JIM McGuinness has reappeared on a Gaelic football pitch today – training the Galway senior footballers.
McGuinness trained Galway this morning ahead of the inter-county return next weekend following the Covid-19 shutdown.
The 2012 All-Ireland winning Donegal manager has not been involved in GAA since leaving the Donegal hot seat after the 2014 All-Ireland defeat by Kerry.
McGuinness took Donegal to Sam Maguire in 2012, won three Ulster senior championships and also masterminded an Ulster U21 win in 2010.
The Glenties native worked with Celtic FC as a Performance Consultant before taking up a role as an Assistant Coach at Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan.
In December 2018, he was appointed head coach of USL Championship side Charlotte Independence – his first managerial job in soccer.
After only one win in 14 games McGuinenss was relieved of his duties.
He has recently returned to Donegal and linking up with a county set-up appears to make sense in the current climate.
This morning, McGuinness was to the fore at a Galway training session, prompting speculation about his role in Padraic Joyce’s set-up.
Galway are top of Division 1 on eight points as the 2020 Allianz League rolls back to action next weekend,
In February, the Tribesmen defeated Donegal in Letterkenny 2-8 to 2-7. Their sole defeat so far came in a one-point loss to Kerry.
Galway host Mayo in a big derby next weekend before closing their League season against All-Ireland champions Dublin.
Galway will face Sligo in a Connact semi-final in November
Galway were All-Ireland semi-finalists in 2018 and last year lost out in the Connacht final before being put out of the All-Ireland race by Mayo in a round 4 qualifier.
Last November, Galway legend Joyce was appointed as the new manager. John Divilly, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, and John Concannon were named as selectors.
Could McGuinness now be added to that coaching ticket?