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UEFA Pro Coach and Professional Football Manager.  

Experienced at the highest level, including as Head Coach of the Uganda, Rwanda and Sierra Leone National Football Teams.  

European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified, with a record of elite player development across America, Africa and Europe.

 

News & Reviews

Coach McKinstry departs as Head Coach of Uganda National Team

Coach McKinstry departs as Head Coach of Uganda National Team

Coach McKinstry departs his role as Head Coach of Uganda National Team (19 April 2021).  Read More
Coach McKinstry - REVIEW: 20 Years of Coaching - Highlights and Key Stats

REVIEW: 20 Years of Coaching - Highlights and Key Stats

March 2021 saw Coach McKinstry pass his 20-year milestone in football coaching.  Over that time he has improved the win-performance of a number of teams Read More
CHAN 2020: Experience gained and lessons learnt.

CHAN 2020: Experience gained and lessons learnt.

Considerable disappointment as Uganda exits the African Nations Championship (CHAN) at the group stages again. Early analytics however point to a number of areas of Read More
Coach McKinstry leads Uganda to 2019 CECAFA Victory

CECAFA 2019: Coach McKinstry leads Uganda to 2019 CECAFA Victory

Uganda win CECAFA 2019: Uganda beat Eritrea to be crowned CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Winners of 2019 (19 Dec 2019). Read More
Coach McKinstry: Rwanda - Review

Review: Moving the Rwanda 'Amavubi' to New Heights.

Review: Coach McKinstry led Rwanda to their best ever performance in a major competition (Qtr-Finals of CHAN) and finished runner up in CECAFA. (January 2017). Read More
Coach McKinstry, working with the Leone Stars.  Pic © Darren McKinstry - more at www.johnnymckinstry.com/leonestars

Review: Coach McKinstry's Successes & Challenges with the Leone Stars

Within just 16 months Coach McKinstry had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings (August 2014). Read More
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  • Uganda National Team

    Coach McKinstry was Head Coach of the Uganda national team Sep 2019 - Apr 2021.
    Coach McKinstry delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games and went undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played. He led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019, doing so by winning every game they played. In AFCON, under his management Uganda were the only of 48 nations to concede zero goals from open play.
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  • Rwanda National Team

    As Head Coach of the Rwanda national team (2015-16), Coach McKinstry led Rwanda to new heights.
    This included securing Rwanda’s best ever performance in a major competition (Quarter-Finals of the 2016 CAF Nations Championship); finishing runner up in CECAFA 2015; and other key achievements.
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  • Sierra Leone National Team

    Coach McKinstry was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone national team from April 2013 - September 2014.
    Within just 16 months Coach McKinstry had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014), an achievement hailed by FIFA.com as "remarkable".
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Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry led the team to their highest ever placing in the FIFA world rankings. They broke into the top 50, ahead of his native Northern Ireland.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • This is not a man who does things by the book. Having been a coach from the age of 15, McKinstry already has miles on the clock.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • Johnny McKinstry is one of the most intelligent, level-headed and knowledgeable managers in the game today. Few can match his achievements by the age of 30, and fewer still the success he has enjoyed in the game.

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    These Football Times
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