Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that John O’Shea has signed a contract which will see him return to RG2 as a First Team Coach following the curtain call of a highly decorated playing career in our final Championship game of the 2018-19 season.
Having stated his future intentions to move into a coaching career, throughout a swansong season as a player with the club, the Royals have acted fast to secure his services alongside José Gomes and his team of Portuguese coaching staff ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Now the next chapter on his CV will begin where the last magnificent chapter ended. His playing days came to an end in a Reading shirt when he came off the bench for a late cameo in our goalless draw with Birmingham City on the final day of last season.
However, the impact O’Shea made during his short time at Reading Football Club became very evident in comments from his manager José Gomes and in tributes that flooded social media when he publicly announced his retirement ahead of our final fixture.
Manager José Gomes said, “John is an intelligent, modest, positive, highly-respected individual who enjoyed a quite remarkable playing career. 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.”
Madejski Stadium rose to its feet as both Birmingham City and Reading players formed a guard of honour for the Waterford-born centre-back when he replaced Josh Barrett in the 89th minute of the match back in May.
His Royals teammates also came together to present John with a signed shirt at the end of his final game as a player, his 803rd appearance for club and for country.
“As a player, John O’Shea won everything. Now, I am delighted that he begins a new career on the other side of the white line at Reading Football Club,” Chief Executive Nigel Howe said. “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.”
Welcome on board, John!