Catlin: Cook fee was justified

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss points to lack of cutting edge

  • Catlin believes fee was worth paying for Cook
  • Pompey shelled out around £150,000 for top choice
  • Season ticket sales increase in wake of Cook’s arrival
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POMPEY were justified in shelling out to bring in Paul Cook.

Chief executive Mark Catlin feels paying a fee to land their number one managerial choice was the right thing to do.

It is a figure we felt was worth paying to bring in our number one choice.

Mark Catlin

And he believes the feelgood factor injected by Cook’s arrival last week underlines that.

Pompey stumped up around £150,000 to activate a buy-out clause to bring the 48-year-old in from Chesterfield.

That’s an indication of 
how highly the board favoured their prime target, with other candidates out of contract and available for free.

Catlin is certain it was the right move to make – and the upturn in season ticket sales since Cook’s appointment seems to support his case.

On top of that, a whopping 87 per cent backed the Scouser’s arrival in the opening week of our Great Pompey Survey.

Catlin said: ‘The compensation figure is significant.

‘It’s certainly not to be sniffed at.

‘Although it is a 
substantial figure, it’s something in the scheme of things with our players and turnover which is not a make-or-break figure.

‘It is a figure we felt was worth paying to bring in our number one choice.

‘The season-ticket sales have rocketed since Paul’s come in.

‘That’s a great indicator 
of what the supporters 
think.

‘The figures in The News’ poll over his appointment are also incredible.’

Meanwhile, Shane Nicholson has left his role as fitness coach at Chesterfield.

Louis Langdown departed as Pompey’s lead strength and conditioning coach last Monday as Cook started work on his backroom team.