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'I honestly don't miss it' - Jim McGuinness on life after the GAA

The former Donegal boss says he’s enjoying his time with Celtic.

Jim McGuinness spoke today about his time with is Donegal and role with Celtic.
Jim McGuinness spoke today about his time with is Donegal and role with Celtic.
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FOR THE FIRST time in nearly two decades, Jim McGuinness is not involved with a Gaelic football team.

However, the former Donegal boss says that even though his years with the Tír Chonaill were the best of his life, he is enjoying working with Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

And McGuinness told Brendan O’Connor on the John Murray Show this morning he doesn’t miss life as an inter-county boss at the moment.

“Things are going really well. [Celtic] are still in the hunt for the treble which has only ever been done twice.

“This is the first time I have been away from Gaelic football and at the moment, to be honest, I don’t miss it. I’ve put so much into the last four years, it’s nice to be taking a step back.

“This is the first time since I was 19 years of age that I have had that step back and it has been refreshing.”

The 42-year old said the decision to walk about from the Donegal project was an obvious one considering he always intended it to be a four-year cycle.

“There is only so long you can drive people, you need people to drive themselves.”

McGuinness also paid tribute to his wife Yvonne for the support she has shown him since he left Donegal.

“I have a very understanding wife who is absolutely inspirational for me. She is on the road every single evening. [The kins] are at singing, speech and drama, Irish dancing, football, at French, at everything going.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

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