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Frank Talk From New Sporting Director McParland

2 June 2015

New Sporting Director Frank McParland insists he will do all in his power to help Sean Dyche and Burnley return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

McParland has hit the ground running since being appointed to work in tandem with Dyche to identify and sign key targets, in addition to overseeing recruitment at Academy level.

And the former Liverpool Chief Scout, who worked under Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, insists Clarets fans can look forward to a summer of new faces to counter the inevitable departure of Danny Ings.

He said: “It’s a big summer for the club. It’s massive for every club, but we’ve just come out of the Premier League and our aim is to get back there as soon as possible.

“It’s certainly what the manager wants and I am here to try and help him as much as possible.

“We have to recruit well, so I’ll be working hard with the gaffer and everyone else to try and get some decent ones in.

“I think we are in good shape. The club is financially sound and I think we will do our due diligence properly, but for sure there will be players coming in this summer.”

McParland, who began work at Turf Moor on Monday, outlined his vision for the role in a special interview with Clarets Player.

And the former Watford Chief Scout, who worked alongside Dyche at Vicarage Road, insisted the final say on players still lies firmly with the manager.

He explained: “The role of Sporting Director involves helping the gaffer look at new players, doing contracts for existing players, working for the Academy, which is something close to my heart, and also scouting, which is a big part.

“I’m a link that will run through the spine of the club, but the role of a manager now is tough and he can’t do everything. They have to concentrate on the team and tactics and it’s hard to also contend with doing transfers, scouting and looking after the philosophy of the club right down into the Academy.

“I’ll be working very closely with Sean on all that and making sure we’re aligned in everything we do.

My role is recommending targets, along with the scouts. It’s very much about more than one pair of eyes and we do a lot of work beforehand.

“We’ll make mistakes, but hopefully all that work minimises any mistakes. But it’s about signing players he (Dyche) wants to sign and if we put a player to Sean and he doesn’t fancy him, he doesn’t come to the club; it’s as simple as that.”

The full interview with McParland can be seen now on Clarets Player.
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