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I can think of no other manager in the Football League who has GA’s ability to identify, attract and inspire young players of character and talent to realise their potential. The system of recruiting and developing young players which has been forced upon the club by the disbanding of the academy is arguably more cost-effective. It is hard to imagine that another manager would match the qualities which have made GA and his management team so successful and it would not surprise me if Bill Luby and Jim Collis have made clear during discussions over the past year or so that their continued interest depended on his continued employment. As a concomitant of that, GA’s new five year contract may well have recognised in financial terms just how important he is.
If I am anywhere near the truth in my speculation, I can think of no more compelling reason for Legacy Members to vote (subject to satisfactory arguments/financial commitments from the bidders in the New Year) for acceptance of the proposed takeover.
I have little doubt that continued success and a resumption of occasional football fortune would follow.