Tuesday 12 December 2017

Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness set to leave Celtic for job in Chinese football

17 September 2014; Donegal manager and Celtic reserve team coach Jim McGuinness following a press conference at Celtic Park, ahead of the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final against Kerry. Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Rob Casey / SPORTSFILE
17 September 2014; Donegal manager and Celtic reserve team coach Jim McGuinness following a press conference at Celtic Park, ahead of the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final against Kerry. Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Rob Casey / SPORTSFILE
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Jim McGuinness has taken another step in his coaching career after reportedly accepting an offer to become the assistant manager of Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan.

McGuinness coached the Celtic U20 team last season, having joined the Scottish club in 2012, initially as a psychologist, after guiding Donegal to their second All-Ireland title that same year.

McGuinness has previously stated that his ambition is to manage a professional football team, with the Irish Times reporting that he will move closer to achieving that ambition by taking up the new role in China.

McGuinness will work under former Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt in Beijing, and is set to start in the role next week.

McGuinness shot to fame as a manager after winning three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland championship in four seasons in charge of Donegal. His Donegal team is also the last side to beat Jim Gavin's Dublin in the championship, with their 2014 All-Ireland semi-final win causing a huge upset.

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