I’ve resisted for a long time on this and would rather not talk about it, I’m not sure it’ll do anyone any good and I won’t be getting into a big back and forth on it, but…
I stood by James, stood in front of him too. Supported him before I got there, while he was there, and after he left. On the day he left he found me and very graciously thanked me for my support in an inspiring private conversation I’ll never publicly share, but also told me how important he felt I was for the future of our club. Reiterated his thoughts months later too. Given that, the suggestion that I didn’t support him is pretty offensive, as is the suggestion that I ran purely on a ‘stand by Hird’ campaign in the first place, I’d encourage anyone to go back over my first Q&A on the site for reference on that, I’m sure it’s still available.
If anyone doesn’t believe I did absolutely everything in my power to support James at our club, honestly and please at this point, ask him. If you think otherwise based on your own deductions or rumor, you’re wrong. I understood the raw emotion at the time and that it was my job to quietly take it in the teeth so I did, but folks we’re two and half years on and the man himself has openly and publicly talked about it many times now. He’s a champion of our club and someone I both respect a great deal and care for personally, the ongoing suggestion from a few that I deserted him in some way is just completely wrong.
My tenure so far has been about a lot more than that one period of time, but I’m proud of my entire time at the club, including that, and am incredibly excited about our future.