Former Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness will publish his memoir, Until Victory Always with Gill Books this October.
McGuinness sent a shockwave through Gaelic games in 2011 when he took over as manager of the Donegal senior football team. Devising an approach which polarised opinion and forced fans, players and managers alike to look at the game differently, his Donegal side would, over the course of the next four seasons, win three Ulster championships and contest two All-Ireland finals, emerging victorious from their 2012 clash with Mayo to claim the county’s first senior All-Ireland Championship in two decades.
Until Victory Always charts the progress of the Donegal team in those years, meditating on the remarkable personal experiences and philosophy that shaped manager and players alike, and helped turn a group of perennial underachievers into the most powerful and disciplined team in Gaelic games.
McGuinness’s Editor at Gill Books, Conor Nagle, describes the book as, ‘Destined to become a classic – as moving and honest a meditation on the nature of sportsmanship, dedication and what it means to lead as I’ve ever read. Truly inspirational.’
McGuinness is writing the book in tandem with Keith Duggan, a Donegal native and former Sports Journalist of the Year, who currently holds the post of Chief Sports Writer with The Irish Times. The book will be in shops on 30 October.
About the Author
Jim McGuinness is an Irish sports coach and manager. His four-year period at the helm of the Donegal senior team, a county with which he won an All-Ireland medal as a player in 1992, ranks as one of the most successful in the sport’s recent history. Widely lauded as a tactical innovator and phenomenal motivator, he currently occupies the position of Performance Consultant with Scottish Premier League side Celtic FC. He lives with his wife and five children in Glenties, Co. Donegal.
Until Victory Always: A Memoir by Jim McGuinness is published by Gill Books on Friday 30 October, 2015, priced at €24.99, £21.99. For further information contact, Teresa Daly, Communications Manager, Gill Books, 01 500 9521, 086 838 3559, firstname.lastname@example.org.