There is a scene in the Netflix documentary Sunderland ‘Til I Die which came to mind on Saturday.
At a post-match press conference following an unexpected defeat, Sunderland’s chairman walks in, sits down, and reveals the manager has just been sacked.
By the time of the announcement, the manager had already jumped in his car and left the stadium.
Though it was brutal on Simon Grayson, it’s also quick and efficient and a method that’s not unusual in the cutthroat English Premier League.
The opposite can be said of Carlton’s sacking of David Teague, which was – as David King termed it three weeks ago on First Crack – “the long goodbye.”
If Saturday night or Sunday was not the appropriate time to break the news to Teague, then it should have been relayed on Monday morning.
Instead, Teague was left to push through 40-plus exit interviews while a dagger was hanging above…