EXILE BE OFF THEN; COACH TRIP BILLY REID'S BLAST AS HE TAKES NO.2 JOB AT SWEDE MINNOWS Scottish Clubs Snubbed Me Even Though I Kept Accies in Top Flight for Three Years and Raked in Whopping PS5m for Them in Transfer Fees (and I Don't Know If I'll Ever Be Back)
Byline: SCOTT MCDERMOTT email@example.com
RAKING in PS5million for Hamilton starlets and keeping the club in the top flight for three years still wasn't enough to earn Billy Reid a new job in his own country.
And that's why the man who reared James McCarthy and James McArthur among others at New Douglas Park will now ply his trade in Europe.
Scotland's loss is Sweden's gain after the 50-year-old signed a three-year deal with Ostersunds as assistant to highlyrated English gaffer Graham Potter.
Reid knocked back two offers from his homeland as well as a manager's gig in England over the summer as he became increasingly disillusioned with our clubs' football philosophy.
Despite the work he did at Accies, Reid was overlooked when the likes of Kilmarnock, Inverness Caley, Hibs and Livingston were all looking for new gaffers in the past six months.
But next month he'll start a new life and career in Scandinavia and the ex-Hamilton boss doesn't know if he'll be back.
After visiting Ostersunds and being given the red-carpet treatment by chairman Daniel Kindberg, Reid now feels reinvigorated and ready to return to the dugout.
He told Record Sport: "This will be a totally different experience for me. The stadium is based in the heart of the town, in the middle of Sweden, and sometimes we'll have two flights for an away game.
"But I'm really looking forward to it. With no disrespect to Hamilton, who have a fantastic youth set-up, Ostersunds are quite far ahead when it comes to infrastructure.
"And I'll move over there lock, stock and barrel with my wife because I'm fully committed to it. I've signed a three-year deal and hopefully my future now will be on the continent.
"At Hamilton we took in almost PS5m in transfer fees during my eight years there which for a Scottish club is quite considerable.
"I didn't apply for too many jobs because I felt my record stood for itself. If someone wanted me they could come and get me and I did decline one or two offers here and in England.
"Those were manager jobs so the fact I'm going to Sweden as an assistant should tell you how much I want it.
"Not many Scots go abroad to coach and very few have managed in Sweden. It's completely fresh and that's why it appeals to me.
"I like the way the club have gone about the business. I've been a manager for eight years but to go over as Graham's assistant gives me a foot in the door of European football.
"I'm working with a guy who has the same ethos as myself and Graham has a growing reputation over there. He's had two straight promotions and they're now in the second tier.
"Our aim next season is to take them into the top flight - the chairman has real ambition and I want to help them get promoted. We need to finish in the top three and we feel it's achievable.
"Our first game is a cup tie on February 28 against Elfsborg who Celtic beat in the Champions League qualifiers. …