It turns out that you can say all that needs to be said in 140 characters or less.
Sky Sports confirmed on Tuesday that Blackpool have sacked manager Paul Ince. The following is the official statement from the club: “Blackpool Football Club can confirm that manager Paul Ince and assistants Alex Rae and Steve Thompson have had their contracts terminated with immediate effect.
Barry Ferguson will take charge of training when the players return on Thursday. A further announcement will be made in due course.”
The news, on its own, isn't all that big of a deal for the American sports fan. Even the biggest follower of English football can only care so much about the manager of a mid-table second division side being shown the door. It's how Ince was reportedly fired that has grabbed headlines.
Sky Sports claim that he was sent a text message.
Outside of changing the locks to the office doors or moving the club in the middle of the night without telling the manager, text message is about the coldest way you'll hear of a boss being informed that his services are no longer required. Then I thought about it for a few moments and realized that Blackpool may merely be ahead of the game as it comes to handling these sticky situations in the modern age.
Taking care of this type of business via text message brings with it a no muss, no fuss factor to the one-on-one confrontation. There is still, however, the matter of addressing the news to the public. Just like with everything else in life, it turns out;
there is an app for that.
Twitter offers a great avenue to publicly announce a firing. A company wouldn't even have to mention a name if it decided to go the route of the subtweet. Example: “You probably don't have to come into work tomorrow #YouKnowWhoYouare”
Vine lets one add both a voice and a face to the message, and it takes under seven seconds to get the point across via a brief video. Example: “Paul, just wanted to let you know that you're fired. Thanks, bye.” The extra gut-shot for the victim here is that the video would replay over and over and over again until the app/window is shut down. Ouch.
Instagram provides double the video length for those who need the extra time to get their points across. A picture with captions such as “#Sacked,” “#Fired” or “#SeeYaWhenWeSeeYa” would also suffice.
Reddit users could post a Q&A about whether or not the coach in question should be fired, and then let fans vote on who should take over via an online poll. The length of that thread would provide quite the indication of how well that coach was liked or disliked.
Looking to group the latest “dead man walking” with others who have fallen before him? Pinterest has you covered. Some applicable board names as it pertains to this topic could be “Searching for work,” “Leave the memories alone” or “Potential candidates for next head coach of the Cleveland Browns.”
Don't forget about good ol' reliable Facebook. The social media tool that is not as popular with youths as it was before could be used by a club to warn a coach when he is on the hot seat by changing its relationship status to “it's complicated” before ultimately breaking the news by becoming single.
I do suppose that Skype that is also an option, but that seems like way too much face-to-face for 2014. If you're going to do that, why not just call the guy into the office to break the bad news.