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BBC One: Football Focus: Ben Smith asks Coach McKinstry about his success; Ebola; and plans for the future.

Coach McKinstry speaks about his career to date, and how in just 18 months he moved Sierra Leone into the top 50 of the world, before the outbreak of Ebola brought things to a halt. 

Ben Smith (BBC One Football Focus) takes up the extraordinary tale of Johnny McKinstry, who became manager of Sierra Leone at the age of just 27.  He led the team into the top 50 in the Fifa world rankings, losing only one of his first six matches. But two months ago, the 29-year old Northern Irishman was sacked by email, as the Ebola outbreak gathered momentum.



You can also read a supporting web article or watch the interview via the BBC website


(Interview originally screened in the UK on Football Focus, BBC One on Saturday 20 December at 12:10 GMT; and around the globe on BBC World Focus).





Quotes: What the media say

  • McKinstry has a voracious appetite for football and for learning, he lives and breathes it and his sense of adventure means predicting his next move is not easy.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • McKinstry has come close to a giant killing before, when his Sierra Leone side came within half an hour of defeating Herve Renard’s Cote d’Ivoire.

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    Ed Dove
  • Johnny McKinstry is one of the most intelligent, level-headed and knowledgeable managers in the game today. Few can match his achievements by the age of 30, and fewer still the success he has enjoyed in the game.

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    These Football Times
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