Sarah Galbally has been hired by the Saints to tackle their off-field issues
There are lots of questions that come immediately to mind.
What is her dream team score going to be?
If she is going to be tackling the issues, how many tackles, how many kicks and how many handballs?
Lawyers cut an image of being boring to some, but there might be some surprises considering the client.
The question is would one full time Lawyer be enough for the Saints?
After all, how many trials are scheduled and how many more are forecast?
She joins Ameet Bains, previously of Toyota Australia, as part of the Saint’s new dream team in a list management role.
However an important component of her new role is to combat the Saints’ off-field dramas and part of her duties will be to brief Counsel!
Sounds a lot like risk and list management to me.
I wonder what kind of risk management role a Lawyer would be involved in?
The Saints’ first line strategy in their response has been to hire a Lawyer, having obtained an interlocutory injunction in the Federal Court of Australia preventing the Saints girl from publishing further images.
I presume Sarah won’t be acting as a counsellor for the players’ girlfriends, or volunteer co-ordinator- cum -nanny to chaperone the players. Nor will her skills likely to be used to devise respect and responsibility courses for the players or to prevent player misbehaviour. Her role wouldn’t be likely to prevent player misbehaviour, rather to minimise the damage that is done to the club.
Of course every person is entitled to legal representation, and being a Lawyer by qualification I appreciate that Lawyers play an important role in safeguarding players’ rights.
In addition to attending to some player contracts she will have her hands full briefing counsel in the forthcoming Andrew Lovett trial, in which a number of Saints players could be called to testify.
Galbally is replacing Matthew Drain who was previously acting in the position. In footy do you sack the coach when they are winning or when they are losing?
A nameless Collingwood supporter, clearly disgruntled over the appointment, had the temerity to suggest that given the Saints’ history of attacking their victims, Mick Gatto might have been a more appropriate choice.
For the football pundits out there, any bets as to whether the PR team or the Lawyers are more likely to make the sinners into saints?