Team 33 | "It's never more apparent to you than when you see people in full white HAZMAT suits"

Northern Irish coach Johnny McKinstry on a globetrotting career that's taken him from West Africa to Bangladesh

BY Raf Diallo 13:35 Wednesday 28 November 2018, 13:35 28 Nov 2018

Johnny McKinstry has taken a panoramic view of coaching in world football.

Still only 33-years-old, the Lisburn native has already been manager of the Sierra Leone and Rwanda national teams as well as managing a club in Lithuania and is now head coach of Saif Sporting Club in Bangladesh which is where he joined me on Skype.

The Northern Irishman chatted to Team 33 about how he ended up taking on that globe-trotting managerial career, including having to contend with the Ebola crisis while in charge of Sierra Leone.

"The seriousness of the situation was very clear and that's never more apparent to you than when you see people in full white HAZMAT suits walking up the street because they have to go and address a situation of someone who's either died of the disease or whatever it happens to be," he said.

"And when you see that, you're very clear of the seriousness of the environment you find yourself in but equally the Ebola disease is one of contact and so it's not an airborne disease, so anything that is contact based is something that you can, if you're careful, in some ways control.

"So the thing in Sierra Leone, is there was chlorine handwash outside every place of business, every restaurant and it was more of a curfew situation."

You can listen to the full interview with Johnny McKinstry on the podcast player or on iTunes:

Also on this week's show, Killian Woods and Enda Coll joined me to discuss the pros and cons of the FAI's managerial succession plan taking Mick McCarthy all the way to 2020 when Stephen Kenny succeeds him.

Also we'll broadcast and podcast an interview with Southampton cult hero Marian Pahars on the show in the next week or two with that chat recorded this week.

Apart from Gary Neville, Ian Wright and Arsenal Fan TV founder Robbie Lyle, recent interviews on Team 33 include former Man United cult hero Andrei Kanchelskis, former Ireland striker Niall Quinn, ex-England international Carlton Palmer, former Newcastle and Everton left back Alessandro Pistone, Chelsea legends Bobby Tambling and Paddy Mulligan, Dutch legend Johan Neeskens, ex-England striker Darius Vassell, Liverpool legend David Fairclough, former Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella, USA captain Eric Lichaj and former Everton forward Tomasz Radzinski. Plus our in-depth chats with Tony CotonPackie BonnerNobby SolanoRon Atkinson and Alan Curbishley are still available on iTunes. You can find them all in one place by subscribing to Team 33 on iTunes.


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