14 made redundant
Charlton today announced on the Official Site
that 14 members of non-playing staff have been made redundant. Some restructuring and a reduction in hours saved 9 jobs previously anticipated to go.
The club have named all the people leaving which I find peculiar (although one has since been removed). In my experience from someone who has been involved in this depressing side of business, I don't believe people who lose their jobs necessarily want to see their name up in lights. Most struggle with the insecurities of it all, although sadly redundancy these days is rarely about performance, but more about numbers. Ironically in this case it was
about the performance of others!
Whether someone at the club felt that naming the individuals was some kind of tribute I don't know but it does appear rather ill-judged. I would hope that those individuals at least gave their consent and were allowed to tell family and friends before it was announced in public.
The names include both personal assistant's to Steve Waggott and the first team management. Charlton Atheltic will not be the first company to blame someone lower down the rung for others more senior ineptitude, but seeing Suzanne and Connie on the list leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.Steve Sutherland
announced his own intentions recently on Charlton Life and Steve like so many others behind the scenes have given more love and sweat in their jobs than the majority of those who earn more in a couple of weeks than they earn in a year. It is another despicable chapter in a season of doom.
I wish all of those 14 the very best of luck in the future.