Jim McGuinness named Head Coach of American soccer team


Jim McGuinness has been named as the head coach at United Soccer League club Charlotte Independence.

The 2012 All-Ireland-winning manager has been given a three-year contract at the North Carolina outfit.

The Glenties man led Donegal to Sam Maguire in 2012 and won three Ulster titles during a golden spell as Tir Chonaill manager.

In the winter of 2012, McGuinness took up a role at Celtic, initially as a performance consultant before moving into coaching.

He spent a year as assisting Roger Schmidt at Chinese Super League team Beijing Sinobo Guoan.

McGuinness has repeatedly stated his desire to land a role as a soccer manager – and now he has it.

“I think I’ve learned a huge amount and tried to be studious in my application from the very first day I walked into Celtic from my experiences of all the managers I worked under,” McGuinness told the Irish Times.

“At the same time I was trying to build a picture in my own mind of how I saw the game and of how I would like the game to be whenever I became a manager. The other side of that coin is that if you leave the philosophical side of things out of it: football is about people and life is about people.”

McGuinness will be unveiled as the Charlotte Independence manager at a press conference on Tuesday.



Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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