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Football: Reid backs angry Kerr; REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

REPUBLIC of Ireland winger Steven Reid has revealed his sympathy for under-pressure manager Brian Kerr but insists the players need no extra motivation to qualify for the World Cup.

Speculation suggests Kerr will be out of a job if Ireland fail to clinch, at least, a play-off place come the end of their remaining two Group Four qualifying matches against Cyprus in Nicosia on Saturday, and against Switzerland at Lansdowne Road next Wednesday.

Nothing less than six points will do for Kerr, who has faced considerable criticism since a 1-0 defeat at home to France last month, leaving the Republic's hopes of qualification - and his own position - on the line.

But Reid said: "Brian has done a great job, and you feel for him at times like these.

"Things have been written about the manager, but we don't really read them. We know if we stick together then we will pull through and get the two results.

"The lads want to win through as much for themselves. We want another taste of a World Cup.

"We're going into these games with great togetherness. We've been good at sticking together
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2005
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