Peter Reid reported to be in talks over advisory role at Ipswich Town
During his managerial career he is best known for his achievements with Sunderland.
But former England international Peter Reid could be set to play a part in helping Ipswich Town compete against the Black Cats for promotion out of League One.
The 65-year-old Liverpudlian was pictured at the Suffolk club alongside chief operating officer Luke Werhun and chief executive Mark Ashton in the directors' box for the visit of Shrewsbury Town on Saturday. He was also said to have been spotted taking in Town's previous match, the 2-1 away defeat at Accrington Stanley.
The midfielder who played more than 200 times for Bolton Wanderers and 100 times for Everton and Manchester City previously worked with Ipswich manager Paul Cook in an advisory role over three years at Wigan Athletic from 2017.
While Ipswich MP Tom Hunt, who said he was sat behind Reid at Portman Road on Saturday, tweeted he is advising the club, the East Anglian Daily Times is reporting Town are in talks about a role for him.
Reid, who has managed the Thailand national team and Mumbai City FC in the inaugural Indian Super League season in 2014, has been without a club since a brief coaching spell at Bolton Wanderers at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Back in 2017 Cook, who has been working without an assistant manager during his time at Portman Road, said of Reid during his time at Wigan: "I think it’s an absolute crime someone like Peter wasn’t involved in and around a football club.
"He has so much experience, enthusiasm and knowledge. We talk about football for hours.
"People wondered when Peter arrived what kind of a role he would have. But there was never any specific role. It was just about having Peter in the football club.
"I think the chairman and Peter kick each other in the directors' box when the game’s going on, it’s like that. It’s invaluable having someone like him to bounce off. Every day with Peter you’re learning something.
"I might have been tough on one of the lads, but then you’ll see Peter whispering in his ear later, offering something else.
"As a football person, I enjoy football people, and Peter is a real football person."
Cook has already brought in fellow Liverpudlians Francis Jeffers, Gary Roberts and Ian Craney, who were all relatively inexperienced, to make up his first-team coaching staff.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Town have released details of ticket sales for the Papa John's (EFL) Trophy match with Colchester United at Portman Road on Tuesday, November 9.
The match, which will see a host of former Town players including ex-caption Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse return to the club. And it will also be a Southern Group A decider with all four teams, also including West Ham United U21s and Gillingham, currently locked on three points with Town top on goal difference (+1).