Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reid: Money Can't Guarantee Success

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reid: Money Can't Guarantee Success

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

WITH the transfer window now shut, Andy Reid believes Sunderland can get down to the basics of moulding a team good enough to play in next season's Premier League.

Increasingly, England's top flight seems dominated by finance, but Reid (pictured left) thinks its influence is overplayed.

Having spent heavily last summer only to become embroiled in another relegation battle, the Black Cats have run a tighter ship in 2009 and moved up the table.

That, according to Reid, is because they have been getting back to basics during what he sees as a pivotal time in their recent history.

"It's not just a case of spending millions," said the Republic of Ireland international. "It helps in the modern game, but it's not just about that. You have to bring in the right characters, the right players. They need to fit into the team and it's not all about spending pounds 130m on Kaka. Certain players don't fit into certain dressing rooms. It doesn't mean they are not good players, but they just might not settle.

"You could bring in five or six players for pounds 5m with a really good team instead of spending pounds 30m on one player that doesn't fit into the squad very well. It's about gettingthe balance and spending at the right time. The manager has to be able to get that team working in harmony."

The transfer window has only been closed a fortnight but its two biggest spenders - Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur - are showing few immediate signs that their outlays have brought them any nearer survival.

Sunderland can hardly claim poverty having spent in excess of pounds 30m last summer.

It left them with arguably the most talented collection of players the club has ever had, but no guarantees.

"It's important not to get sucked into saying things like, 'We should not be in a relegation fight because of the money we have spent'," Reid warned. …

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