Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Frank McParland (above, centre) in the position of Sporting Director.
Liverpool-born McParland, 56, who worked at Watford as Chief Scout during Clarets boss Sean Dyche’s time there, and recently left the role of Director of Football at Sky Bet Championship side Brentford, will take up his new role from June 1.
In addition to working at Bolton Wanderers in the role of General Manager, McParland previously worked as Chief Scout at Liverpool between 2003 and 2007, before returning to Anfield in 2009 as the Director of Academy and Player Development, where he helped to recruit the likes of England international Raheem Sterling, Jordan Ibe and Jerome Sinclair.
And Burnley Football Club Chief Executive David Baldwin is delighted to be able to welcome someone with such a vast array of footballing experience to the club.
Baldwin said: “We welcome Frank to the club and we feel he will be a valuable addition to our team.
“His recruitment of talent is well documented and he has huge experience in working with players from Academy level all the way up to first team.
“We are confident this knowledge will be a big asset throughout the spine of our club as we look to recruit players both for the present and the future.”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who will continue to have the remit on player signings, added: “As the club continues to progress I have mentioned many times that things, both on and off the pitch, are changing to further improve and strengthen us, in order to continue to achieve.
“The structure is to change to include someone who has a long and deep knowledge at varying levels of football and who can play their part in enhancing our chances going forward.”