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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-03, 10:56 pm

John O'Shea is to end his seven-year Sunderland spell and join Reading on a free transfer, the Echo understands. The 37-year-old will sign a one-year deal at Championship side Reading, with the option of joining Paul Clement's coaching staff when he does decide to hang up his boots. O'Shea's Sunderland contract expires at the end of June. He has been a mainstay of Sunderland's defence for seven seasons and made 40 appearances last season. O'Shea, who retired from international football with the Republic of Ireland at the weekend, had made it clear he wanted to keep playing club football for another season. But the former Manchester United defender admitted last week that he hadn't had any contact from Sunderland's new owners following Stewart Donald's takeover. O'Shea, who suffered back-to-back relegations in his final two seasons on Wearside, had previously said he wanted to remain at Sunderland but will sign for Reading and be reunited with ex-Sunderland teammate Vito Mannone. The defender hopes to move into coaching and/or management when he retires. O'Shea insisted there was "no sadness" about his Republic of Ireland farewell as he earned his 118th cap in the 2-1 win over the USA. O'Shea, who was subbed shortly after the half hour mark, cryptically explained his early departure: "I planned it a while ago with the manager to come off that bit earlier because the season ended a few weeks ago for me and I might have a couple of things coming up in the next week or two, too, so I had to be a little bit careful." Three other senior Sunderland players will be out of contract this summer; Billy Jones, Marc Wilson and Kazenga LuaLua. Ahead of the League One campaign, Sunderland's squad will undergo a major overhaul under new owner Donald and manager Jack Ross.

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Post  sunderpitt on 2018-06-03, 11:14 pm

I would have thought we wpuld have found a place for JOS.

Jones is not a loss.
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Post  Nostalgic on 2018-06-03, 11:44 pm

sunderpitt wrote:I would have thought we wpuld have found a place for JOS.

Jones is not a loss.
Same here, we have missed a chance to keep a good man for one season then coaching.

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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-04, 2:18 am

But ask yourself a question,

If Ross signes a 37 year old player who was a squad player with Man U many years ago, was the kingpin of the worst defence in football last season in a team that was relegated who we know is way past his best, would you be happy?

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Post  Kipper on 2018-06-04, 12:38 pm

Syd's point  - no you wouldn't sign him. So why keep him 'cos he's already here? I agree with the following from Roker Report. Now somebody please take Cattermole.


 O’Shea to Reading: Why it’s absolutely necessary that Sunderland move to a new era of leadership
                        

