Club in talks

Ex-Celtic chief scout poised for key role in Falkirk takeover

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Falkirk expects a deal to be done shortly (pic: SNS Group)


Falkirk are expected to be taken over by English businessman Mark Campbell with former Celtic chief scout John Park likely to be appointed football director.

The Falkirk board has begun “detailed negotiations” with a view to finalising a deal by the end of August. The move would see an “initial seven-figure cash injection”.

The club says Mr Campbell has interests in sport, real estate and coffee retailing and is offering “an exciting and ambitious vision through a multi-million pound investment in the club and its facilities”.

His proposal would concentrate on returning the club to the top flight as well as building new facilities at the Falkirk Stadium, including a new youth academy. The previous academy was closed at the end of 2017 due to financial pressures.

Park was also academy director at Hibs and during his nine years at Parkhead was credited with spotting such stars as Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama, and Moussa Dembele.

The club says the deal will allow funds for Park to spend if negotiations are done before the transfer window closes.

Mr Campbell said: “We still have to go through due diligence and detailed negotiations with the club but we are hopeful we can have everything in place by the end of August. I’ve been hugely impressed by what has been achieved at Falkirk.

“The club has a large and loyal fan base and I want to work with these fans and the staff to make the club everything that it should be. I am looking forward to engaging with fans, so that I can get to know them and they get to know me.

“I am interested in the long-term sustainability of the club which will have an exceptional football director in John Park, and working with the fans and the local community I want to make the Falkirk Stadium an exciting hub for sports and community.

“I have wanted to own a football club for some time.

“I’ve looked at a number in England and Scotland but when I was introduced to Falkirk I saw huge potential and an opportunity to achieve something special on the field and to make more of the facilities to help sustain the business for the long term.”

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