BY CONNOR O’NEILL
The Liverpool County FA has confirmed that its chief executive officer Dave Pugh will leave his role in January.
Pugh has been in the post for the last 14 years, during which time, the association has grown to become one of the biggest in the country.
He was also instrumental in the setting up of LCFA Sefton, which saw the Liverpool County FA take over the running of the Civil Service playing facility in Thornton.
However, Pugh will remain with the Liverpool County FA as a member of their Board of Directors.
“I would like to start by thanking everyone for their support and friendship over my tenure as Chief Executive Officer,” Pugh said in a statement released by the LCFA.
“To every member of staff that I have worked with during my time with the Association, I want to place on record my appreciation for their work, dedication and professionalism during a lengthy spell that has delivered many successes and plenty of challenges. I consider you all firm friends and, to our current team, I will miss you all.
“We are a very special region when it comes to football, unlike any other in my opinion. That is reflected in practically every person that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting involved in the game locally. To each and every person that works to provide football to those in Liverpool, thank you for your support and for everything you do to keep the game going.
“After 14 years of being in a privileged position, during which the county’s reputation has grown both locally and nationally.
“I’m looking forward to being able to spend more time with my wife, Sharon, and my grandchildren. Stepping down from the role will also provide an opportunity for somebody else to take this great county to even higher heights.
“There’s no doubt that the county is going through a difficult time at present, arguably tougher than the vast majority of the country during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, the one thing I know about Liverpool is that we’re a strong, resilient city that will come together to beat anything. Grassroots football can play a big part in maintaining normality in a strange time – and between now and the end of my tenure, I look forward to working with our community to navigate our way through this uncertain, before handing over to somebody we feel confident can oversee the start of a new era.”
While the LCFA has also confirmed that long-serving Referee Development Manager, Dave Horlick, will also be departing the association in January.
After 16 years of dedicated service, Horlick will be hanging up his flags and whistle to focus on spending time with his grandchildren and his wife, Gill.
However, the one-time FA Cup final official will continue to serve the county as a volunteer.