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Saturday 19 October 2019

Royals hopeful O'Shea will stay on

John O'Shea. Photo: Getty
John O'Shea. Photo: Getty

As John O'Shea prepares for the last game in his playing career this weekend, Championship side Reading have said they hope that the Waterford man stays on in a coaching role next season.

O'Shea has stated his desire to quit playing so Reading's Championship game at home to Birmingham City on Sunday will be the last act.

Royals manager Jose Gomes has promised to give O'Shea (38) some game time for his farewell and would like to see him stay on.

"We'll see, I hope so. I don't know if he will be interested but I hope so," Gomes said when asked if O'Shea could have a role on the coaching staff.

"I didn't try to persuade him to carry on because his body is saying now is the time to stop.

"He is intelligent, he understands the game and knows how to talk with the young players.

"He knows which words to choose in different moments. I really hope he can go on working in football.

"I like him a lot and all the players like him a lot. If you look at his career, he won everything a player can win.

"He is so humble - the way he talks about football and the way he shares his ideas with everybody. I really respect him," he added.

Reading have nothing to play for on the final weekend of the regular season as they have already secured their status for next season.

Outcome

Mick McCarthy will be keeping an eye on the outcome of the weekend games as that will affect his plans for the summer, with players needed for playoff duty at club level.

Norwich and Sheffield United have already been promoted but Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) should be in the playoffs while Derby County (Richard Keogh), Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) and Bristol City (Callum O'Dowda) are not yet there.

In League One, Luton and Barnsley are already guaranteed promotion to the Championship but Portsmouth (Ronan Curtis) and Charlton (Josh Cullen) will contest the playoffs.

Former Cork City man Brian Barry Murphy has been hailed for his success in keeping Rochdale in League One as he was named as the Football League manager of the week. Murphy took over at Rochdale two months ago.

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