpudlian coaching duo can’t wait to face a team from their home city and the match with Liverpool on Wednesday.

“The Premier League is held in the highest regard out here – they adore it,” said Reid.

“There will be a 45,000 full house for the Liverpool match and I’m delighted Rafa Benitez is bringing his team here.”  

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