Report: John Park set to leave job in England after former Celtic boss is harshly treated

By John McGinley

June 7, 2022

Former Celtic head of development John Park is set to leave his recruitment role at Blackburn Rovers out of loyalty to the harshly treated Tony Mowbray, The Scottish Sun has reported.

Mowbray’s contract was up at Ewood Park and he gave a remarkably honest press conference in April, suggesting that there hadn’t even been a discussion about his future at the club after five years. The media event provoked plenty of sympathy at the time. [BBC]

It was subsequently confirmed that he would be leaving the club despite a sustained push for a promotion playoff place last season.

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The Scottish Sun say that Park’s deal was also up and he is not interested in renewing, partly because of the situation involving his close friend and former Celtic colleague Mowbray.

Park worked with many managers at the Bhoys, from Gordon Strachan through to Brendan Rodgers. He eventually left in October 2016, shortly after Rodgers’ arrival.

The experienced recruitment expert is expected to have plenty of offers at home and abroad this year.

Park’s reputation at Celtic was strong, helping to bring in names such as Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele during his time at the club, all of whom were sold for a large profit.

Mowbray didn’t have as successful a time in a senior role but still has memories of good times at the club as a player, being the man who first initiated the famous huddle back in the 1990s.

All the best to both in their footballing futures!

In other news, Fresh look for Celtic Park on the way this month; work begins.