Gratitude is a rare virtue. Former Plymouth Argyle head coach Peter Reid who had to pay the heating bill with his own funds and sell his medal to pay wages to his players was sacked.
Reid’s obvious loyalty to the English fourth tier football club was not enough to keep his place with one of the oldest English clubs after one draw and eight losses in a row. He was thanked by the Plymouth chairman but sacked after fifteen months in an attempt not to get relegated to amateur status.
Liverpool-born Reid who has worked with Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds United, the England U-21 national team and the Thailand squad has tried to do everything he could to prevent the players from a strike after they had not been paid wages due to the multi-million debts of the club.
Reid even sold the FA Cup 1986 runner-up medal that he won with Everton to get funds and pay wages to the footballers. Before that, he covered a $1,900 heating bill to keep the staff warm during last winter.
However, the club promised to pay Reid in full. England’s Football Association is currently investigating the matter, and a petition campaign has been launched on Twitter to urge the FA to replace the medal that Reid auctioned off.
Reid won 13 caps for England and is most known for allowing Maradona to get past him to score one of the greatest goals in football history in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals between Argentina and England.