Hawks and Bevo to part ways
A few days ago, Mitch Jennings wrote this in the Illawarra Mercury:
The Hawks on-court inconsistency this season has come amid payroll issues that saw players and staff not receive all their super entitlements. It attracted the attention of the NBL, the players' association and even the ATO before it was thankfully resolved.
Depending on who you talk to it's the sign of a club at death's door, or a payroll glitch that barely rates a mention. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
The NBL has been across it and doesn't hold any fears for the club's immediate future. It does go a long way to explaining Rob Beveridge's reluctance to commit to another year at the helm.
He said of his future this week: "it's about being in an environment where you’re happy to turn up to work every day and work hard." In a role where you're already starting well behind the financial eight-ball it's an essential ethos.
When the front office doesn't have its act together, it can quickly be eroded. A look at the front office Beveridge has dealt with in his four years should go a long way to explaining his reticence to readily recommit.