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Club Statement: New Management Structure

Linton Brown Joins As Chief Commercial Officer

25 September 2019

Blackpool Football Club can announce the appointment of Linton Brown as Chief Commercial Officer and acting Chief Executive as part of a new management structure.

The former Hull City and Swansea City striker joins the Club in the role of Chief Commercial Officer, having held senior commercial positions at Hull, Bolton Wanderers and Barnsley, his time at the latter including a period as Chief Executive. Linton will also become the acting Chief Executive of the Club with effect from 1 October.

Current Managing Director Ben Hatton, who was appointed by the Receivers, will leave at the end of his contract on 30 September.

Owner Simon Sadler said: 

“I would like to welcome Linton to the Club as part of our new management structure, which will see appointments of a permanent Chief Executive and other key roles in due course.

“Linton has experience from League One up to the Premier League and this will be of great benefit to the Club as we build upon the work of the interim management team and plan for future success.

“I would also like to thank Ben for his work on behalf of the Club and in particular for his help and assistance to me personally during my initial period as new owner. His role during the sale period and transitional phase has been vital.  

“I wish Ben all the very best in his future endeavours.”

Ben Hatton said:

“The past seven months have been amongst the most enjoyable of my career. I am enormously proud to have been associated with this great Club at such a pivotal time in its history. I came to do a very specific job, to stabilise the Club and to help its transition to new ownership.

“I have done that and so now is the time to hand over the reins to a new permanent management team who will take the Club onwards and upwards under Simon’s ownership. I will always cherish my time at Blackpool and wish the Club, its fans, Simon and the new management team every success in the future.


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