Melbourne Victory’s Cole shown the door
The big changes at Melbourne Victory continue with the news that Football Operations Manager Gary Cole has been sacked. It appears as though the clean-out at the club is happening across all positions and the board aren’t afraid to lay the smack down on any areas that they feel need freshening up.
Cole has been with the Victory since the club’s inception and has been integral to the teams performance on the pitch due to his responsibility for scouting and recruiting players and negotiating contracts.
Perhaps one of his biggest achievements was luring Costa Rican Carlos Hernandez to Melbourne Victory, first on a two year loan and then purchasing him outright on a three year deal from LD Alajuelense.
And let’s not forget his work in the early days when he brought the now legendary Kevin Muscat and Archie Thompson back to Australia.
I thank Gary for his massive contribution to Melbourne Victory.
Without his efforts we wouldn’t have been as successful on the pitch, that’s for sure. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. If other A-League clubs are smart enough they’ll snap him up quickly.
The removal of Cole isn’t without its issues though. I wonder why the board waited until now to let him go.
He was able to keep on signing players after the sacking of Ernie Merrick when the board surely knew all along that they were going to get rid of him. It seems as though they just used him.
They used his skills to secure some signings and then trashed him once its all done. Which brings me to my next point, if you’re happy with the job he’s doing, with the players he’s signing then why sack him at all? It just doesn’t make sense.
In my opinion, if they’re going to do it it should have been done alongside Merrick’s departure.
The Merrick sacking itself was handled badly and now the club have done it again. It’s very poor execution in my opinion and I just hope the club know what they’re doing.
They might have a clear view of what direction they want to take but they’re definitely going about it the wrong way.
It’s unprofessional and my confidence in the new board is wavering.