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Assistant manager Johan Mjallby makes surprise Celtic exit

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 18:22 | Comments

Johan Mjallby (left) has parted company with Celtic and Neil Lennon
Johan Mjallby (left) has parted company with Celtic and Neil Lennon

Celtic have announced the surprise departure of assistant manager Johan Mjallby.

The club revealed the Swede would leave Celtic Park at the end of the season to look at new challenges in football.

Mjallby told the club's official website: "I have enormous affection for Celtic Football Club and it is with sadness that the time to leave has arrived. However, I now leave to seek some different opportunities."

Neil Lennon immediately brought in Mjallby, his former Hoops team-mate, when he was handed the Celtic manager's job on a temporary basis in March 2010, and their appointments were soon made more long-term.

The former Sweden defender previously spent almost six years as a player at Parkhead after being signed by Jozef Venglos in November 1998.

Neil Lennon immediately brought in Mjallby, his former Hoops team-mate, when he was handed the Celtic manager's job on a temporary basis in March 2010, and their appointments were soon made more long-term.

The former Sweden defender previously spent almost six years as a player at Parkhead after being signed by Jozef Venglos in November 1998.

Mjallby, who has helped Celtic to three consecutive titles, said: "The club has been part of my life for almost two decades and I have been dedicated to them in every way, first of all as a player and then in management.

"As a player, it was a time when we achieved great success and I had the privilege to work with football people and players who were first-class and real quality. We had some great moments and memories I will always cherish.

"It was an honour to return to the club and work in management with Neil, Garry (Parker) and the players, and we have worked hard over the last few years to once again bring the club success.

"I hope Neil, the staff and the players can deliver many more trophies and titles for our fans in the future.

"I would like to sincerely thank all our supporters for all they have given me and everything they have given to the club. They are special fans, the best I have ever seen in football."

Lennon, who has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Norwich, said: "I will be very sad to see Johan leave the club. He has given us such great service over a number of years and he will always be a big part of Celtic.

"When I was given the chance to be in charge of the team, Johan was the obvious choice to join me in tackling the challenges ahead and from day one, he has been a very important part of our success.

"He was always respected by players and our supporters, who knew how committed he was to Celtic. Johan is a great man and will always be a great friend.

"I know whatever challenge Johan chooses next, he will be a great success and I wish him and his family nothing but good fortune for the future."

The club announced they would begin the process of appointing a replacement. Lennon has former Leicester team-mate Parker and former Celtic skipper Danny McGrain on his first-team coaching staff.

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