Steve Cattermole has resigned as a director of Dover Athletic.

Steve has worked hard in his role on the board for the last couple of years and it is with regret that he has stepped down – as his presence in the boardroom will be sorely missed.

The club are delighted that he has agreed to stay on as company secretary.

Steve said: “The way one local newspaper reported the VAT bombshell made my position at the club untenable.

“Journalism was put in front of facts by a certain reporter but at least I did get the chance to put things straight in the Mercury last week.

“But my presence on the board, seeing as the club are appealing to the business community for help, could potentially be damaging for Dover Athletic. And I would never want to be a burden to this club.

“I am still a proud fan and Trust member – and will continue to be the company’s secretary.”

Steve made 21 voluntary disclosures to the VAT office and got 20 of them correct.

But the former Dover director admitted: “I have to take responsibility for the one mistake and that’s why I’m stepping down.”