Chief executive dedicates prize to fans and staff
Mark Catlin has dedicated his Football Business Award to everyone associated with Pompey.
The Blues chief executive was named CEO of the Year at a glittering ceremony held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
He had already claimed the League Two award, but saw off competition from Liverpool’s Ian Ayre, Huddersfield’s Dean Hoyle, Fleetwood’s Steve Curwood and Hearts’ Ann Budge to also secure the overall prize.
Catlin said: “Personally, I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the award, which is widely recognised as being the most prestigious in the football calendar.
“But I’m more proud to have received it on behalf of everyone associated with the club on our three-year journey back from the brink.
“From the minute I arrived at Fratton Park, I have been backed and supported by the Board of Directors, Trust Board, Presidents Board, our staff – who I rate as good as any from any club in all four professional leagues – and, most importantly of all, the Pompey fans who have inspired all of us with their commitment and support when needed. It is what we are defined by as a club.
“To hear the positive things being said by those representing all other clubs was perhaps the proudest part of the evening for me.
“Yes, I went up and collected the award, but this was for Pompey and our fans – and is hopefully the start of more accolades to come!”
Judge and fcbusiness editor Aaron Gourley added: “Mark was the overwhelming choice of our readers, having helped put Portsmouth back on an even keel after a turbulent few years for the club.”
The Football Business Awards celebrate and reward the achievements of those working at clubs across the UK.
The ceremony was attended by more than 500 football executives from across the country.