BREAKING: Mark Catlin steps down as Portsmouth chief executive

Mark Catlin has stepped down as Pompey chief executive.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 11:05 am
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 11:49 am

He leaves the Blues to take up a position with The Topps Company, but will remain as a director of the Blues.

Catlin arrived at Fratton Park in 2012 to work voluntarily with the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and Presidents in helping save the club from extinction.

He was then appointed CEO and helped ensure existing debts of more than £8m and annual losses of more than £1m were erased during the recovery from administration.

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Mark Catlin. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Pompey also achieved promotion from League Two in 2016-17 during Catlin’s tenure, as well as clinch Checkatrade Trophy final glory at Wembley in 2019.

Catlin said: ‘It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have been CEO of Portsmouth Football Club. To represent this club and our supporters – I would argue some of the most loyal and passionate in the world – has genuinely been the greatest experience of my life.

‘I have been extremely fortunate to work as part of a larger team throughout this period, with people who care passionately about Pompey.

‘Whether staff, director or fan, we all share a deep love and emotional attachment to the club and city.

‘Football isn’t an exact science and the ups and downs are all part of the emotional rollercoaster of caring so much about the club. If you don’t hurt with the lows, you can’t experience the joy and emotional feelings of the highs – the two are entwined.

‘Taking on this exciting new challenge as General Manager of International Sports and Entertainment at The Topps Company enables me to continue my association with Portsmouth Football Club as it embarks on an exciting new era – both on and off the pitch.

‘I want to thank Pompey fans for their support of the club during my time as CEO. It’s impossible to always agree in such a subjective sport and I have always welcomed opinions, whether they are positive or negative, from you all.

‘In Michael Eisner and the board we have incredible owners. In Danny and Nicky Cowley, we have an amazing new management team, and in Greg Miller we have an outstanding, bright academy manager.

‘Along with the rest of the off-field team, who so much credit goes to, we are lucky to have an array of individuals who are some of the best – if not the best – in their relative areas of expertise, across all divisions.

‘We are perfectly positioned to continue to build on the progress made, on and off the pitch, during my time as CEO.’

Pompey are soon to announce the club’s new chief executive and Catlin will remain until the end of the month to aid the transition.