Collingwood has extended the contract of the Club’s banner organiser following Friday night’s “tonihgt” blunder.
The person in charge of the banner was under close media scrutiny all weekend after the spelling error on the team’s banner went viral, but the Magpies’ board is sticking behind the individual.
The decision to extend the person’s contract came after an extensive review from the Collingwood front office.
While many were surprised by the news, it comes as no shock to us given the Magpies’ history. As recent as August last year they extended head coach Nathan Buckley’s contract for two years after missing the finals in four straight seasons.
The organiser wasn’t able to speak to our reporters, but sent through an email in response to the decision.
“I was quiet nervous about the review, but I’m wrapped with the outcome,” it read.
Club President, Eddie McGuire spoke to the media following the decision.
“We’ve acknowledged the mistakes and shortcomings of our banner organiser, and we believe we’ve taken the steps to get our banners back to being the best.
“We’ve employed a supervisor to spell-check all the banners made by the organiser to ensure nothing like this happens again.
“The supervisor has worked for St Kilda and Essendon in the past, so his experience will be invaluable.”
Our investigations revealed that the supervisor was fired by Essendon in the 1980’s after he accidentally wrote “Bombres” on the banner, and again fired by St Kilda in 2012 after also misspelling tonight as “tonihgt”.