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Having been part of the backroom team at Nottingham Forest, former Claret Steven Reid has made the decision to leave after two years to take his career in a different direction.

He joined as Chris Hughton’s assistant and took over as caretaker manager last season when Hughton departed, winning his one game in charge against Huddersfield. He then continued as assistant under Steve Cooper with the season ending in triumph with Forest beating Huddersfield in the play-off final to return to the Premier League after an absence of 23 years.

Cooper said of Reid’s decision: “I’m obviously disappointed that Steven will be departing, as not only was he an integral part of our coaching team, but he was also a brilliant guy to have around on a day-to-day basis.

Reid signed for Burnley from West Brom in the summer of 2014 as we returned to the Premier League, but he made just seven Premier League appearances for us which included just one start against his former club West Brom.

His final game was as an 87th minute substitute in the final game of that season when he came on for Danny Ings having announced his retirement as a player in the days before the game.

He has coached at Reading, Crystal Palace, Wimbledon and West Brom prior to joining Forest. He was also a part of Steve Clarke’s Scotland backroom team until August of last year.

We publish Reid’s statement in full below which explains his reasons for leaving Forest.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am leaving my coaching position at Nottingham Forest and taking my career in a new direction. As those close to me know, I’ve had mental health and confidence issues throughout my playing and coaching career, which has spanned from League 1 academy football through to the Premier League, World Cup and European Championships. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had an excellent support network around me to pull me through these times.

“I now want to dedicate my time to being part of that support for any players/athletes or staff who might not have this network in place. That is why I’ll now be offering my services as a specialist coach – helping people improve their mental well-being, confidence, and leadership; probably a mix of all three. This is the area that I have become passionate with over recent times.

“I believe that the combination of having been there and experienced the many fantastic highs and desperate lows, alongside my ongoing training as a counsellor and LMA Mentor, will help others to perform at a higher level.

“My time at Nottingham Forest could not have finished on a bigger high than promotion to the Premier League, and I have no doubt under the guidance of Steve Cooper and staff, next season will be another great success. I leave with some amazing memories – none more so than being fortunate enough to lead the team against Huddersfield away.

“A big thank you to everyone at Forest over the last two seasons, and for making last year such an amazing one. All the very best for the future.”

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