3 facts about Gor Mahia’s new coach, Jonathan Mckinstry

Friday, July 29th, 2022 16:50 | By
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Jonathan Mckinstry being unveiled as Gor Mahia's new head coach. PHOTO/Gor Mahia FC/Facebook

Gor Mahia will have their green army of supporters completely elated after finally unveiling their new head coach. Northern Ireland international Jonathan Mckinstry has been appointed as the new gaffer of the 19-time league champions.

The 37 year old takes the mantle after Andreas Spiers parted ways with Gor Mahia earlier this month.

More to the new signing is the incredible accomplishments Mckinstry has been able to make in his young spell as a football coach. Let's have a deeper look at Gor Mahia's new coach, Jonathan Mckinstry.

First Northern Irish to coach 3 international teams

Jonathan Mckinstry has definitely made a name for himself in global and also African football by being the first gaffer from Northern Ireland to coach three international teams.

Mckinstry has coached Uganda, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

In 2013 McKinstry moved into senior professional football when he was appointed manager of the Sierra Leone national football team, whom he guided to their highest ever FIFA World Ranking position.

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Jonathan Mckinstry signs a new deal with 19-time champions Gor Mahia.

Best international winning record

With a win percentage of 51% across his three international coaching roles, McKinstry has the best winning record in international football of anyone from Northern Ireland.

McKinstry has also coached in several countries; Northern Ireland, England, USA, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Lithuania and Bangladesh.

His early career was actually focused on elite youth development through roles with Newcastle United, New York Red Bulls, the Right to Dream Academy and the Craig Bellamy Foundation.

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Gor Mahia new head coach Jonathan Mckinstry. PHOTO/Gor Mahia FC/Facebook

Youngest ever international manager

In 2013, the Northern Irishman – then aged 27 - brought a meticulously researched dossier into an interview for his first senior managerial role and by the end of the selection process, Sierra Leone confirmed him as the youngest manager in international football.

McKinstry had moved to Sierra Leone three years earlier, being appointed technical director of the Craig Bellamy academy after being an academy coach with the New York Red Bulls.

Gor Mahia will now look forward to entering a new era with the Northern Irish coach.

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