Report: Jim McGuinness Linked To Vacant League Of Ireland Manager's Job

Report: Jim McGuinness Linked To Vacant League Of Ireland Manager's Job

Jim McGuinness is in contention to take over as manager of Galway United.

The Irish Sun's Neil O'Riordan reports that the former Donegal football manager is "in the frame" to replace Shane Keegan at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Keegan, who had been in charge since the beginning of last season, departed midway through June. After being relegated from the Premier Division in 2017, the club has endured a disappointing season - they currently sit sixth in Division One after 18 games.

Galway's long-term prospects became much brighter recently with the club voting in favour of a takeover by two Saudi Arabian businessmen. The new investors are ready to inject €500,000 into the club immediately.

That possibility will undoubtedly have made the job an intriguing one for McGuinness. The 45-year-old has completed his UEFA A licence.


McGuinness left a role as assistant manager with Chinese side Beijing Sinobo Guoan back in January for what were called "personal, family reasons". He also added that he was looking forward to "a new chapter in Europe".  The 2012 All-Ireland winning manager had joined the Chinese Super League team on a two-and-a-half year deal in June 2017 to work with former Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt.

Previous to that job, McGuinness had worked with Celtic for five years, joining initially as a performance consultant before moving on to become part of the club's coaching staff.

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