Jim McGuinness officially unveiled as Charlotte Independence head coach

Former Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness was officially introduced as the new head coach of US soccer club Charlotte Independence at a news conference in North Carolina on Tuesday.

He has been hired by a team which plays in the United Soccer League (USL) – now the established second tier below the MLS.

Since leaving gaelic football, McGuinness has worked with Celtic on a part-time basis as a performance coach before eventually becoming a full-time employee while gaining his badges.

He moved to China last year to serve as assistant coach to Roger Schmidt with Beijing Sinobo Guoan. That stay ended after six months because of family reasons.

With his new US appointment, it’s understood that McGuinness’ family is relocating to North Carolina.

The new season in the USL begins in March 2019.