(born 26 March 1965 in Dublin
) is an Irish football
former manager and player and current assistant manager of the Faroe Islands national football team
Nicknamed Johnny Mac
, he had an accomplished career as a footballer
before entering management. The majority of his career was spent at St. Pats and he captained the side to the 1996 League of Ireland
Championship. He also won 1 Inter League cap while with Pats.
As a defender
, McDonnell started his career with Shamrock Rovers
in the 1983/84 season (5 total appearances), followed by Home Farm F.C.
, Drogheda United
before signing for Pats. After winning the league there he signed back for Rovers for the 1991/92 where he scored once in 34 appearances.
He then signed back for another spell at Richmond Park
where he captained the side to the League triumph in the 1995/96 season under mananger Brian Kerr
. Despite missing out on the Champions League
due to then format in the first ever European tie at Richmond Park McDonnell scored in the UEFA Cup
tie with SK Slovan Bratislava
He then moved to Newry Town
. It was with the Northern Irish
club that he made the first step into management, becoming player-manager
In this first ever season in European competition, Newry Town (as they were then known) were drawn against the Croatia
side Hrvatski Dragovoljac
. A 1-0 defeat in Croatia was followed by a historic 2-0 win at home to send the club into the second round. There they met......