David Porter returns as Suffolk FA chairman – and first job is to appoint a new chief executive

DAVID Porter will have little time to get settled into his second stint as Suffolk FA chairman – after receiving 30 applications for the vacant chief executive position at the organisation.

The county body was hit by the departure of Phil Knight and Mick Pearce from the two top roles within weeks.

But Porter’s appointment will be quickly followed by a replacement for Knight as Suffolk FA look to move forward following a period of transition.

A member of the organisation for 18 years, Porter, 61, said: “I am delighted to have been elected chairman and fortunate to hold the position at one of the leading county FAs in the country.

“My main focus at the moment is getting a new chief executive. We have received 30 applications and we are delighted with that response. I am now busy sifting through the applications and coming up with a short-list.”


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Porter, who represents the North Suffolk area on the Suffolk FA council, was first chairman of the organisation six years ago before being replaced by Pearce.

The Level 5 referee said: “The job has considerably changed – the FA is much more of a business now. That is why getting the right chief executive is so important.

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“The work Mick and Phil have done has enhanced the reputation and esteem of Suffolk FA and made it one of the leading counties in the country.

“I am relishing the opportunity of building on the legacy Mick has left.”

A spokesman for Suffolk FA said: “We are delighted with the appointment of David Porter as the county’s new chairman.

“David is an extremely pro-active board member, both in terms of his work for Suffolk FA but also his commitment to grassroots football.

“He brings a wide range of experiences which will support the development of Suffolk football.”

David Rose was re-elected as vice-chairman following a meeting of the Suffolk FA Council.

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