Johan Mjallby to Step Down from Celtic Coaching Role

Liam Newman@@thatliamnewmanContributor IApril 23, 2014

A general view of the stadium ahead of the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Scott Heppell

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has announced his desire to leave the SPL Champions this summer.

The former Celtic player had joined Neil Lennon's backroom staff in 2010, a spell in which the club has lifted three SPL titles and two Scottish Cup trophies, but he is now ready to bring an end to his time with the Glasgow giants in favour of seeking a new challenge within the game.

News of the 49-year-old's decision was broken via the club's official website. The Swedish coach took time to express his gratitude towards the Hoops and to reflect on his time at Celtic Park: 

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. 

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

Prior to joining the club's coaching staff, Mjallby had previously enjoyed a successful spell at Celtic Park in a playing capacity.

During a six-year spell, which started in 1998, Mjallby helped Celtic to three SPL titles, two Scottish Cups, and two Scottish League Cups. He captained the side on several occasions and additionally played a major role in the Glasgow team's run to the 2003 UEFA Cup final, which they lost to Jose Mourinho's Porto.

Celtic are yet to make any announcements regarding Mjallby's successor.