Kieran Maguire: Chelsea have 'real issue' as 'completely inappropriate' text messages exposed
Chelsea have done the right thing by sacking Damian Willoughby after his “completely inappropriate” text messages to a female finance agent were exposed.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the now-former commercial director who was in the job for less than a month.
The Telegraph reported on Wednesday (21 September) that the Blues had fired Willoughby for sexual harassment after his messages to Catalina Kim, which pre-date his arrival at Stamford Bridge, came to light.
Chelsea, who are under new ownership following Todd Boehly’s takeover in May, insist that Willoughby’s behaviour runs contrary to the values of the club.
The West Londoners were the subject of a report by the New York Times earlier this year that detailed a toxic culture in their marketing department.
Maguire implores club chiefs to do everything in their power to stamp out any seedlings of inappropriate behaviour behind the scenes.
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“Chelsea have very much done the right thing here,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“The texts were completely inappropriate. Unfortunately, I think it is still representative of a jocks’ culture that exists within football clubs.
“They are male-dominated. There is a Wolf-of-Wall-Street mentality that exists when there is too much testosterone in too small an area.
“It is an area that is a real issue that football clubs need to address if they want to be taken seriously as multi-million businesses who are inclusive to everybody.”