Same Trough – Different Snouts

The City Tatts Race Day was held at Randwick on Saturday.

It’s always interesting to see who sponsors the races. Basically it’s a good guide to which snouts are currently in the trough.

Think about it. If Bartier Perry were happy to chip in $25,000 to sponsor a race while Tony Guilfoyle was there, they were telling you that they were doing so well out of City Tatts they could afford to do that and still come out ahead. It’s as simple as that.

Strange to say, Bartier Perry and Aristocrat Gaming have dropped out this year. That can only mean they are no longer getting enough money to cover the sponsorship.

But don’t worry. They have been replaced by a few Veloz favourites who will expect to be fully reimbursed in time.

Last year four of the nine races were named for City Tatts. This year there was one.

By the way, we are amazed that Clubs NSW would take the risk of being associated with Marcelo Veloz.

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Veloz has property development experience – he built a sand pit

Here at the City Tatts Information Desk we are humble enough to publish a correction when warranted.

After speaking with well placed sources at Cronulla we can announce that Marcelo Veloz did have some, albeit minor, property development experience at Sharks Leagues Club.

You see, he built a sand pit.

That’s right, a sand pit.

The story goes like this. When the Sharks made the NRL grand final in 2016 the club’s board were looking for a way to increase crowd participation on the night of the game. To do this they gave Veloz the green light to develop the club’s property to maximise patron numbers.

So what did he do? He built a sand pit. He commissioned his extra pair of eys and ears, Daniel Graham, to order tonnes of sand and fill one of the club’s car parks to resemble a beach.

That’s it.

So we stand corrected. Veloz has property development experience. He developed a car park into a temporary beach.

We think this is a fine achievement but is it enough to do the City Tatts job?

Maybe it’s the new qualification to be CEO?

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What’s cooking in the kitchen?

Rummaging through the smoke and ashes that Veloz created for himself recently we stumbled across his past working relationship with a chef from Cronulla Leagues Club.

This chef’s name is Simon McNamara and he worked with Veloz at Sharkies. He also worked at City Tatts with Veloz.

How interesting.

McNamara left City Tatts when blogs started to appear naming Veloz as one who inflated invoices and ripped off past employers through over charging and, well, charging for no work.

Is it a coincidence that McNamara got out then, or maybe he is smarter than Veloz?

Actually you’d hardly believe what we found out about their working relationship. And by working we mean working hot.

McNamara liked the girls. One girl in particular worked very closely with him. This same girl had a permanent partner at home but McNamara lured her into his lair. Luckily for her she saw the error of her ways and got out of the web McNamara had spun and as a result has made a life for herself with her partner.

Is this an example of the Veloz style of management, carried over from previous clubs, now in play at City Tatts?

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Just why did Veloz take the City Tatts job?

Members have been canvassing opinions as to why Marcelo Veloz left where he was to take the City Tatts job. Something just doesn’t stack up. Why would you go from a thriving corporate entity like the Cronulla Sharks to a run-down, broke club full of rattling skeletons? That is, unless you were used to skeletons rattling in your own closet.

Just to refresh your memory Cronulla Sharks, the club Veloz left to go to City Tatts, won the National Rubgy League title just five months before Veloz ended up at City Tatts. He was the CEO of the Sharks Leagues Club when they won the title. What we are working through is the process Veloz used to make his decision.

All we can come up with is that Veloz is on a big whack of cash at City Tatts. But it couldn’t be much more than the CEO of a successful club that had just won the number one rugby league competition in the world, could it?

The other factor to consider is the insane property development that Guilfoyle dreamt up. Could this have been the driver for Veloz to give up his Sharks gig for City Tatts? That doesn’t seem likely because the Sharks were already doing their own development. In fact, their Woolooware bay property development has 500 units. If Veloz had a job where property development was underway yet he left that to be part of another property development that was half the size, the obvious question is why?

