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May 22, 2024

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Ex-Cranes coach gives his verdict on sacked Crane’s coach Jonathan McKinstry

Siggy AINE 

Uganda Cranes are currently without a manager a month prior to the world cup qualifiers slated for June after sacking Northern Irishman Jonathan Mckinstry.

This was after a disastrous run in the AFCON qualifiers where Uganda failed to secure maximum points against Malawi hence failing to secure a ticket for the finals to take place next year in Cameroon.

Qualifying for the biggest tournament on the continent had become accustomed to Ugandans.

They were hoping to secure qualification for a third time in a row and after the failure FUFA faced backlash from the fans which in turn turned the axe on the 35 year old, showing him the exit door.

Now former Scottish football player and ex Cranes manager who managed the country for five years from 2008-2013 has weighed in and given his thoughts about the fellow European.

Williamson said that he believed that the young manager was never the best choice for the Crane’s due to his lack of experience from playing football.

McKinstry was not the best coach for a team like Uganda’s Cranes, he never played; for example, I worked under nine managers as a player and learned on the field, good and bad from all of them before I took my license Who has Johnathan [McKinstry] learned from? He has studied the game and done his licences all well and good.

“Jose [Mourinho] has worked under great managers who have never played and has been successful. Jonathon has not. His relative wrote how successful he was in Uganda.”

Williamson said while talking to Goal Africa on Friday.

The Scott also weighed in on the ability of local coaches to take on the mantle to steer the Crane’s ahead.

He made his thoughts clear of the scenario and said that a number of factors such as tribalism, politics among other factors would make it difficult for a local coach unlike a foreign one who only cares about professionalism.

‘Unfortunately local coaches can be influenced, foreign coaches can’t be; they walk away if the professionalism can’t take it. There are great local coaches who can help the team perform. But they face a lot of politics and tribalism which makes their job hard. It is hard for local coaches to avoid such.”

It is not yet clear who FUFA are going to appoint amid calls for a local coach to be selected or if they will still go for a foreign coach.