Vausey wrote: No matter how he's done it, whether it be dodgy dealings or whatever, he's steadied the ship at the very least (admittedly with our money!).
How do you know that? Because the clubs accounts say so? We don't know who own's ER or TA, we don't know where a lot of the money is going, or what other debts Bates might land our club with the day he leaves or dies. This is a man who invented a massive loan in order to win the club back after bankruptcy, he is the man who threatened to liquidate the club when he looked like loosing the club during the same bankruptcy. I don't think we will know if the ship is even seaworthy until Bates leaves.