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When news emanated last night that John O’Shea is set to join up with Paul Clement at Reading, I must admit that I breathed what was an almighty sigh of relief.
O’Shea, for all the stick he’s taken from supporters in recent years, has - in public at least - carried himself as an honest, decent person throughout his time at Sunderland.
You only have to analyse the outpouring of admiration and respect we’ve seen for him since he announced his retirement from international football as an example of just how widely revered he is from people within the game - an honest pro who, on the face of it, most people haven’t got a bad word to say about.
O’Shea played forty games last season - a staggering amount for a man that has just turned 37 years of age. Considering the fact that Sam Allardyce phased him out of action towards the end of the 2015-16 season, instead preferring the combination of Younes Kaboul and Lamine Kone in the centre of our defence, it’s actually quite remarkable that two years later he was still playing sometimes twice a week in a physically demanding league like the Championship. Irrespective of his performances on the pitch, you have to give him credit for keeping himself in good condition at an age where most players have long since retired.
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It’s perhaps a testament to the type of character that he is that you see such adulation for a man who quite literally captained Sunderland AFC throughout the worst period in our storied history.
Under the watch of O’Shea we’ve seen an incredible malaise and decline set in at this club on the pitch, and though he’s obviously a great person you can’t help but concede that shunting him along two or three years ago might have helped Sunderland to move forward, and not backwards.
As someone who stays connected to just about every single thing that goes on at this club on a daily basis, I can’t help but feel that not enough is made by my fellow supporters of the fact that Sunderland have stagnated so significantly in terms of on-field leadership.
Many fans - even after our two horrific relegations - still feel significant warmth towards the likes of John O’Shea and (to a slightly lesser degree) Lee Cattermole, but for me I think their sheer presence has played its part in holding our squad back for years now.
How can you possibly change the mentality of a group when, manager after manager, the same dressing-room leaders remain? I don’t know how, feasibly, that ‘rot’ (and I use that word loosely, fully aware of the connotations attached to it) can ever be removed when the same faces, good and bad, hang around the club like a bad smell.
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It’s not just the likes of Cattermole and O’Shea either, but it’s the backroom staff that interact every single day with the players.
Towards the end of Ellis Short’s reign it became normal for the manager to change once or twice in a season, and the one common theme with each appointment was that, beyond bringing in an assistant manager, the same coaching structure remained in place.
It just cannot be possible to start afresh and re-captivate a group of players that have grown accustomed to losing when the feel and look of the place hasn’t really changed beyond the voice of the person shouting instructions at them on a matchday.
This isn’t an attack on O’Shea, but quite the opposite - it’s recognition that, whilst he’s obviously a decent person, Sunderland AFC cannot move forward whilst he’s part of this club. We absolutely NEED to change our leadership structure, from top to bottom.
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New captains are needed. New characters are essential in the dressing room, and they don’t have to be ones that ‘know’ the club. Anyone that knows this club understands that there’s a type of negativity that has been attached to us for far too long. Instead, we must bring people to Sunderland that want to improve with us, and understand the opportunity at their disposal.
When Charlie Methven spoke about ‘the p*ss-taking party’ being over, it’s important that we understand that he wasn’t just talking about the bad eggs. This club not only needs a culture change and a kick up the arse, but it needs a root-and-branch removal of sorts, and that unfortunately means that some good people will be taken with it if we are going to get the job done properly.
I have no doubt that, whatever O’Shea does after his playing career ends, he’ll make a decent fist of it. He’s most definitely going to end up in management, and the opportunities will fall at his feet, such is the good reputation that he has in the game. But let’s be fair - John O’Shea needs a fresh change just as much as Sunderland AFC does.
So it’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to John O’Shea, and Billy Jones... and probably a big handful of others too that have, in all honesty, outstayed their welcome at this club. Onwards and upwards
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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-04, 1:11 pm

I agree with Roker report and it is with a heavy heart because I think O'Shea, Cattermole and Jones have been honest servants to the club unlike Rodwell and hot and cold Kone.

But honest servants deserve a humane end to move on with our thanks and make way for the next generation to fit with the new owner/management philosophy.

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Post  gil t azell on 2018-06-04, 7:46 pm

I think Oshea has done well for himself there and although not my favourite good luck to him. More importantly for SAFC is this Donny showing McNair give us 1 season as captain after the clearout. If we dont go up there will still be teams come back for him.
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Post  Black Cat Kiwi on 2018-06-05, 9:56 am

cyprussyd wrote:I agree with Roker report and it is with a heavy heart because I think O'Shea, Cattermole and Jones have been honest servants to the club unlike Rodwell and hot and cold Kone.

But honest servants deserve a humane end to move on with our thanks and make way for the next generation to fit with the new owner/management philosophy.
Looks like the new owner has a check list that is far from complete.

I'm sure by the time you take up your flash new seat Rodwell will be gone  Very Happy

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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-06, 5:57 pm

Reading have signed ex-Manchester United and Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea, who will join when his deal at Sunderland expires on 30 June.
The 37-year-old joins the Royals on a one-year contract after seven years at the Stadium of Light.
He made his final international appearance on Saturday in the Republic of Ireland's 2-1 win against USA.
"John has played and won at the very highest level," said Reading manager Paul Clement.
"He will bring us fantastic levels of experience and proven leadership qualities. We look forward to him being a big contributor on the pitch next season."
The Royals have also signed Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom and Hull midfielder David Meyler since the end of the Championship campaign.

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