A SCOT who was technical director for Brentford FC has died at the age of 28.
Robert Rowan had worked for the English Championship club for four years, managing day to day football operations and overseeing the club’s B team before moving to the role of technical director.
It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the death of Technical Director Robert Rowan, aged 28
Everyone at the club is devastated by the news and our thoughts go out to Rob's friends and family at this time
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) November 13, 2018
Before moving to the London club, Fife-born Rowan was sporting director at Stenhousemuir and had worked as an analyst and a scout for both Celtic and the Scottish Football Association.
A Brentford statement said: “All at the Club have been left devastated by the news. All our thoughts are with Robert’s wife, his family and all his friends – many of whom work at Brentford FC.”
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with the family and friends of former #CelticFC scout Robert Rowan.
RIP, Rob. 🍀 https://t.co/NsmSmFi0L7
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 13, 2018
Brentford’s chief executive, Mark Devlin, wrote on Twitter: “We are all simply devastated with this news. Rob was a terrific man and a great character around the Club.
“We will all miss him greatly & will do all we can to support Rob’s family at this incredibly difficult time. Our deepest condolences go to all of Rob’s family and friends.”
A tweet from Celtic’s club account said: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the club are with the family and friends of formerscout Robert Rowan. RIP Rob.”
Rangers coach Michael Beale said: “Terrible news to hear about Robert Rowan passing away. He was highly thought of in the game and a big part of the good work being done at Brentford FC – Condolences to his family and friends.”