Thursday 22 February 2018

New Celtic role will benefit Donegal's 2013 prospects – McGuinness

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

JIM McGuinness has rubbished suggestions that his new part-time job as performance consultant with Celtic will impinge on his capacity to fuel the obsession required to take Donegal onto another level.

"Other managers have jobs too. Does that impact on their role as managers? Rory Gallagher (his assistant) is running a shop and has got 40 staff. Is that disrupting his focus with Donegal? No. Conor Counihan has a big job too. Does that take his away his focus from Cork? I don't think so," said McGuinness, who will link up with the Scottish giants on a formal basis on Monday week.

"You would need to ask other managers. Does their day job impact with the job that they do with the county team? My role with Celtic won't be an issue at all as far as Donegal are concerned."

Over the past two years, he usually worked with the Donegal players on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday – with some Saturdays thrown in if required – and insisted there would be no fundamental change to the programme.

His deal with Celtic allows him to fit in his commitments with them around the Donegal schedule, an arrangement which he believes will work well. In fact, he is convinced that Donegal will benefit from his links with Celtic.

"When I'm at home, I can focus solely on Donegal. There's not a manager in the country that has that situation. It's about how you use the time. I will be living in Glasgow a few nights a week and I can spend that time working on things I want to do with Donegal," he said.

McGuinness also believes that what he learns from a professional set-up will be hugely beneficial to Donegal, whose fans will be delighted to hear that he is not planning a permanent move to Celtic.

"I'm happy with the job I'm in," he said. He also revealed that he was not planning to pursue soccer coaching badges.

Irish Independent

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