MANCHESTER UNITED legend John O’Shea is reportedly in the running to take over relegated Reading.
The Royals, who suffered a six-point deduction, last month suspended Paul Ince and appointed Noel Hunt as interim boss until the end of the campaign.
John O’Shea is said to be ‘in the running’ for the vacant Reading jobCredit: Getty
However, the former Reading striker couldn’t prevent them slipping into League One and they are now looking for a new man to try and lead an immediate return.
Meanwhile, 42-year-old O’Shea stepped down from his role as coach at Stoke City this week after just one year.
He said that was to focus on his work as Stephen Kenny’s assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland national team.
But now journalist Darren Witcoop claims the former defender, who ended his career after a one-season spell at Reading in 2019, could make a surprise return to his former club.
He tweeted: “John O’Shea, believed to be one of the contenders for the management vacancy at Reading, has given up his coaching role at Stoke.
“O’Shea intends to focus on his Irish coaching commitments.”
Although he also stated that another man is ahead of him in the race for the track.
He added: “Chris Wilder remains favorite to land the Royals job.”
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Wilder has just left Watford after a brief spell where he failed to secure a play-off spot in the Championship.
O’Shea was promoted to Ireland’s senior set-up by Kenny in February 2022.
That was after previously serving as assistant to Jim Crawford with Ireland’s U21 side.
He told Stoke’s official website this week: “I would like to thank everyone at Stoke City for their help and guidance last season and wish the club every success for the future.”