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P.S. If Iles is picking up from Bower and Maguire, have Bower and Maguire ever commented on how much Holdsworth cost the club or where the £525K fee went? Is this, in other words, an alliance of individuals bent on picking and chosing whatever facts might suit inherent prejudices whilst ignoring any others that don't?
Sorry, forgot to try and answer this in my last post.
Obviously I can only guess at what their thinking was and all that was but clearly Bower had an agenda against Anderson right from the beginning, certainly in his ST Board Member role and was firmly in the pro-Holdsworth camp, so it is no surprise to me at least that he was amongst the first to shout from the rooftops about the £525k shown in the accounts (wasn't it actually shown as an auditor note as something that happened after the annual accounts in question - I can't be bothered to look back now - if so no one including Bower at that time could check that it actually reached it's stated destination, until that particular company published it's account some several months later at best).
He certainly never bothered to check thereafter, or if he did he certainly never bothered to make equally known in public his findings!
Maguire came to my attention much later, from iirc Bower re-tweeting him. I note that they tended to keep each other in the loop via twitter from that time on in respect of any perceived chance of sticking the knife into Anderson, which were always included and sent to Iles, who often re-tweeted them for his rabid twitter followers to feed on and stoke their fires even higher.
Maguire did an article on the accounts and took glee in pointing out that if you took the first letter of each paragraph of his article it spelled out iirc 'Anderson is a cunt' - I kid you not.
How objective and non biased reporting was that?
I have no problem with either of them having personal views but object to anyone (Bower was a ST Board Member and as such was representing its membership - which at the time claimed to representing the voice of all BWFC supporters, whilst Maguire as a University lecturer and frequent media football finance expert on TV) in my opinion, abusing their positions of authority to push their own agendas.
I doubt Maguire had any desire or inclination to asses and report on what Holdsworth took out of BWFC previously.
I've no doubt that Iles bought into everything Bower and Maguire said as it clearly backed up his pro-Holdsworth anti-Anderson agenda - and gave a veneer of authority to the widely held view that Anderson was basically a crook, raping the club for his own benefit.
Bower has largely dropped out of the public eye in the last couple of years and left the ST Board before that, so I don't think Iles has him to lean on anymore and thus assumed that his (once again) incorrect financial comments - this time in respect of MK Dons - came from Maguire, whom he misquoted!
All water under the bridge now, Anderson's gone, the Administrators had a good look at the books and the weeks continue to roll on since then without any apparent sanctions against KA, and of course FV now hold the reigns.
Onwards and upwards from now on I hope - although I still can't understand what the masterplan is yet?
I would have thought an esteemed reporter would have found that out and told us by now - wouldn't you?