Football Academy

John McLaughlan appointed Academy Coaching Development Manager

6th July 2021

Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of John McLaughlan as its Academy Coaching Development Manager.

The hugely experienced coach joins the Jambos as part of Sporting Director Joe Savage’s football department.

A former player with Partick Thistle, John cut his coaching teeth with the Jags and Livingston before joining the youth set up at Celtic in the mid noughties. He would go on to coach the U17s, U19s and lead the intermediate academy during a 17-year spell at Celtic Park.

He takes up his new role at Tynecastle with the aim of ensuring the best coaching methods are in place at youth level in order to progress the club’s young players towards the first team.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website about the appointment, Joe said: “I’m really happy that we’ve managed to bring John on board.

“He has a wealth of experience in the game here in Scotland and, crucially, he has specialised in youth development.

“It’s no secret that we’re focusing a lot on creating a pathway from youth level to the first team, and to have John here passing on his knowledge and mentoring our youth coaches is hugely exciting.

“To get someone in like John who is so established in academy football to really believe in the vision we have set out, and for him to be the one to deliver it, is a definite coup for us.”