Winston Reid thanks Sam Allardyce for teaching him at West Ham United

The Hammers take on their former manager's Sunderland side this weekend.

Sam Allardyce taught Winston Reid how to defend during his time at West Ham United, the defender has told the club’s official website.

The duo worked together for all of Allardyce’s reign at Upton Park, with Reid having been a key component of his defence across his four years at the club.

Indeed, Allardyce was key to Reid becoming the success he has been at the club, with the New Zealand international only having managed seven appearances the season before his arrival.

And Reid has admitted that his former manager actually taught him how to defend properly, giving him good habits that have stuck with him since.

“As a defender, he generally does help you out because he puts on sessions that help younger players learn the basics of defending,” he told

“At that point in time, when I’d just come to English football, I was still getting used to a new playing style and he put good habits into me and over the years they has stuck with me.”

“He teaches you to defend how a defender should do – I know that sounds a bit stupid, but it’s true! In that sense, he knocked good habits into me and I appreciated having him as a coach and enjoyed working with him.”

While Reid is thankful to the effect his former manager had on his career, he will be hoping that he can beat him this weekend.

The Hammers are currently firmly in the race for a place in the top six, as they sit seventh in the table, just a point behind Manchester United in fifth.

A win over Sunderland is needed to keep those hopes alive, and Reid will be keen to play his part in securing that victory on Saturday afternoon.

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