Former All Ireland winning manager, Jim McGuinness, has been appointed as the manager of Charlotte Independence in North Carolina.
The 46-year-old has been making huge strides in the soccer world since he left the role of Donegal boss in 2014 and this move marks his first role as a professional manager. He was brought on board as a consultant with Celtic while still managing his native county, and eventually became the assistant manager of the club’s U20 side.
After obtaining his UEFA A Licence, McGuinness was named as the assistant coach of Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan F.C in 2017. He resigned just six months later, citing “personal, family reasons”.
“I think I’ve learned a huge amount and tried to be studious in my application from the very first day I walked into Celtic from my experiences of all the managers I worked under.
“At the same time, I was trying to build a picture in my own mind of how I saw the game and of how I would like the game to be whenever I became a manager. The other side of that coin is that if you leave the philosophical side of things out of it: football is about people and life is about people.”
The Donegal native has signed a three-year deal with the club and will attend a press conference there next week, according to the paper. Charlotte Independence joined the USL as an expansion team in 2014 and play in the Eastern Conference. They will play their first game under McGuinness on March 8 2019.