Former Southampton executive director of football and vice chairman Les Reed departed his post last month as the club took the decision to sack him following our ongoing poor performances on the pitch and what many fans believe was not only numerous back to back errors in leadership, but also the failure to formulate any kind of plan as we lurched around looking for Premier League safety over the last few years.
Plenty only think of Reed during our darker times, but the good he did at the club before our form turned for the worst shouldn’t be forgotten as he played his role in our growth and previous success.
For some, the announcement that he will take over from Dan Ashworth as the Football Association’s technical director will come as a surprise, but in many ways, it is simply a logical sideways step for him following his departure from St Mary’s.
The 66-year-old will be responsible for all the ‘elite’ England men’s sides from development level through to the senior squad and he begins his new role in February 2019.
A fresh start for all.