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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 to lead Gambia National Team

Coach McKinstry to lead Gambia National Team

Coach McKinstry appointed as Head Coach of Gambia Scorpions (25 May 2024).  Read More
McKinstry leads Gor Mahia to Kenyan Premier League title

McKinstry leads Gor Mahia to Kenyan Premier League title

Coach McKinstry and Gor Mahia crowned Champions of the Kenyan Premier League (25 June 2023).  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
Coach McKinstry delivers 2 wins in every 3 games for Uganda cranes

REVIEW: Coach McKinstry and the Uganda Cranes

Winning 2 in every 3 games played, Coach McKinstry delivered Uganda their strongest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate in over 15 years (May 2021).  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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Coach McKinstry to share expertise at SoccerEx 2014.

Coach McKinstry to share expertise at SoccerEx 2014.

Coach McKinstry will speak on the opening day, sharing his experience in "Developing the Next Generation of Football Talent"

This session will bring together representatives from Africa’s leading academies to
discuss the current landscape for academies in Africa and share best practice and secrets.

  • Gérard Houllier - Head of Soccer - Red Bull, former manager of the French national team, and architect of the world-famous Clairefontaine academy
  • Johnny McKinstry - Academy Manager of the Craig Bellamy Foundation and former Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Team
  • Tom Vernon - Founder - Right to Dream Academy

Soccerex2014 Speakers

 

About SoccerEx 

Now in its third year, the Soccerex African Forum, 4-5 November 2014, has evolved into the continent’s largest and leading football conference.  In 2014, the Forum will build on the success of the two previous editions and will attract over 1,000 of the industry’s key stakeholders to Durban.

Supported by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), it will provide a platform for the key issues to be addressed including soccer and league development, major event delivery, commercial best practice as well as a large emphasis on the relationship between sport and governance.

It is attended by the game’s leading administrators, national sports ministers, key business figures and football legends, all with the same objective of growing the business side of football on the continent.

See the event brochure.

See the current version of the programme

Quotes: What the media say

  • Under his management, the team played attractive football, scored goals and racked up some important results.

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    Eoin O'Callaghan the42.ie
  • McKinstry made an impressive start, losing just one of his first six matches and leading Sierra Leone into the top 50 of Fifa's world rankings, above Northern Ireland, the Republic, Cameroon and Senegal.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • The figures do not lie. The six matches on McKinstry’s watch have been World Cup or Cup of Nations qualifiers. They have lost one.

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    the guardian
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