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'My focus is on soccer' - Jim McGuinness open to coaching in the League of Ireland


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Jim McGuinness. Photo: Sportsfile

Jim McGuinness. Photo: Sportsfile

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Jim McGuinness. Photo: Sportsfile

Jim McGuinness is fixed on progressing his career as a soccer coach, more than 16 months since his last position as manager of United Soccer League's Charlotte Independence in the USA.

McGuinness's three-year contract with the North Carolina side came to an end after just six months in June 2019 and he returned to Ireland at the end of this summer.

But he sees his future remaining in soccer, despite acknowledging his appetite was "whetted" during a recent training session with Galway and involvement with first-time Louth champions Naomh Mairtin.

McGuinness, who has been involved with Celtic and Beijing Guoan, where he was assistant to Roger Schmidt in the Chinese Super League, is open to coaching on this island too if the opportunity arises.

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On the ball: Jim McGuinness returns to Sky Sports as an expert analyst for their coverage of the 2020 championship. Photo: Sportsfile

On the ball: Jim McGuinness returns to Sky Sports as an expert analyst for their coverage of the 2020 championship. Photo: Sportsfile

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On the ball: Jim McGuinness returns to Sky Sports as an expert analyst for their coverage of the 2020 championship. Photo: Sportsfile

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"I'm open to anything that makes sense for me professionally and in terms of my own development. That's the bottom line. I have had a very good journey up to this point and have been learning a huge amount along the way," said the former All-Ireland-winning Donegal manager, who returns to Sky Sports this weekend as one of their football championship analysts.

"When you are back in Ireland and you are asked to go in (with Gaelic football teams), it whets the appetite for you, there's no doubt about that. But my focus is on soccer and the journey that I've been on development-wise and trying to fulfil that," he said.

"Things are wrapping up now in Ireland so let's see what happens there. Other leagues finish at this time of the year. We're happy that we're home now and that we have a base and sure I can move then from there if it's right."

Irish Independent


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