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Bearsman
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Michael O'Neil appointed Interim CEO of Frankston FC

Below is a message sent to Frankston members. Former player Mick O'Neil from Vice President to Interim  CEO. There is more to this than meets the eye. A lot of questions need answering here. 

It seems Buckenara was sacked for no reason without a replacement. This is an interim appt until October.. Why not appoint a permanent CEO now? Is Mick full time or part time? Did the club not have the funds to keep paying Bucky?

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB

Message from the Frankston FC
 
The club would like to notify all members, sponsors and club stakeholders of the appointment of Mick O’Neil as an interim CEO for the 2019 season.  Mick understands the club well having been a key member of our team throughout the journey to be readmitted into the VFL.  He has been heavily involved in establishing the football team and implementing a range of management and business improvements over the last few years.  Mick also has experience in senior management and leading teams having spent 20+ years in the finance and superannuation sector managing and leading financial service teams.
 
This appointment comes following a series of discussions with the Board in recent days where Mick has accepted the challenge to fill this interim position and guide us until the 31st October when a process will be established to recruit and appoint a permanent CEO.  In line with our constitution Mick has resigned from his current position on the club’s Board of Management to take up his new role.  Please join me in congratulating Mick and giving him the support of the club as we head into our first game this weekend.
 
This Sunday at 2pm our team takes on Essendon VFL in a home game at SkyBus Stadium, Frankston Park.  The Southern Saints VFLW team will be playing a curtain raiser practice match commencing at 10:30am to give us our first ‘double-header’ of the season.
 
So get down to the ground this Sunday to see our new look team take to the field.  Frankston City Council have re-sown the ground over the last month and the scene is ready for a great game between our new group of players including returning 2016 B&F winner Josh Newman and exciting recruits such as Nathan Freeman versus the might of the Essendon football club.
 
Hope to see everyone at the game.
Go Dolphins
 
Be part of it!

 Peter Geddes

NorthPort
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No mention of the departure with the new appointment. It jus seems a little off to me. 

 


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Think you are right on the money Bearsman, to say that Gary was SACKED is a little harsh.

Gary was recruited by Frankston as a footy person to rebuild the club after a recess, a job most people would agree he did an admirable job under the wing of former Hawthorn past president Ian Dicker who was to finance his generous salary.

Gary's main strength was football & found difficulty in the managment area such as seeking sponsorship & marketing & I believe his termination was based purely on economics as Frankston just couldn't afford him on the salary he received for the past couple of years.

Hope he does well in the future & i'm sure he still has a lot to offer football.

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Robbo

I know of half a dozen members including me who have not received email

Bearsman
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I believe Garys account of what happened, you can read it on his Linkedin account or I copied it to this thread

http://www.vflfooty.com/node/10359

I find the Frankston Board being unable to find a compromise of some sort staggering. I had heard the same Digs that they need to get more income from the catering and functions business, and maybe that wasnt Garys strong suit, but surely there is a way around this without Gary being lost to the club. The football side of the club has to suffer with his loss. 

And to throw him out as they did with the disrespectful press releases announcing it were nothing short of disgraceful.

I really feel for him, after how he was treated at Nth Ballarat, now this...

Bearsman
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Robbo..checked your junkmail? A lot of bulk email providers get flagged as spam.

MegaA
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It's difficult to agree that he struggled in the area of marketing and sponsorship when Frankston has currently got record sponsorship dollars, a ground name sponsor and a membership record high. 

What I do agree with though is that it sounds like a matter of economics. I wouldn't be surprised if the interim position is a part time one. It seems like football clubs (or at least vfl ones) are as volatile as political parties!

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Robbo

Yep. Not there