Yes, Tom, I too have wondered why the GM or Directors didn't take a more active line, but that's how it was. I suppose one issue was, if you get rid of this pair, with whom do you replace them? Someone from the LNWR? The answer proved to be Stanier, who had nothing previously to do with the LMS and so could be seen as neutral. There are many books covering the LMS's teething troubles: LMS, a Railway in Retrospect by C Hamilton Ellis (although I'm not a big fan), 1970 Ian Allan SBN 71100048 4. Perhaps better is Locomotive Engineers of the LMS 1991, Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 1-85260-142-6. The books from Roland Bond and E Stuart Cox tend to gloss over the internal politics, in my opinion.