Monday 19 August 2019

O'Shea takes first steps into coaching with Reading role

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

Daniel McDonnell

John O'Shea will make his first move on to the coaching ladder by taking a job on the staff at Reading.

O'Shea is set to be announced as a first-team coach with the Championship outfit, the club where he finished his playing career in May.

The Waterford man 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 is keen to take his time and broaden his education.

Therefore, the opportunity to work under Reading's Portuguese manager Jose 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 surviving. 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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