Sporting Director Hits Ground Running

Frank McParland Hits Ground Running

New Sporting Director Frank McParland insists he will do everything 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 working with manager Sean Dyche to identify and sign summer targets, in addition to overseeing recruitment at Academy level.


The former Liverpool Chief Scout, who worked under Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, insists Clarets supporters can look forward to a summer of new arrivals.

Speaking about the club Frank McParland 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 players into the club.

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


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.”

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