Football club makes light of backlash following controversial job post

By Nisha Mal

A footbll club which told jobhunters not to apply if they ‘have to pick the kids up from school at 3.30’ have posted a cheeky tweet making light of the row.

Non-league AFC Fylde sparked fury after they shared a job listing to replace outgoing chief exec Jonty Castle but told people not to apply if you wanted a ‘work life balance’.

The club, which sit top of the National League North, sparked a social media backlash with the job ad whch told ‘office dwellers’ to not apply.

It read: “We work hard at Fylde, so again don't apply if you are looking for a "work-life balance" or have to pick the kids up from school twice a week at 3.30.'

“This is a "hands on role" and requires hands on leadership from the front so ‘delegators’ and ‘office dwellers’ please don't apply.”

The advert was pulled after some people pointed out potentially excluding parents may not be legal under employment and discrimination law.

Others said they would consider reporting the club's conduct to the heads of the Vanarama Football League.

But in a cheeky resonse, its official Twitter account posted a picture of the clock at the club's 6,000 capacity Mill Farm suggesting the poster had finished work at 3.30.

They tweeted: “Coasters, you'll be glad to know that the clock is finally fixed.

“That's me for the day. See you at @BPAFCOfficial tomorrow.”

The club has since relisted the job posting with slight ammdendments and redacted the controversial phrases.

But their emphasis on not having a 'flexible work life balance' remains.

In the new job ad, the club states: "This is a ‘hands on role’ and requires hands on leadership from the front so ‘delegators’ and ‘office dwellers’ please don't apply."


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