She may know cycling, but footy? Nahhhhh

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She may know cycling, but footy? Nahhhhh

Postby fat and old » Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:24 pm

Hawthorn sack chief executive Tracey Gaudry after five months in the job

Hawthorn have sacked their chief executive Tracey Gaudry after only five months in the job.

It is understood that Gaudry was told of the decision on Sunday night after negative feedback from the AFL, Hawks officials and football staff.

Gaudry's failure to engage with key staff and lack of football experience put her at odds with the football department and wider staff from the outset at a time when the club is looking to relocate to Dingley, rebuild its list, and had already lost senior people from its organisation.

Gaudry was appointed by the club in May, and was the first permanent female CEO of an AFL club.

The AFL was blindsided by her appointment, which came after a lengthy executive search and saw the club miss the opportunity to secure highly favoured former football boss Mark Evans, who was snapped up by the Gold Coast. ... ysl0d.html

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Postby jules21 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:00 pm

it was a weird appointment. footy clubs seem to have very footy-centric cultures and long-standing networks and loyalties.

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Postby MichaelB » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:10 am

Maybe they tried something different, but if she didn't connect with the entrenched die hards, then no matter her talent for transformation etc, it ain't gonna work.

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Postby Neddysmith » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:27 am

I felt from day 1 she was employed into that role because she was female and to show that the AFL employee females etc etc. I have no doubt she has talent in her field, but from the very start Hawthorn admitted there were going to be challenges for her etc etc.

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Postby Philistine » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:32 am

I have believed for years that the main purpose of AFL and NRL central administration was to provide cushy jobs for former players who were otherwise unemployable. Both codes are very successful because the basic "products" are so good, they can survive and prosper despite consistently poor management.

How can a sporting code be taken seriously when a team finishing third in the rounds is given the enormous advantage of playing all of its final series games at home?

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