Former Reading coach Steve Reid has left his role as first team coach with newly promoted Nottingham Forest, citing "mental health and confidence issues."

Former Premier League defender Reid was on the coaching staff in Berkshire under Steve Clarke, Brian McDermott and Jaap Stam, from 2015 until 2017.

A highly-thought of coach, Reid went on to work under Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace before joining Chris Hughton, and later Steve Cooper, with the Tricky Trees in 2021.

Rising from the bottom three to play-off winners, the two-time European Cup winners are embarking on their first top-flight campaign this century, but Reid has decided to depart the City Ground to become a "specialist coach- helping people improve their mental-wellbeing."

The 41-year-old revealed his career change on social media, stating: "It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am leaving my coaching position at Nottingham Forest and taking my career in a new direction. As those close to me know, I've had mental health and confidence issues many times throughout my playing and coaching career, which has spanned League One academy football through to the Premier League, World Cup and European Championships. I've been lucky that I've had an excellent support network around me to pull me through these times.

"I now want to dedicate my time to being part of that support for players/staff who might not have this network in place. That is why I'll now beoffering my services as a specialist coach- helping people improve their mental wellbeing, confidence and leadership- probably a mix of all three. This is the area that I have become passionate about over recent times."