The media team rolled out Simon Makienok today and he spoke with some heart about how difficult the past week or so has been, and I don’t doubt it. Makienok’s absence had become a bit of mitigation for the team’s recent form, but for the on-loan striker who has played just 7 games to be pushed into the spotlight to speak on behalf of the team and the new managerial staff I found odd.
The word had it that Charlton players have been told not to talk to the press and new Interim Head Coach Karel Fraeye wasn’t going to talk publicly until after Saturday’s game with Middlesbrough. However the Official Site will carry an exclusive interview with Fraeye tomorrow.
My beef is not with Fraeye. Believe me I have witnessed many people be over-promoted in my time in business and once they have nowhere to hide, especially under many attentive eyes, they get found out.
Credit to Makienok, but where is the CEO this week? Where is the stewardship of the company, the leadership. Who is laying out strategy and messaging? The last time Meire opened her gob, she had her foot in it when she gave Guy Luzon a vote of confidence just over a week ago and her boss, the mad professor, is too busy mixing water with liquid nitrogen in his bunker in Belgium to talk to anybody.
Duchatelet is the person we need to get to, and we will, but in the meantime Katrie Meire’s contribution as the club’s most senior executive gets more and more embarrassing. Her credibility is now zero. She disrespects our history and she refuses to enagage with the club’s stakeholders.
Tony Jimenez has far more understanding of how football clubs should be run, and I can’t believe I just said that, but it is true. You can get away with little experience as long as you listen, learn and surround yourself with good people. But there is an arrogance and a naivety that has presided over nothing but disaster since she walked in the door.
No more playing nice with one of the few female executives in sport. She has shown that she is little more than a stooge. Take some responsibilty Katrien or get Roland to find you something else to do.