Blackpool Football Club is delighted to announce the appointments of Tommy Johnson and Jonathan Gibson to enhance the club’s recruitment and scouting operation.
A treble winner with Celtic, Tommy Johnson joins the club as Head of Recruitment, having had a distinguished 19-year playing career that also included two promotions with Notts County, a League Cup triumph with Aston Villa and seven caps for England at under-21 level.
He moved into coaching with Notts County in 2007, prior to joining Leicester City as Chief Scout and then the Northern Ireland under-17 and under-21 setups as assistant manager.
Since then, the 48-year-old has held senior scouting and recruitment positions at Championship and Premier League level with Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, Watford and Nottingham Forest.
Jonathan Gibson, meanwhile, takes up the position of Head of Technical Scouting following 10 years with West Bromwich Albion, six of which were spent as the Baggies’ Recruitment Manager and the other four as the club’s Head of Performance Analysis.
Owner Simon Sadler said:
“I am pleased to welcome both Tommy and Jonathan to the club in what are very defined recruitment and scouting roles.
“From the outset, I have made clear that I want this to be a modern, progressive football club and I believe that, alongside the football expertise of our new CEO Ben Mansford, these appointments will form a structured recruitment setup that will support the manager and enable us to identify, monitor and sign players for the long-term.”