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Leaked emails calling for removal of Ben Amarfio tell a story about cultural issues

Football clubs, executives, favoritism and conflicts of interest all walk hand in hand towards a holy marriage. It’s just how they roll. It’s like a Neighbors storyline.

But hey, it’s the modern world. Four entities entering into the sacred marriage agreement is the next step for America to really blow itself up.

Have you heard Luke Darcy mention a Western Bulldogs game? Eddie McGuire? Conflicts “everywhere”. And of course you remember the former AFL chairman, Mike Fitzpatrick, who had a huge stake in the consortium that owned ANZ Stadium, the one in Sydney with the horrendous sand bunker of a surface, but where marquees were held, denying the Swans access. had until their own home patch for their most important games of the year.

Side dollars are important to all of us. Side sacrifice consortiums are for the Freemasons and other secret societies that we public school children would sell our souls for.

The North Melbourne Football Club in its current form is not just the king of wishful thinking – thanks Go South, um, I mean West, gosh, the last thing North needs right now is Eddie McGuire’s agenda to get North Melbourne deep into the South main area to push – but it currently holds the title of kings of all things with conflicting interests and wild acts of silo leadership.

The recent leaks to the media of coterie group leader Adrian Kinderis, a Kangaroos benefactor and member of the Shinboners Club, calling on CEO Ben Amarfio and President Sonja Hood to resign immediately is a level of juiciness that you can’t help but notice. rarely sees in modern day.

Leaked information at this level cries out for bad culture.

You know what else screams bad culture — your list manager, hiring manager, and national recruiting officer all resigning on the same day, which happened to be a week before the mid-season draft.

Yaks.

Oh, and even more conflicting interests, Sam Edmund reported that Football Director, Anthony Stevens, was rogue and appointed Geoff Walsh to overhaul the football department, without the CEO’s approval, and to top it off, Geoff Walsh is a director of the board of the Coaches Association, the entity responsible for protecting coaches from this kind of invasion and disrespect.

And what happened to Paul Roos as an advisor? He started in the coaching box, helped with post-game assessments and now gives advice from somewhere in California?

Are these people real!!??

But it was a quote from Leigh Mathews that got me thinking about North Melbourne’s leaders and whether we should actually be surprised by the level of misery we’re seeing in all aspects of their business.

“When I look at the hierarchy of North Melbourne, from chairman down, it’s a bit like the blind leading the blind,” Matthews said. Sports day

“You have the chairman of the board, who has been only a little bit in the board and the football world at that level, never at club level, in other words, never at board level.

“Ben Amarfio, who’s been there for a year or two, but didn’t come from a football background.

“Who has the credibility to make decisions about how a football club, especially a football division of a football club, should be run?

You may recall that in 2018 Amarfio was one of the first senior leaders to be fired from Cricket Australia as a result of the Longstaff Review, which took a deep dive into the country’s cricket culture in the wake of the sandpaper scandal.

David Noble, Senior Coach of the Kangaroos and CEO, Ben Amarfio share a laugh during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL Media Opportunity at Arden Street Ground on November 19, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

David Noble, Kangaroos Senior Coach and CEO, Ben Amarfio laughing during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL Media Opportunity in Arden Street. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

I turn to Joe Aston, Financial Review, who wrote brilliantly on CA culture in 2018, with a particular focus on Ben Amarfio’s struggles with culture and managing conflicts of interest.

Then there’s another CA executive, Ben Amarfio, who earned the moniker “Johnny Rivers” in 2016 when he was busted as a secret agent man for sports commentator James Brayshaw. That’s right, the executive that manages cricket’s $120 million a year broadcast partnerships approached broadcasters “offering the services of a partner”

“The broadcasters were shocked and not surprised. This kind of behavior by Amarfio was already fabulous. Most mornings, in full view of his speechless colleagues in Jolimont, he would have his secretary cook and serve him a hot breakfast in his glass-enclosed office. “Where’s the Worcestershire sauce?!” he thundered famously. What else would you expect from Eddie McGuire’s former sales director at Triple M’s? hot breakfast

You should read the whole piece. It is a masterclass in research, humor and delivery.

That’s right, such was the friendship between Ben Amarfio and former North Melbourne Football Club chairman James Brayshaw, Amarfio was willing to push all professional boundaries to help his mate find his next gig.

I know what you’re thinking.

Was the favor of looking for a job returned by the former chairman when North Melbourne appointed Amarfio as CEO?

Nice coincidence, huh.

But perhaps more importantly, after years of poor performance and a slew of cultural battles, the North Melbourne recruiting panel responsible for recruiting the new CEO clearly hasn’t read Joe Aston, or Peter Lalor, or Gideon. Haigh, in the wake of the cleanup of Cricket Australia executives.

Even AAP joined in by nailing Ben Amarfio to the wall.

“AAP understands that the departure of Amarfio, CA’s general manager of broadcasting, digital media and advertising, was more messy.

“Head of Security Sean Carroll, a former Victorian police detective who oversees CA’s anti-corruption program and ensures players are safe as they travel the world, was called in to help evict Amarfio.

“The scene unfolded in front of shocked staff.”

AP continues…

Much of the report from The Ethics Center focused on the Australian men’s team, but it also highlighted a corporate culture that “puts combativeness above collaboration”, noting that “a lack of emotional maturity … is also seen in CA staff ”.

Is it just a coincidence that North Melbourne is in this mess?

I’ll let you decide.

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