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Jim McGuinness Leaves Job In China, Alludes To A New Role Closer To Home

Jim McGuinness Leaves Job In China, Alludes To A New Role Closer To Home

Jim McGuinness has left his role as assistant coach at Chinese club Beijing Sinobo Guoan for what has been described as "personal, family reasons."

In a statement, McGuinness thanked the club for their hospitality and revealed that his next job will be in Europe.

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 manager Roger Schmidt 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.

The former Gaelic footballer and manager rose to fame when he secured a historic All-Ireland title for Donegal in 2012. While coaching the county he also worked with Celtic FC, a role he continued in after 2014 when he left the Donegal job.

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He took the role in China in June of last year. McGuinness has also worked as a Sky Sports GAA analyst, although was not named in the recent Sky Sports preview for 2018.

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