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All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness would 'have to consider' professional football role

All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness would 'have to consider' professional football role

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Donegal's successful tactician has quelled rumours that linked him to Liverpool but admitted that he would consider a role at such a club, if it was offered

Donegal's All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness has said that he would 'have to consider' an offer of employment with a professional football club following reports linking him to English Premier League side Liverpool and Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.

Having guided Donegal to success in the All-Ireland football championship - the second in their history - McGuinness' stock has risen considerably and last week he had been linked with a sports psychologist role at Anfield.

However, the Glenties man, who has worked with a number of Irish football clubs including Derry City and Limavady United, dismissed the speculation. Nevertheless, he admitted that he would be compelled to sit down and talk about it, if such an opportunity were to arise.

Speaking to Highland Radio yesterday morning, McGuinness said: “If anyone came to me to offer a position I’d sit down and talk to them about it."

He continued: "If a professional football team, or any professional sporting organisation, came in and said they were interested in talking about work, it is obviously something that I’d have to consider. I’m a young man with a young family and three kids and you would consider it.”

"It would have to be something I would have to look at very seriously if there was going to be anything. Donegal is where I’m from and Donegal is my love and passion.

"That isn’t the case at the moment and hasn’t been the case. Who knows what the future holds?" concluded McGuinness.

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