Edinburgh City seek new manager as James McDonaugh moves into new role

Edinburgh City are on the hunt for a new manager after James McDonaugh agreed to become the club’s new sporting director.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 12:52 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th March 2021, 12:52 pm
Edinburgh City manager James McDonaugh has moved into a sporting director role. Pic: SNS

And his first task in his new role will be to help the club source his replacement in the dug-out after vacating the position he has held since October 2017.

Under McDonaugh’s leadership, City have developed from a relegation-threatened side into promotion and title challengers, finishing third in his first full season in charge, improving to runners-up in last year’s curtailed campaign, and currently lying fifth in League Two ahead of the restart following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

The decision to create a sporting director role was taken in consultation with McDonaugh with the club stating that “it became clear early in those discussions that the position would be an ideal fit for both him and the club.”

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On his move upstairs, McDonough said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last three and a half years representing the club as manager and now I can’t wait to begin my new role as sporting director. The board has a lot of ambition and ideas to move the club forward and I can’t wait to help and be part of it in the future.

“I’d like to thank my backroom staff and all the players that have played in this period as well as the great support we have received as a team from fans, volunteers and sponsors. The current squad are more than capable of being promoted this year and I wish them the very best as they have been a pleasure to work with through mostly good times but also these recent difficult times that we’ve experienced.”

Club chairman Jim Brown said: “Everyone at the club is delighted that James has accepted the role of sporting director. Over the past few months the club has been working tirelessly on various projects that will allow us to continue our development both on and off the park. Our long-term ambitions can only be enhanced by having James in this new and exciting role as his knowledge and experience will be invaluable to the board.”

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