Falkirk part company with scout and midfielder

Haworth signed a two-year deal in the summer
Haworth signed a two-year deal in the summer

Chief Scout Tom O’Neill and attacking midfielder Andy Haworth have both left Falkirk.

Boss Steven Pressley announced the departures on the club website.

As featured in The Falkirk Herald this week, the manager had admitted some of his summer signings - including Haworth - hadn’t worked.

The former Blackburn, Rochdale and Bury player failed to score for the Bairns in a competitive game despite a promising start in pre-season.

And, despite being viewed as a ‘make the difference-type player’ by Pressley, he has only been on the park for five of the Bairns goals since the league campaign kicked off.

With on-the-ball trickery he tantalised fans, but all too infrequently, and he regularly frustrated. However he seemed to turn a corner at Raith Rovers recently, linking well with striker Lyle Taylor.

But a lackadaisical second half of that game contributed to the Bairns defeat and was followed by another poor show at Livingston which would be his last in a Falkirk jersey.

An agreement has been made with Haworth - who was only months into a two-year deal - to leave the Bairns immediately.

Pressley however told www.falkirkfc.co.uk he was “distraught” to lose his chief scout, who he worked with at Celtic.

However, O’Neill is yet another victim of the Bairns’ cost-cutting.

The talk from the club’s AGM on Monday was focussed on the lack of money for first-team re-inforcements, and the player pathway of promotion from the Falkirk Academy - both of which appeared to reduce the requirement of a chief scout at the club.