Les Reed was appointed Head of Football Development at Southampton on April 16, 2010.
Reed is one of the most highly regarded coaches in English football.
In 1995, Reed joined Charlton to coach the first team and direct all coaching at the club. In his first season, Charlton reached the First Division Play-Offs.
In 1997, Reed had been recruited as First team coach and assistant manager and he was also responsible for all coaching and the redevelopment of the club. The Charlton Youth Academy was established and became one of the forerunners of the FA academy system.
After achieving Premier League status in 1998, he joined Howard Wilkinson at The FA with total responsibility for providing the future England International players.
After Glenn Hoddle's departure, Reed was asked to assist Howard Wilkinson with the senior squad against World Champions; France. Kevin Keegan was then appointed as manager and he was asked to take the reigns as his assistant.
Reed then took responsibility for the under 21's, When Sven Goran Eriksson was apppointed Head Coach.
In 2006 Reed accepted a position as Assistant Head Coach at Charlton. After Iain Dowie left the club, he was promoted on a permanent basis to the position of Team manager.
Reed has been an advisor to the likes of Alan Curbishley, Stuart Pearce, Gianluca Vialli, Sammy Lee, and Mark Hughes and was the original designer of the current UEFA pro Licence.
Les has coached at every level of the game; both nationally and internationally. He is a coach educator and is still the only person to have coached England at every age group having been Head Coach for over 100 international matches.
He has worked with David Beckham, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and their England colleagues and having identified and developed the talents of Jermaine Defoe, Darren Bent, Joe Cole, Jermaine Jenas, Scott Parker, Rio Ferdinand amongst others.
Reed spent a short spell in charge of the British Maccabiah football team at the Maccabiah games in the summer of 2009.