Mick Catlin will once again be leading the Royals into the 2020-21 season.

AFC Portchester have confirmed that the experienced manager, widely respected across the non league scene in the south, will be in the managerial hot seat for next season.

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Chairman Paul Kelly believes Catlin can go on and realise the club’s ambitions of securing promotion to the Southern League.

Kelly said: “I’m delighted that Mick will continue to be our manager for the season ahead and it is news that will be welcomed by everyone at the club.

“I was aware of a number of clubs who would have been interested in securing his services for themselves this summer but I am really pleased that Mick is staying with us to finish off the job started last season - which is to secure promotion for the club.

“We were third in the Wessex Premier Division when the coronavirus crisis brought last season to a premature end and we were just entering the final stages of the campaign where I am certain we would have been in the mix for securing promotion.

“We have the opportunity now to build on last season’s successful campaign and look forward to what promises to be an exciting season ahead, whenever it gets under way.

“I know Mick has been working hard behind the scenes putting together his squad for next season and announcements on both players staying with the club and new signings coming in will be released shortly.”

Catlin took over as first team manager at AFC Portchester in November 2018 following the departure of Ian Saunders. It was a role he had been sharing with Saunders since January of that year.

The Royals’ boss has previously had coaching roles at a number of clubs, including Gosport Borough, Andover, Wick, Fleet Town and Chichester City.

     

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