Billy Reid (footballer, born 1963)

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Billy Reid
Billy Reid May2009.JPG
Reid as manager of Hamilton Academical in 2009
Personal information
Full name William Reid
Date of birth (1963-07-18) 18 July 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder/Defender
Club information
Current team
Swansea City (assistant manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Queen of the South 159 (22)
1989–1991 Clyde 67 (1)
1991–1994 Hamilton Academical 102 (7)
1994–1995 Stirling Albion 16 (0)
Teams managed
2002 Clyde (caretaker)
2004–2005 Clyde
2005–2013 Hamilton Academical
2013–2018 Östersund (assistant)
2018– Swansea City (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Reid (born 18 July 1963) is a Scottish professional football coach and former player who is the assistant manager to Graham Potter at Swansea City.

Reid played for Queen of the South, Clyde, Hamilton Academical and Stirling Albion during the 1980s and 1990s. After a spell as caretaker manager of Clyde in 2002, he was appointed manager in 2004. After one season as Clyde manager, Reid was appointed manager of Hamilton. The club won promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2008, when Reid also won the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award. Despite being relegated in 2011, Reid continued as Hamilton manager until April 2013. In November 2013, he moved to Swedish club Östersund as an assistant coach.

Playing career

In his playing days Reid started off at Dumfries club, Queen of the South where he was signed by Nobby Clark.[2] Reid was later remembered by teammate Tommy Bryce as one of the best players at the club.[2] The three were part of Queen's 1985–86 Scottish Second Division promotion success. It was at Queens where Reid gave his longest service as a player.

Reid then played for Clyde and Hamilton Academical before finishing his career with Stirling Albion. He worked as a printer while playing part-time.[1]

Coaching career


Reid began his managerial career in 2002 with a caretaker appointment at a club he had played for, Scottish First Division club Clyde. This was in between the departure of Allan Maitland and the appointment of Alan Kernaghan. He took over the Bully Wee on a permanent basis in July 2004 following Kernaghan's two-year spell in charge. Reid took the club to third place in the 2004–05 Scottish First Division in his only season in charge.[1]

Hamilton Academical

Reid then became manager at a club competing in the same division as Clyde and another which he had previously served as a player, Hamilton Academical, taking over from Allan Maitland, also a former Clyde boss. Working under owner Ronnie MacDonald,[3] he took the Accies to the 2007–08 Scottish First Division title earning promotion to the Scottish Premier League. He won that season's PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.

After leading Hamilton to an impressive seventh-place finish in the Scottish Premier League in 2009–10, Reid was linked with a move to a number of clubs[4] including Swansea City, but rejected their approach claiming to have unfinished business with Hamilton.[5][6] Hamilton were relegated from the top flight in 2011.[7] Reid left Hamilton by mutual consent on 3 April 2013, after more than seven years in the job.[8]


Despite being linked to the manager's job at Morton, Reid became assistant manager at Östersund in November 2013 to Graham Potter.[9][10] At the end of his second year in Sweden Östersunds were runners-up in the 2015 Superettan earning promotion to the top flight. In 2017 they finished fifth in the league and won the 2016–17 Svenska Cupen. This earned a place in the 2nd qualification round of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League in which they eliminated Galatasaray. They also eliminated PAOK before finishing second in the group behind Athletic Bilbao eliminating Zorya Luhansk and Hertha BSC. They were knocked out in the next round by Arsene Wenger's Arsenal 4-2 on aggregate.[10]

Swansea City

Reid was appointed assistant manager at Swansea City on 11 June 2018, again working with Graham Potter.[11]

Personal life

His son, Billy Jnr, was also a footballer, who played for Clyde.

Managerial statistics

As of match played 2 April 2013
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Clyde 8 February 2002 3 March 2002 3 1 2 0 33.3
Clyde 9 July 2004 2 June 2005 44 20 13 11 45.5
Hamilton Academical 2 June 2005 3 April 2013 343 129 83 131 37.6
Total 390 150 98 142 38.5



Queen of the South


Hamilton Academical

Assistant manager



  1. ^ a b c d "Reporter David Friel talks to Clyde manager Billy Reid". Kirkintilloch Herald. 23 March 2005. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "QosFC: Queens Legends".
  3. ^ "Hamilton chairman Ronnie MacDonald on why he rates Billy Reid as the top manager in the SPL". Daily Record. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  4. ^ Swan, Craig (28 June 2010). "Accies boss Billy Reid in frame for Leicester City hotseat".
  5. ^ "BBC Sport - Football - Hamilton Accies boss Billy Reid explains Swansea snub".
  6. ^ McDermott, Scott (12 July 2010). "Billy Reid: I snubbed Swansea hotseat to finish my work at Hamilton".
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - Football - St Johnstone 1-0 Hamilton".
  8. ^ "Manager Billy Reid leaves Hamilton Academical by mutual consent".
  9. ^ Nilsson, Martin (27 November 2013). "Han blir ÖFK:s nya tränare" (in Swedish). OP. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  10. ^ a b Fisher, Stewart (24 August 2017). "Swedish success story leaves Billy on the brink of the big time". The Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Graham Potter named new Swansea City manager". BBC Sport. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.

External links

  • Billy Reid management career statistics at Soccerbase
  • Clyde managerial statistics at Fitbastats
  • Hamilton managerial statistics at Fitbastats

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