Tuesday 12 December 2017

McGuinness link with Liverpool laughed off

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SOURCES close to the Donegal management team have laughed off reports that Jim McGuinness is being lined up for a move to Liverpool.

The All-Ireland winning manager has been linked with a role as sports psychologist at the Premier League club, a suggestion that the Donegal County Board have dismissed.

It's the second time in the space of a week that a change of code for McGuinness has been floated, following on from rumours that Celtic were keen to use his services.

McGuinness has an MSc in sports psychology from John Moore's University in Liverpool, and the link with the football club has been mentioned in the context of a relationship between McGuinness and their manager Brendan Rodgers.

However, Antrim native Rodgers -- who played hurling and Gaelic football in his youth -- is understood to be bemused by the speculation.

Former Ireland goalkeeper and Donegal man Shay Given said last weekend that he was aware of the Celtic chat around his native county.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is a big fan of McGuinness and was around the Donegal hotel after their All-Ireland final win over Mayo.

Prior to that game, he revealed that he had invited McGuinness to Scotland and given him a tour of Celtic's facilities.

While there may be substance to the story that Celtic have recognised his talent, all parties expect McGuinness to be in charge of Donegal in 2013, so any development of a working relationship will have to be delayed by 12 months at the very least.

Meanwhile, former Down hurling boss Frank Dawson will succeed Liam Bradley as Antrim football manager.

Irish Independent

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