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Former Premier League winner O'Shea to join Reading

O'Shea has suffered consecutive relegations with Sunderland. Credit: PA

John O'Shea is to continue his playing career at Reading after bringing his seven-year stay at Sunderland to a close.

Press Association Sport understands the 37-year defender, who made his 118th and final appearance for the Republic of Ireland against the United States on Saturday evening, has agreed a deal with the Sky Bet Championship club.

O'Shea indicated at a press conference in Dublin on Friday that he had had no contact with the Black Cats over an extended stay at the Stadium of Light, where he signed a one-year extension last summer.

The former Manchester United star made 40 appearances for Sunderland last season, but could not prevent the club from slipping to a second successive relegation.

He has previously indicated that he wanted to continue playing for another season, but that his longer-term future could lie in coaching and management.

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Paul Clement announced as new Reading manager

Paul Clement has been appointed as manager of Reading. Credit: PA

Paul Clement has been appointed as manager of Reading, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.

The former Derby boss had been out of work since he was sacked by Swansea in December.

Reading parted company with Jaap Stam on Wednesday and have moved quickly to appoint a new manager with only three points separating the club from the Championship relegation zone.

Reading chief executive Ron Gourlay says he is pleased to bring in a coach who has worked at top European clubs such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

"I am delighted to have secured the services of a hugely experienced forward-thinking manager like Paul, who I have personally worked alongside during our time spent at Chelsea," said Gourlay.

"Not only has he coached at some of the greatest clubs in Europe, winning trophies, league titles and European honours and working with some of the greatest players in the world, fundamentally he also has a rich understanding of English football having managed in both the Championship and the Premier League in recent years.

"Now, everyone at Reading Football Club is fully behind Paul and his squad of players as, together, we initially set our sights on an eight-game battle and continue to strive to take this club forward."

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