Sean Dyche has thanked Frank McParland for his efforts at Burnley as the Sporting Director prepares to take up a new role of Head of Recruitment at Glasgow Rangers.
Dyche revealed he made an 11th hour bid to retain the services of the former Liverpool Chief Scout, who joined the Clarets in May.
The Burnley manager said: “I am sad to lose Frank because he has done very well for us. As a person I get on very well with him too and respect the job he does.
“I was chatting to him just this morning and still thinking that he might be with us, but his decision was pretty much made.
“It was always in the back of my mind that he had a really good relationship with (Rangers manager) Mark Warburton and (assistant) David Weir, as do I, and maybe the difference is they went up to Rangers and have got off to an absoluter flyer.
“We all know when that happens, it gives you a better chance of developing the club.
“Most clubs, when you go in, want you to win on the pitch and when that starts, people build a bit of belief in you and you can restructure.
“I was afforded the time to do that here and Mark has done that at Rangers. Now he can begin piecing together a bigger structure.”
Dyche and Warburton at the pre-season game at Ibrox
Dyche added: “We all understand that Rangers is a big club that will walk that league this season, with the manager and team they have.
“Maybe there’s a bit of a challenge, but ultimately it’s that personal connection and we thank him for his efforts.
“He has worked very hard for us and done some good bits of business for us, so we wish him well, even though I would have liked him to stay a bit longer.”
Dyche, who headed up the restructured recruitment team along with McParland, Chairman Mike Garlick and CEO David Baldwin, added: “People mustn’t forget that for the first 18 months we had a small staff and were doing lots of the recruitment ourselves.
“There is a lot goes into the idea of recruiting players and Frank was part of that, but there is a lot of information shared and so we move forwards.”