Melbourne Heart announced the departure of their media linchpin, Simon Chiarelli, from the club.
Melbourne Heart announced the departure of their media linchpin, Simon Chiarelli, from the club today. Chiarelli leaves the club by mutual consent after a two and half year spell in the thick of press and media operations, and goes on to work in the law world.
Michael Lynch of The Age had this to say:
"Ah, Simon Chiarelli...I'd like to say I taught him everything he knew. But I did my best to dissuade him from ever entering the media profession,
"My time with Simon goes back seven or eight years, when he was a tall but rather fat young fellow who stood on the sidelines at Doncaster Rovers training ground watching his young brother Stefan train in the under 13s.
"I stood alongside, watching my youngest son Eugene, as the two were team-mates, and fielded many, many questions from Simon about how to enter the trade.
"As I said, I tried to put him off, but there was as much chance (back then, anyway) of that happening as him dumping his beloved Milan. "Now he's still tall, but slimmer than slim, and it sounds like he has had a change of mind and decided to bale out after all. Given the carnage in the media industry, who can blame him?
"I wish him all the best in the future, and thank him for his professionalism and assistance while he has been the Heart's media go to man."
The club would like to thank Simon for all the support and endless endeavor shown to the Melbourne Heart brand of football and culture. He has left a legacy of Australian and global football stats as well as the positive media influence the club keeps today.
Good luck Simon!