Former Ireland and Manchester United defender John O’Shea has outlined his ambitions to get into coaching when he calls time on his glittering club career.
O’Shea, who is currently plying his trade at Championship side Reading, has previously captained both Sunderland and Ireland and also spent 12 years at Manchester United.
The centre-half has always been a leader on the pitch for both club and country with many feeling that O’Shea would make an excellent coach when the time comes to hang up his boots.
Speaking as he was unveiled as an ambassador for the 2019 U17’s European Championships, which is set to take place in Ireland in May, O’Shea outlined that he would be keen to give coaching “a bash” in the future.
“Yeah, it will be in the future, management, coaching side of things, I hope to give that a bash.
“If I haven’t learned anything over the last 20-odd years, from the people that I had the pleasure to work with and played against and learned from, I‘d be disappointed if I couldn’t an impact and help improve whether it be younger kids or senior players, whatever the case may be.”
Having played under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for the majority of his club career there is no doubt that O’Shea will have learned from one of the games’ finest managers.
At international level, the Waterford native featured under a handful of coaches including Mick McCarthy, Giovanni Trapattoni and Martin O’Neill before his retirement in the summer of 2018.
This season, O’Shea has featured sporadically for his club Reading making just eight league appearances as the Royals look to fight off relegation to League One
Despite his lack of playing time, the 36-year old explained that he has not yet made a decision as to whether or not this will be the season he decides to retire from club football.
“I’ve made no decision on that yet, I just want to finish the season as positively as possible with Reading and look at it then.”
O’Shea could also follow the path of another Irish defender in Damien Delaney and return back to the League of Ireland to finish out his playing career.
The ex-Manchester United man outlined that he used to joke about taking his hometown club Waterford into Europe as manager and explained that although unlikely, he would “never say never.”
“Maybe. I’m always joking with Alan Reynolds that I am going to come and take his job and take the Blues back into Europe but he got there before me. Reynie is doing a fantastic job. I’ll never say never but it will be unlikely playing wise. We’ll see, but as of now it’s unlikely.”