Former Blackpool caretaker board member suspended as CEO of Peterborough United after FA charge

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David Paton has been forced to resign from his post at London Road pending an investigation by the EFL.

It comes after the Poshs were hit with an FA charge relating to the testing of owners and directors following Paton’s appointment as CEO in January 2022.

Paton briefly worked as a consultant at Bloomfield Road during the period following the club’s exit from receivership in 2019, which brought about the end of the Oyston regime.

He was recruited by then-general manager Ben Hatton and oversaw a number of trade deals before the club was eventually sold to Simon Sadler later that summer.

Paton had no involvement at Bloomfield Road once Sadler completed his takeover.

“Peterborough United can confirm that they have been charged by the EFL with breaching Regulations 2.5 and 2.6 of the Owners and Directors Test Submission, in relation to the appointment of David Paton as the club’s chief executive. in January 2022,” Posh said in a statement.

David Paton, left, worked as a consultant to the interim Blackpool board

“Mr Paton has been suspended as chief executive, pending the conclusion of an EFL investigation into these matters.

“The club has co-operated fully with the EFL in its investigation. None of the club owners have been charged with any infringement.

“While the EFL investigation is still ongoing, Leighton Mitchell has been appointed as the club’s interim chief executive.

“The club will provide a further update as soon as they are able to do so, once they have continued the dialogue with the EFL and their lawyers.”

According to our fellow newspaper, the Peterborough TelegraphPaton has not been seen around London Road for months.

According to Rule 2.5.1, a person wishing to become a “relevant person” at a football club must submit a completed declaration to the EFL.

In accordance with Rule 2.6, the person involved cannot be considered a “relevant person” until the club has received confirmation from the EFL that they are not subject to any conditions of disqualification.

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