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In one of the posts earlier, I asked the question: "What has Ivor Beeks done that was positive for Wycombe Wanderers FC?". No-one was able to give a reasonable reply. I think it is important for a history lesson to prevent mistakes of the past repeating.
So I have looked back at Beeks' tenure and can say that the only time he can gain enormous credit for anything was the initial appointment of Lawrie Sanchez in 1999. Sanchez was an instant succcess and the FA Cup semi-final run should have been the pathway to stabilisation.
I'm trying to be as balanced as possible here but Beeks' mistakes, that I've attempted to list here, more than outway his successes.
Jim Kelman found it difficult to work with him, hardly a positive, although that did lead to the arrival of Martin O'Neill (an incredibly lucky break given the circumstances and one achieved due to the work of Mr Parry not Beeks).
Over the five years of O'Neill, Wycombe obviously enjoyed phenomenal success but largely because of O'Neill and the structure set in place by Brian Lee (off the field) and Kelman (on it).
Beeks' attempts at power off the field did him no credit whatsover - look at the situations with the Blues Club, WWISC, the Crewe ticket fiasco, a spat with a local journalist on the night the Conference title was won, the greatest moment in the club's history at that stage.
His treatment of O'Neill in his final year was outrageous by refusing to increase budgets yet building an expensive stand which was not wanted or needed, and is left half empty today.
His decision to appoint Alan Smith was deplorable and he then gave him a large amount of money to effectively rip up O'Neill's squad.
Although history will say John Gregory did a good job as Wycombe manager he also did so with a vast amount of money, which started the downward financial spiral.
Neil Smillie's arrival was a cost-saving exercise but it was abundantly clear it was a terrible decision. Still Beeks rectified things with Sanchez's arrival and the cup run should have settled the club.
Instead Beeks was fundamental in a number of baffling moves including getting the ground sponsored for a mere £10,000 a year, attempting and eventually changing the constitution, giving Sanchez a lengthy and ultimately expensive new contract at a time where he had looked far less than convincing than his fine start, allowing Wasps to groundshare at the club.
He was supposed to be representing the members as chairman but then suggested a move to Milton Keynes was being considered!
He then appointed Tony Adams, a complete disaster of an appointment that set the club back a long way, especially as John Gorman had done a good job as caretaker. Adams did not even tell Beeks he had resigned so read into that what you want!
I'm fed up with the "Beeks presided over the best period in the club's history" argument. As these circumstances above show, he did not do a very good job at all and was extremely lucky.
Which is why rumours of Beeks returning to the club worry me greatly.