Paul McShane: The Irish Gladiator

7:11 getting scouted by Manchester United
15:12 Taking notes on his training sessions
18:25 Watching film
22:10 Positional coaches
23:00 Jaap Stam
25:43 Hanging on to the big Manchester United tag
33:16 Thierry Henry handball
38:52 Post-game dressing room against France
53:00 Most underrated defender
1:01:58 His advice to young defenders
1:04:50 Social media in football

Today I'm joined by ex-Reading captain and central defender, Paul McShane. Paul is currently looking for a new club but has played for many clubs in the Premier League and Championship most notably Sunderland, Hull City, and Reading.

In his 15 year career, he has made more than 400 appearances including 33 appearances for the Irish national team. One of those was that famous World Cup qualifying playoff against France which we talk about in this episode. He was actually defending Henry on that famous handball so he has a really interesting perspective. He also talks about the art of defending, video analysis habits amongst players, social media in football and players who hold onto that Manchester United tag.

If you want to reach out to him and let him know what you thought of the interview his Twitter handle is @pmacca15

Finally, if you want more interviews with players, such as his ex-teammates Anssi Jaakkola or Joey Van Den Berg you can see them all on