Mick Catlin has been left feeling disappointed and betrayed following his departure from Gosport Borough. After a meeting with new chairman Iain McInnes and the club’s directors, the boss felt he had little choice but to walk away from Privett Park.

The new owners made a controversial start to their tenure by bringing back previous manager Alex Pike on Friday. Catlin was offered the role of joint-boss but felt that was unacceptable and opted to leave the Southern League premier division outfit. The fans’ favourite feels he has been badly let down after taking the reins when the club was in dire straits. Catlin was appointed manager in September after previous chairman Iain Sellstrom sacked Pike with Borough propping up the table.

With the club under a transfer embargo, he was tasked with lifting them out of the sole relegation position. And he achieved his target while Sellstrom ensured the restrictions limiting his squad size were lifted.

“I feel like I have done all the dirty work and Alex Pike has just walked back in,” said Catlin. “When I agreed to go back to the club I was made promises which have not been kept.

“Those included having the chance to get the club back to where it belongs. It is disappointing not to get the chance to finish the job I started.

“I feel I have done all I could for the club which has virtually been ownerless. For much of the time I have had to work with my hands tied behind my back.”

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