Edinburgh City Confirms the Departure of James McDonaugh

The Club can confirm that Sporting Director James McDonaugh has left his role to accept a position with Hibernian’s Youth Academy. James has been with the Club since October 2017, firstly as manager then since March this year as Sporting Director. Hibernian’s approach was unwanted however following discussions with James, it became clear that this was something he was keen to explore.

In his time as manager James led the Club to third and then second place finishes in League 2, with a particular highlight of his tenure being a superb run to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup in 2018. After taking up the position of Sporting Director he has worked extremely hard to support the board and first team management, while at the same time putting the building blocks in place for our Youth Section to develop.

Chairman Jim Brown paid tribute to James when ECFC TV spoke to him:

“James came into the Club when we were battling to maintain our SPFL future and he helped us consolidate our position and introduced a greater level of professionalism to the way the first team was organised, both on and off the field. As a Club we backed him and he delivered our highest league position in 2018, then improved on that the following season. I would like to thank him for all the hard work and determination he has shown during his time here; he has played a big part in the Club’s development and I wish him nothing but success in the future.”

ECFC TV spoke the James and he had this to say on the news of his departure:

“I’d like to thank everyone at the club, the directors, supporters, volunteers, players and staff for the near four years I have been at the club.

There has been so many great times and memories to take away. I’ve formed some great relationships throughout the club but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get back coaching and being on the training pitch daily.

Thank you and good luck to everyone at City in the future; the Club will always be special to me and I will continue to look out for their results every week!”

Everyone at the Club wishes James good luck in his new role!