If you've been following the news of Charles Morgan's dismissal from the Morgan Motor Company his grandfather founded over a century ago, and wondered why the family-owned company was letting him go, here's the answer.

According to Autocar, the cause for dismissal comes down to four counts of misconduct. The company alleges that Charles (1) falsely represented himself as chairman of the company after having been bumped down to strategy director, (2) supported the Oak Racing team and its Nissan-powered, Morgan-branded LMP2 effort without board approval, (3) divulged information of an impending revised Morgan 3 Wheeler to a group of owners, and (4) accepted payments for talks on his experience in Afghanistan and Iran without board approval.

The vote to dismiss Charles on these grounds was reportedly made by the board of Morgan Technologies, which consists of his sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and one niece as well as the company's managing director, finance director and the family lawyer. For his part, Charles refutes the accusations and intends to appeal the dismissal in court this Friday. If you care to support Charles Morgan in his fight to regain control of his family's company, you can sign the online petition here.


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      tump
      • 1 Year Ago
      What? These are hardly damning allegations. These aren't even a big deal. I was expecting some salacious drama, not "you told customers about a new car."
      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds to me like he wasn't playing well with others and got what ANYONE would have. It also sounds like there are other Morgans there to run the business. I guarantee it wasn't easy for the siblings and others to make the decision they made. I would leave well enough alone. Hearing both sides of the story is always nice.
        fordskydog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        I was dismayed to heat the rest of the board is also family. That bodes VERY poorly for the company's long term. Family run businesses, after generation one, are statistically doomed to failure. Best case, the company gets sold to a proper holding company within ten years. Mark my words.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is family business for you. When Morgan was adrift with an uncertain future, they were happy to let Charles have a go at it. . When Morgan is going strong with a product line that both respects their traditions and excite car enthusiasts and the money starts coming in, everybody wants a piece of it and the knives come out of the drawers.
      ckm
      • 1 Year Ago
      [in a wood panelled conference room somewhere in England in late October 2013] Ladies & Gentlemen, the board is now in session. We urgently need to find a set of credible reasons why we fired Charles. [silence] -- Wait, didn't he tell the gardner he was the chairman? -- Yeah, yeah! -- And he also told that tour group that the 3-wheeler had a future.... -- and he supported that winning LeMans team, wait, maybe that's not a good reason.... -- Anyone else have any other reasons? No, well I'm sure our solicitor can dig up a few more that seem reasonable.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      For just pennies a day, (or minutes of your life), you can sponsor a CEO today. Won't you help a CEO today? Give him clean fresh, vintage wine to drink. Ensure he has access to top of line medical care. Has a warm goose down bed to lay his head down at night. A gold flake painted ceiling over his head? Posted above is the picture of a CEO that you can help today!
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        The CEO of a small, family owned company of handcrafted cars, is not at all in the same league as the overpaid corporate CEOs of Fortune 500 corporations.
        fordskydog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Double Lolz
      Read Tull
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh and how did MMC do at LeMans this past year? 1st and 2nd in LMP2.
        8LiterHemiV8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Read Tull
        That "Morgan" LMP2 was built and engineered by Onroak Automotive.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what happens when you sell-off your own company to investors... you stop being able to control it altogether and end up being an employee. An employee that can, obviously, get fired. If he doesn't like it, then he should have thought of that before he told the family business.
        ckm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        There are no investors in Morgan - it's owned by the family. If he had sold it off to investors, they might be whole lot more rational. You don't fire someone who's engineered a 50% growth in a relatively short period of time....
      Read Tull
      • 1 Year Ago
      My mog and I are 100% in support of Charles. Even if the points are true, he's done wonders for the company! I'll be writing a letter to MMC as well.
        Ken
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Read Tull
        Morgan Owner's Group = MOG
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          Read Tull
          • 1 Year Ago
          Also 'mog' and 'moggie' have been used as short for a morgan. For instance +4 4 seater DHCs are sometimes referred to as 'snobmogs'
          superchan7
          • 1 Year Ago
          Another American asking other countries to pander to his language and cultural preferences. Go back to your TV baseball game; your "mom" made you a "sammich."
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