Jim McGuinness has left his role as assistant coach at Beijing Sinobo Guoa with immediate effect.
Despite signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Chinese capital side last June, the Donegal native has called time on his brief stint in Asia.
McGuinness had been working under former Bayer Leverkusen and Red Bull Salzburg coach Roger Schmidt in Beijing as he still cuts his teeth at soccer coaching. Of course, McGuinness had spent time learning the trade at Glasgow Celtic as an underage and first-team performance coach prior to his move to China.
The 2012 All-Ireland winning manager releases a statement on his decision, which read:
“I would like to thank the owner of the club Mr Joe, the GM Mr IJ Ming and everyone associated with the club.
“The respect and hospitality that I have received since I arrived in Beijing has been fantastic. Every day working at the club has been thoroughly enjoyable.
“I would also like to thank Roger for giving me the opportunity to be part of his management team. It has been an amazing experience working under a top European coach and I have learned so much from him.
“I feel my experience in Beijing has set me up for the next stage of my coaching development and I look forward to a new chapter in Europe.
“I wish Roger, my colleagues in the coaching staff and everyone at Beijng Sinobo Guoan the very best for the 2018 season.”
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— TransferMarkt China (@asaikana) January 8, 2018
It will certainly be interesting to see where McGuinness ends up, and if his “new chapter in Europe” will see him landed with a position with a big European football club.