Football club makes light of backlash following controversial job post

A Footbll club that told job seekers not to apply if they “have to pick up the kids from school at 3:30 pm” posted a cheeky tweet highlighting the dispute.

Non-league AFC Fylde sparked anger after they shared a job ad to replace outgoing chief executive Jonty Castle, but told people not to apply if you wanted a “work-life balance”.

The club, which is at the top of the National League North, sparked a backlash on social media with the job ad, telling “office dwellers” not to apply.

It said: “We work hard at Fylde, so again don’t apply if you are looking for a“ work-life balance ”or if you have to pick up the children from school at 3:30 pm twice a week.”

“This is a” hands-on role “and requires hands-on guidance from the front, so please do not apply from” delegates “and” office dwellers “.

The complaint was withdrawn after some people pointed out that potential parental exclusion may not be legal under the Labor and Discrimination Act.

Others said they would consider reporting the club’s behavior to the leaders of the Vanarama Football League.

But in a cheeky response, its official Twitter account posted a picture of the clock on the club’s 6,000-capacity mill farm, suggesting the poster was done work at 3:30 p.m.

They tweeted, “Coasters, you’ll be happy to know the watch is finally fixed.

“That’s me for today. See you tomorrow at @BPAFCOfficial. “

The club has now resumed the job posting with slight additions and edited the controversial wording.

But their emphasis on not having a “flexible work-life balance” remains.

In the new job advertisement the club says: “This is a ‘hands-on role’ and requires practical guidance from the front, so please do not apply to ‘delegators’ and ‘office residents’.”


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