Tuesday 20 August 2019

CONFIRMED: Former Ireland captain John O'Shea takes first step on coaching ladder with Reading

John O'Shea. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images
John O'Shea. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Harry Clarke

Former Ireland captain John O'Shea has taken up a coaching role with Championship side Reading.

As first reported by the Irish Independent's Daniel McDonnell on Sunday, the Waterford man will link up with manager Jose Gomes ahead of the new season.

"John is an intelligent, modest, positive, highly-respected individual who enjoyed a quite remarkable playing career," said Gomes.

"He competed at the very highest level and remained a model professional throughout - and he set a perfect example for our young players to follow last season. I am excited to work alongside him again, this time as a fellow coach and I’m delighted he has agreed to join us."

O'Shea has long term ambitions of moving into management - and it's understood he has already been sounded out by some clubs on the lookout for a new boss - but he is keen to take his time and broaden his education.

Therefore, the opportunity to work under Reading's Portugese manager Gomes appealed to the 38-year-old.

O'Shea won five Premier League titles with Manchester United and played 118 times for Ireland during his distinguished playing career.

He spent a solitary campaign with Reading, where they flirted with relegation before eventually finishing 20th. Gomes was appointed manager last December and won praise for his role in keeping the club up.

Their summer plans were initially complicated by a soft transfer embargo which meant they required a green light for new signings from Football League authorities due to a breach of spending rules. Gomes said earlier this week that the embargo had been lifted.

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