MANCHESTER UNITED legend John O’Shea is reportedly in the running to take charge of relegated Reading.
The Royals, who suffered a six-point deduction Paul Ince has been eliminated last month and appointed Noel Hunt as interim chief until the end of the campaign.
However, the former reading The striker failed to avoid relegation to League One and they are now looking for a new man to allow them an immediate return.
The 42-year-old is now O’Shea This week he gave up his role as manager at Stoke City after just a year.
He said this was to focus on his work as assistant coach to Stephen Kenny at the Republic of Ireland national team.
But now journalist Darren Witcoop claims the former defender, who ended his career after a year-long spell at Reading in 2019, could make a surprise return to his old club.
He tweeted: “John O’Shea, who is believed to be among the contenders for the Reading leadership position, has given up his coaching role at Stoke.
“O’Shea plans to focus on his coaching responsibilities in the Republic of Ireland.”
However, he also stated that there is another man ahead of him in the race for the job.
He added: “Chris Wilder remains the favorite for the job with the Royals.”
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Wilder has just left Watford after failing to secure a Championship play-off spot after a brief stint.
O’Shea was promoted to the senior Ireland team by Kenny in February 2022.
Previously, he was Jim Crawford’s assistant for the Ireland Under-21 team.
He told Stoke’s official website this week: “I would like to thank everyone at Stoke City for their help and guidance over the last season and wish the club the best of luck in the future.”