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Former All-Ireland winning coach Jim McGuinness makes first Sky Sports appearance with Q&A

Published 06/05/2015 | 09:53

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness appeared on a Q&A on Sky Sports following the announcement he would be a pundit for the broadcaster for the 2015 championship
Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness appeared on a Q&A on Sky Sports following the announcement he would be a pundit for the broadcaster for the 2015 championship

Former All-Ireland winning coach Jim McGuinness looked at home in his first Sky Sports appearance since he was unveiled yesterday as the latest addition to the Sky Sports GAA team for 2015.

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McGuinness led Donegal to Sam Maguire success in 2012 during a glittering four years in charge and has already completed the first phase of coaching in the sport that he is now pursuing in a full-time career with Celtic.

The Glenties man had a Q&A session vie a video link from Glasgow as the broadcaster's coverage for the 2015 Championship was unveiled and as well as not ruling out a return to inter-county management, said he is keeping an open mind about a future in soccer coaching.

"I would never rule it out [a return to inter-county]," he said. "I have two sons, aged five and four, and there's probably a higher percentage chance of being involved with the Glenties U-8s or U-10s than there is with Donegal in the short-term."

"Obviously I love my county and I'm very proud of what I've achieved."

McGuinness also said he is thoroughly enjoying his t6ime working with the Celtic first-team and is keeping an open mind about his long-term ambitions in the game.

"I'm going into it with an open mind," he said. "What I want to do at the moment is use the badges to make myself better in my own job (as a performance coach). I do a lot of one-to-ones with players every single day and you do get into very in-depth conversations with them in terms of where they're at and where they want to go, the position they play on in the team. And there's a lot of tactical stuff as well, it's just not conversations," he added.

"I think that will help me in my job. Obviously I've been a coach and I've really enjoyed coaching and I'd like to challenge myself in that area to see what I can do and what I can offer and how much I would enjoy that dynamic."

He doesn't believe the 2015 All-Ireland winner will come from outside the big four of Dublin, Kerry, mayo and Donegal.

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