• Ends six years at Hearts to make the big move south to ambitious League One club
  • Lead Youth Development Phase Coach role perfectly suited to his academic and coaching CV
  • Earns plaudits from a host of respected figures within the Scottish game

A CHANGE OF HEART...Scott McLennan has ended his Jambos stay to move to Fleetwood

SCOTT McLENNAN has been appointed Lead Youth Development Phase Coach at Fleetwood Town.

The highly-regarded UEFA A Licence holder and Sport Careers Agency client has ended a six-year stay at Scottish Premiership newcomers Hearts to take over his new role.

McLennan will be charged with the responsibility of rearing new talent from within for the English League One club who are managed now by the experienced Simon Grayson.

It's a task he is superbly suited for after piecing together an impressive body of work at Tynecastle following his graduation from Stirling University with a BA in sports Studies.

Scott was U16 Lead Coach and assistant with the U18s at the Edinburgh giants who are now back in the Scottish Premiership following a controversial demotion and a dominant Championship win.

McLennan's energy and enthusiasm - married to his coaching ability and burning desire to learn - have impressed a host of top names within the Scottish game.

He has added MSc in Advanced Football Coaching from the University of South Wales and a BSc in Developing Athletes through Professional Practice from Edinburgh's Napier University to his academic qualifications.

On his football journey his attention to detail and the connection he makes with those he coaches also led to a stint in the Scottish Football Association Performance School system.

That pipeline has graduated talents like Chelsea and Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour who was Man of the Match in this month's 0-0 Euro 2020 draw at Wembley.

Scott's Sport Careers Agency CV features glowing testimonials from the likes of current Hearts boss Robbie Neilson and John Rankin who he coached alongside with the Jambos U18 side.

Those plaudits are not easily won and now the next step is ready to be taken at the ambitious English One club as they seek to breed more of their own stars.

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