Also, whilst the Robson appointment was clearly a disaster, I think it is worth bearing in mind:
- Robson was brought in to attract big names to a club which had just been relegated - which to an extent he did successfully (with Beattie and Naysmith in particular);
- Robson did not come alone, but came with Brian Kidd, one of the most respected coaches in the country, and who is currently coaching the Premiership champions;
- when looking at them as a pair, was it that silly to think that Robson's ability to attract players, coupled with Kidd's ability to coach them, was not a reasonable plan (albeit one that failed)?
- the repeated mantra that Robson was financially supported more than Warnock is simply nonsense and is not supported by the financial facts. During his brief reign at BDTBL Robson raised over £6m (net) for the club by player sales over player purchases; whilst in his last 18 months in charge Warnock spent over £14m on new players - with some very odd signings in his last two January transfer windows which ultimately cost us (including Akinbiyi (£1.75m) Horsfield (£1.2m) Fathi (£750k) Shelton (£1.75m), Seck (undisclosed) etc.) as well as other signings such as Davis (£2.5m), Hulse (£2.2m), Leigertwood (£600k), Kilgallon (£1.75m), Stead (£750k), Lucketti (£300k) etc.