Jim McGuinness has been sacked by Charlotte Independence.
The American club have relieved the Donegal man of his duties after a poor start to their season in the USL Eastern Conference, the second tier of soccer in the United States.
In his first position in senior football management, McGuinness oversaw just one win in 14 matches, experiencing a difficult start to life in the dugout. Charlotte Independence announced the news on Wednesday afternoon.
Jim McPhilliamy, the club’s president, paid tribute to McGuinness and thanked him in a statement.
“Jim McGuinness has improved our club in many ways, including bringing talent to our roster and instituting new training methodologies – both of which we hope to continue moving forward.
“As a club, our performance is measured on the pitch and collectively, we’ve fallen short. On behalf of ownership, front office and team, the Charlotte Independence organisation thanks Coach McGuinness for his service to the club.”
The Charlotte Independence thanks Coach McGuinness for his service to the club.
— Charlotte Independence (@Independence) June 12, 2019
McGuinness had coaching roles with Celtic and Beijing Guoan before taking the position as head coach with Charlotte Independence.
He resigned as Donegal manager in 2014, having guided the county to the All-Ireland Championship in 2012.