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Town announce Mark Devlin as club's permanent CEO

Courtesy of Huddersfield Town A.F.C.

Mark has been discussing the COVID-19 situation, the future of football and Huddersfield Town financially.

Huddersfield Town have appointed Mark Devlin as the club’s permanent Chief Executive.

Devlin has been Town’s interim Chief Exec since 13 January 2020 and will continue his role on a permanent basis.

The experienced sports administrator has a proven track record of over 20 years working in senior positions at several football clubs, most recently with fellow Championship side Brentford and League of Ireland champions Dundalk.

Speaking to the club's media team, Devlin said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far. I think I’ve said previously in a couple of interviews, the club is bigger than I anticipated; the number of season card holders and staff, particularly over at Canalside, and you can see the great set-up at the training ground. 

“Everyone has been very welcoming. I had no idea what sort of welcome a Londoner would receive in Yorkshire, and I’m delighted to say without exception it’s been very warm and friendly.

“It’s great that the Chairman has asked me to stay on. I’m excited and privileged to be able to work with everyone at the club to take us forward.”

After being at Town since January, Mark detailed what he’s been focusing on so far.

“The training ground was ongoing, there were a lot of loose ends with it, but it’s nearly complete. There’s still some work to do when the contractors can come back on-site.

“It will be one of the best training complexes outside the Premier League. Huddersfield Town will have a training facility we can be very proud of. The place of work we’ve provided for the players and the skills we have down there will be excellent.

“I’ve been working on the football side on how we can make the training ground better and the structure of our football department, so looking at how we can be better resourced and smart in the way we operate there.

“Away from football, I’ve been looking at how we can generate more revenue into the club. Particularly, when you don’t own the stadium.

“We have to be smarter in terms of our commercial output. We are losing our Commercial Director in the next month or so, we are in the process of recruiting someone to fulfil that role. I can see us working better with our commercial partners going forward.

“Looking at our fanbase, delivering our content output, we have to be incredibly smart at all of these. I’ve been working all the way across the board.

“We now have to use the time we’ve got in this crisis to reshape the business.

“I’m still working on those plans at the moment as we are potentially looking at bringing in no revenue until the end of this year, in terms of potentially playing football in stadiums with no fans.”

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