Jim McGuinness linked with Dundalk job

Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness is in the frame to become the next manager of Dundalk FC in the League of Ireland.

Local media reports in Louth say the Glenties man is a frontrunner for the job.

McGuinness switched codes by joining Celtic as a performance consultant in 2015 and eventually graduated to a role as the assistant with their U20 team.

In 2017, he left to join Chinese side Beijing Sinobo where he spent a year as assistant to Roger Schmidt.

McGuinness was then given a chance in soccer management by American USL side Charlotte Independence but he was sacked midway through the 2019 season after recording just one win in 14 matches.

The 48-year-old has said that he retains ambitions to succeed in professional football and has previously stated he would be open to working in the League of Ireland.

Former Northern Ireland international and current Dundalk Sporting Director, Jim Magilton, has been in interim charge of the first team since the departure of Italian Filippo Giovangnoli from Oriel Park last month.