Scouts are still looking into this move from Cronulla to City Tatts because it doesn’t make sense. Could it be that the same sort of skeletons rattling at Dooleys Catholic Club when Veloz was shown the door started rattling at Cronulla in 2016, just a few months before he ended up at City Tatts?

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Definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed – Part 1

We know that Marcelo Veloz does not have the sharpest business acumen. His distinct lack of awareness of Due Diligence (see previous blog) is testament to this.

So what drives him?

It must be the money he’s getting because it couldn’t be anything else. There’s nothing else in the club to get him out of bed each day.

Just look at the management team he has inherited. Take Mark Cooper, aka Humpty Dumpty. This clown is supposed to be the club’s financial controller, but really all he can control is his own hunger pangs by loading up with free food from the club’s restaurants.

Seriously, look at this buffoon. He has underperformed for over a quarter of a century but keeps getting paid each week. Even politicians need to be re-elected every few years yet this goon keeps rolling up (rolling being the operative word) and gets paid even though the club under his financial guidance has become the laughing stock of the industry.

When is this madness going to end?

Well, maybe soon. We hear rumblings that Veloz is planning to harpoon Humpty.

So although Humpty Dumpty is sitting on a wall of money right now it might not be too long before he has a great fall, and Veloz might be the man to give him the push.

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Does Marcelo Veloz know what Due Diligence means?

Poor Marcelo Veloz. We hear he is looking like a man under severe stress rather than a man in control. Is it any wonder considering what he has created for himself? Look at the last few months, the stress factors have all been brought on by himself.

Now just think, if he hadn’t done the silliest thing in the world and follow Guilfoyle into City Tatts none of his past rorting and indiscretions at other clubs would have surfaced.

If only Veloz had let his fingers do the walking and googled the term “Due Diligence” he wouldn’t be in this mess. Gven that he didn’t do it himself we are happy to help. Here is what Due Diligence means according to the dictionary:

  • A comprehensive appraisal of a business undertaken especially to establish it’s assets and liabilities and evaluate it’s commercial potential

Now if only Veloz had taken the time to find this out for himself he would be free to walk around without everyone looking at him, and laughing at him.

Juat look at the City Tatts balance sheet. It shows liabilities of $24.3 million. Who in their right mind would put up their hand for a job in an organisation that owed that sort of money, when the only revenue stream to support the business was the sale of alcohol, soft drinks, overpriced food and diminishing gaming machines? Add to this the destruction wrought by Guilfoyle and the imbeciles on the committee. So why would anyone put their hand up to run it?

As for commercial potential, that all went when the corrupt committee failed to do their job and stop Guilfoyle’s rorts and ensure the club was run in the interests of members.

Due Diligence – two small words with a very big meaning that we are sure Marcelo Veloz wishes he had investigated before he signed up for City Tatts.

City Tatts Information Desk


200 Days of Marcelo Veloz

When a new person holds office in any capacity it is customary to look back after the first 100 days to assess their performance.

This was done¬†with Donald Trump so if it’s good enough for The Donald it should be good enough for The Marshmallow. Now here at the City Tatts Information Desk we felt we needed to give Veloz a bit longer so we gave him 200 days. So let’s look at his achievements in his first 200 days of holding office:

  • Replaced the Club’s furniture with second-hand furniture
  • Employed his own crew in Daniel Graham and Jodie Blues on massive money
  • Founded the City Tatts high performance bunker
  • Empowered Humpty Dumpty to run the City Tatts high performance bunker
  • Locked members out of their own library and made access by appointment only
  • Slashed staff hours
  • Sacked the Club’s union representative. This is currently before the courts.
  • Sold off the Club’s gaming assets – gaming machines and gaming licences
  • Closed Cafe 2
  • Held a Chilean Independence Day function in the Club to build his own profile in the Chilean community

Now you be the judge. Is it just us or is this bloke a bigger bluffer than Guilfoyle? 200 days in the CEO role and nothing to show for it except inept performance.

What did we say about him being another Guilfoyle?

So you be the judge. Pass or fail for Veloz during his first 200 days?

City Tatts Information Desk