After attending the Procurement Talent conference a couple of weeks ago, one of the key themes that emerged was how companies lack a recruitment succession plan.
This is becoming a significant problem in procurement, where businesses are struggling to recruit people with the right skills. It also appears to be an issue that affects football.
Yesterday, Blackburn Rovers confirmed it had sacked manager Michael Appleton after only 67 days in the post, along with the assistant manager, first team coach and the head of senior recruitment. While in post, Appleton won four, drew five and lost six of his matches and Blackburn now stand just four points above the relegation zone.
The club is now searching for its sixth manager of the season following several other short-lived reigns, including Henning Berg who lasted just 57 days.
This should be a lesson to the procurement profession. If talent is hard to come by make sure you keep hold of it when you find it. Best of luck to Blackburn, let’s hope it’s a case of sixth time lucky.
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