The former Commonwealth Games boxer has established himself as a highly popular and instantly-recognisable figure at Fratton Park
However, he had decided to cut down on kit duties to spend more time with beloved wife, Sarah.
She successfully beat bowel cancer last year – and McCormack wishes to devote more attention to his wife of 25 years.
As a result, he will no longer attend Pompey matches, instead taking on the role as the club’s assistant kitman.
That will entail working purely from Monday to Fridays, thereby maintaining his long-standing Blues links.
Last week the Blues advertised for his replacement on their website, with a closing date of July 21.
Although McCormack will still be around Fratton Park for his 23rd season, it is truly the end of an era.
The ex-Royal Marine has been a mainstay at Pompey since replacing Gordon Neave in the summer of 1999.
He was appointed by Alan Ball and, through a succession of chairmen, managers, owners and administrations, McCormack has remained a loyal servant with the Blues.
The likes of Harry Redknapp, Peter Crouch, Paul Merson and David James still keep in touch, with the 54-year-old having been present during their memorable times at Fratton Park.
He is presently with Danny Cowley and his squad at St George’s Park for their pre-season training camp.
Yet for the start of the campaign, he will be handing over responsibilities and reducing his commitments.
The annual salary is listed at £27,000, with interviews to start in the week commencing July 26.
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