Jimmy Quinn began his managerial career with Reading in December 1994.
Quinn was appointed joint manager with Mick Gooding whilst still playing for the club. Reading finished second in Division One in his first full season as a manager. The club were denied automatic promotion to the Premier League as a result of a new format being introduced, reducing the league from 22 teams to 20 that season.
After missing out to Bolton in the play-off final at Wembley, Reading are the only team to finish second in English football's second tier and not get promoted.
After Reading Quinn joined Peterborough United in 1997 he scored 25 league goals in his first season, resulting in being selected in the PFA Division Three team.
In October 1998, Quinn was appointed the manager of Swindon Town after the departure of Steve McMahon. After leaving Swindon in May 2000, Quinn had brief spells as a player at Northwich Victoria and Hereford United of the Football Conference, Highworth Town of the Hellenic Football League, and Hayes of the Conference.
In July 2001, Quinn returned Northwich as manager where he also appeared for the club 46 times, finding the net 8 times.
At the beginning of the 2003-04 season Quinn was confirmed as manager of Shrewsbury, and he enjoyed immediate success by leading the club to the Football League by winning the Conference playoff final. At this stage Quinn was 44, but this did not prevent him from making 15 Conference appearances and scored four goals.
After a brief spell as assistant manager at Peterborough, Quinn then became manager of Norwegian Division Three club Egersunds in December 2005 enjoying a very successful spell.
On 15 September 2006 Quinn was appointed manager of Conference side Cambridge United. In the 2007–08 season, Quinn led Cambridge to the Blue Square Premier play-offs. The side beat Burton Albion 4–3 on aggregate in the semi-finals, but missed out to Exeter City at Wembley.
After leaving Cambridge in June 2008, he became manager of Bournemouth in September. He parted company with the club in December 2008.
As a player, Quinn represented Northern Ireland for 11 years, winning 48 caps and scoring 12 goals, making him one of the highest scorers in their history. He also helped Northern Ireland qualify for the 1986 World Cup.
Overall, Quinn played 578 games in the Football League, scoring 210 goals. He achieved three Promotions in his playing days, in 1993/94 as Division Two Champion (promotion to Division One) with Reading, in 1990/91 Division Two runner up (promotion to Division One) with West Ham United and in 1986/87 Division Three Playoff Winner (promotion to Division Two) with Swindon Town. He was also Division Two Golden Boot Winner in 1993/94.