By Allan Damba
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the Uganda Football Federations (FUFA) is looking at hiring Englishman and Chelsea football club coach Chris Mcginn as head coach for the Cranes.
The Italian journalist who rarely misses his target regarding transfers around the world made the confirmation of interest on his official Facebook account in one of his series of transfer updates.
“Chris Mcginn, currently a coach at Chelsea FC and has worked with top premier league sides like Arsenal-now being looked at by Uganda Football federation as the next manager,” read the post.
It is not the first time that Mcginn’s name pops up with linkages to the Uganda national senior team job having previously on two occasions confirmed interest.
In 2017, after Uganda and Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic parting ways, the 58 year old expressed interest but lost to Sebastien Desabre who left two years later.
In 2019, he yet again showed intent to coach the Cranes after Desabre’s departure but lost again, this time to Jonathan Mckinstry who was sacked in March 2021 leaving Abdallah Mubiru in charge on an interim basis to date.
Besides Chelsea, Mcginn has had coaching roles at Arsenal (1999-2005), Fulham(2008-2014) and was head coach at Leyton Orient between 2016-2017 according to his online bios.
The coach who holds a UEFA A licence has as well previously worked as head coach for the Great Britain Men’s Deaf Team(Team GB) and Fulham Deaf Team FC.
His experience within football circles has seen him take on scouting roles in the late 90s, he was the first team scout for Sheffield Wednesday between 1996-1997 before taking on a similar role at Wigan in 1997-1999.
He has worked with some of the world’s biggest names in football in Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs among others.
According to his LinkedIn bio, Chris has helped players such as Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling, Bobby Zamora and many more.
The bio also reveals that he has worked with coaches such as Terry Venables, Sven Goren Eriksson and Martin Jol. From working with top players and managers to managing teams from Non-League to international level.
The football governing body has taken its time before appointing Mckinstry’s successor but with the World cup qualifiers just around the corner (September), a decision could soon be made.