For the fortunately uninitiated, 'Catfishing' is the act of pretending to be someone else while interacting with others online. It has entered the mainstream through an MTV reality TV show under the same title. In the rather voyeuristic show, some vulnerable and naive people hire the help of a man who himself was a victim of Catfishing to point out that they had been conned into an online relationship for various reason
This week has seen a real-life rendering of that strange idea at Danish club Brondby.
Brondy's manager Thomas Frank has resigned having been criticised online by his chairman.
Jan Bech Andersen is the club's majority shareholder, and had the slightly dubious decency to use a pseudonym under his son's account to criticise his manager.
Following the criticism, manager Frank has quit, as he told a news conference today:
“It is no secret that the relationship between Jan and me has been strained from time to time, and after the last days of massive media attention, he and I had a talk. Based on that talk, I have chosen to end the cooperation.
The club's chief executive, Soren Vadmand has also been sacked by the club for his part in the club posting a loss of 17 million Kroner for 2015.
Penny for the thoughts of Daniel Agger, who was at Liverpool at the height of the dysfunction between Rafa Benitez and former owners George Gillet and Tom Hicks. Such were the absurd depths plumbed during that regime at Liverpool, Agger might have assumed he would never witness such a disconnect between boardroom and dugout.
It appears he was wrong.