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Football: Leeds `had no choice' -fans.

Byline: ANDY HAMPSON

THE chairman of the Leeds Independent Fans Association believes his club had no choice but to remove Peter Reid in order to avoid relegation.

The Premiership's bottom club parted company with the Everton legend by mutual consent last night following a dismal run of the results.

Saturday's 6-1 thrashing at Portsmouth turned out to be the final act for Reid, who took over following Terry Venables' departure last season.

Fans' representative Simon Jose said: ``I don't know whether any decision this club takes any more is the right one. The whole thing is a mess.

``I suppose I feel a bit sorry for Reid -but after 6- 1 at Portsmouth I don't think there was a lot of choice. The players are not motivated,and the tactics are wrong.

``It's not the right decision -it's the only decision they could have made.We'relooking at Premiership survival now.

``We have been mauled by Leicester,Everton and now Portsmouth this season -and they really had to change the manager now,because if we're still bottom by Christmas we'llbe relegated.''

Leeds appear to have lurched from one crisis to another in recent seasons, the decision to part company with Reid coming soon after the announcement of British record annual losses.

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Date:Nov 11, 2003
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