Southampton appoint interim Chief Executive

Southampton Football Club

Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr has appointed the club's Chief Financial Officer, Gareth Rogers, as the club's Chief Executive on a temporary basis.

Gareth Rogers has been named as Chief Executive of Southampton Football Club on an interim basis.

Rogers has been with the Premier League club since March 2011, working as the club's Chief Financial Officer.

He makes the step up to the role of Chief Executive until the club is in a position to make a new long-term appointment to the role.

Gareth Rogers is a graduate of Southampton University, where he graduated with a BSc in Economics and Accounting. He worked as a senior manager for Deloitte before joining Southampton in 2011.

Chairman of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, John Williams, is widely thought to be the leading candidate to take the role on a permanent basis, but may be blocked from departing the role with the PGMOL before the end of the current campaign.

Until the club are able to make further announcements on its future and direction, Rogers will be fulfilling the void left by the resignation of former Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese, who quit the club last Wednesday. 

Southampton FC Chairman Katharina Liebherr said:

"I am delighted that Gareth has agreed to step into this role. After the events of the past week, my priority has been to bring stability to the management of the Club and I am pleased that we have been able to make this appointment from within. We had a very positive meeting with all the staff of the Club on Monday and I am sure Gareth's appointment will be warmly received.” 

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Interim Chief Executive Gareth Rogers said:

“I am very pleased to be able help the Club by stepping up to the CEO’s job on an interim basis. We have a fantastic staff and everyone is working together to make sure the Club ends the season as strongly as possible.” 

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