Edmonton Oilers Head Coach Fired By Skype


While most people are embracing social media and new technologies to make life easier or to market themselves in a positive way, Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish recently had a different idea. Ralph Krueger, the now former Head Coach of the Oilers is reporting that MacTavish fired him over Skype.

Krueger in an interview with Ryan Rishaug of TSN said, “This past Thursday he had requested that I accept him on Skype so that he could Skype me. When the conversation began it went to business very quickly and he was quite clear with the message that he felt it was necessary … for him to hire a new head coach. And that’s the way it went.”

So is firing by Skype the equivalent of being broken up by text message? Maybe but, Brian Stubits, Hockey writer for CBSSports.com doesn’t think so.

But really, is it that weird? Krueger was all the way over in Switzerland while MacTavish was in North America. Would it have been better for either man to fly halfway around the world for a 10-minute conversation? The answer is no. At least it was done with some sense of a face-to-face meeting.

Right or wrong, next time your boss asks to connect via Skype, you might want to think twice.

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