John O’Shea returns to Royals as First Team coach

John O’Shea has returned to Reading to join Jose Gomes’ coaching staff having retired from playing last season.

The Republic or Ireland international finished his illustrious career with a one-year spell at Reading, where he was given a guard of honour in his final professional appearance as he came as a substitute in Reading’s final game of last season against Birmingham City.

O’Shea made more than 500 club appearances and won 118 international caps for the Republic of Ireland in a career littered with success, which saw him win five Premier League titles and a Champions League with Manchester United.

He will now join Jose Gomes’ coaching staff as part of the first team as he embarks on his first job as a coach.

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

Chief Executive Nigel Howe said: “As a player, John O’Shea won everything. Now, I am delighted that he beings a new career on the other side of the white line at Reading Football Club. John is a man who commands so much respect within the world of football and I am sure our players will benefit hugely from the knowledge he has acquired and can now share as a first team coach.”

Andy Preston

Sports reporter for The Wokingham Paper. Sport Journalism graduate from the University of Brighton.

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