The Manager of the Liverpool branch of Maplins, Danny McKleesh, has shocked the retail world by ‘leaving his post’, which he has held for just over a year. His decision comes after a run of results that has seen his store slip to 8th in a league table of stores in his region.
‘I love this store, and always will, and that is why I have made the decision resign as manager and give someone else a chance to take it back to it’s former glory’ he told us through his ‘agent’ at the job centre. ‘I started as just a member of staff before coming back to manage the store, I have even seen us ranked No1 electrical store in Europe.’
Critics of Mr McKleesh blame his demise on poor tactical positioning of staff during busy periods and an appalling recruitment record. John Evans, a loyal customer of the store for over 30 years spoke to us about one recruit in particular. ‘He brought in one lad who used to work at Currys. When he was there he was their top salesman. He was so good they even forgave him for some misdimeanours, but the minute he turned up here, he couldn’t sell a fire extinguisher to a man on fire. He is so poor we have thought about putting him up for ‘The Apprentice’.
His biggest mistake though is thought to be his undying support for a very controversial member of his team. A complaint was made that Lewis Swares was refusing to sell any black goods, instead pushing the white version to all his customers. ‘The lad isn’t choosing to sell products based on their colour’ Mr McKleesh told reporters at the time. ‘Even though all the evidence proves the allegation to be true, the rest of the team will wear t-shirts of support and to stop these allegations continuing, we have decided to stop stocking black items, so no prejudice can occur’
Rumours are now brewing about who will take on the coveted position at the store. All the usual names have been mentioned, but the bookies favourite seems to be Martin Ese, currently managing the Wigan branch. We asked him if he had held talks about the position and although he initially denied the claim, his excitement could not be held back as he admitted ‘OK we have spoken, it’s a fair Kop’