Millwall confirm senior management departures as CEO Steve Kavanagh leaves alongside recruitment chief and chief operating officer

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MILLWALL have confirmed the departures of chief executive Steve Kavanagh and two of their other football operating staff members. 

Kavanagh spent eight years at The Den after previously working in the same roles at Southend United and Charlton Athletic. 

Millwall chairman James Berylson said on the club’s website: “I would like to thank Steve for his leadership and dedication to the club over the past eight years.

“Steve joined when we were a League One team and oversaw our promotion and return to The Championship.

“Steve was a significant force within the club to stabilise and grow both football and non-football operations. His steadfast determination in advancing the redevelopment around The Den as well as being a leader in the EFL added to his accomplishments.

“I know that my father, John, shared this opinion and enjoyed the close working relationship he had with Steve. I wish him only the best in his future endeavours.”

Director of football operations and recruitment Alex Aldridge and chief operating officer Billy Taylor are also leaving the Lions. 

Aldridge worked as a journalist with local newspaper Southwark News before joining the club initially as a recruitment officer in 2015 and then becoming head of recruitment in 2017 at the age of just 24. 

He left to head up recruitment at Stoke City in 2020 before returning to SE16 in his new role in 2022. 

Taylor was director of communications before becoming COO. 

 “I would like to thank Billy and Alex for their outstanding service to the club,” Berylson said. 

“Billy’s journey started in 2011 as Matchday Programme and Social Media Editor. His work ethic was unquestionable, as was his talent and passion to do his very best for the club in the several roles he oversaw. As a result, he earned numerous and deserved promotions, before his most recent appointment as COO.

“Alex began as a Recruitment Officer for the club in 2015 and was quickly promoted to Head of Recruitment.

“After a short spell in the same capacity at Stoke, Alex returned to the club as Director of Football Operations and Recruitment and helped the club to improve all aspects of scouting, facilities and analytics.

“Billy and Alex will always be part of the Millwall family, and I have the highest regards for both of them.”

The club added they “would like to thank Steve, Billy and Alex for their dedication and incredible efforts during their time at Millwall and wishes them all the very best for the future.

“Further updates regarding future appointments to the senior management team will be provided in due course.”


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