'His tilt at Rentokil seems ill-prepared, perhaps even incompetent' (Sunday Telegraph, 28 August); 'there are question marks over the structure of any deal from Sir Gerry ... and doubts over his commitment to the sweat of a full-time turnaround' (The Times, 24 August). Rentokil CEO Doug Flynn helped swing the battle in his favour with a defence of his track record: 'I don't lack in balls,' he told The Sunday Telegraph (28 August). 'It wouldn't surprise me if those guys don't turn up,' (FT, 26 August).
But the 'horrible' interim results and Flynn's admission that problems were 'much worse than I expected' (FT, 26 August) suggest Rentokil's woes go deeper than its leadership. Seen as a 'thinly disguised ragbag of corporate clutter' (The Sunday Times, 28 August). Rentokil faces calls for its break-up. Whoever ends up leading Rentokil, it may be a case of winning the battle but losing the war.
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Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow. www.echoresearch.com www.newsnow.co.uk.