COMMENT: Is Another Way really the right way at Forest Green?
DALE Vince does not do conventional, and his loyalty to a manager he inherited at Forest Green should be applauded in an age where instant success is craved.
But three straight defeats and a haul of seven points from the last 27 available cannot sit well with a pioneer of efficiency, who has sanctioned an annual outlay on player wages that exceeds £1 million.
Rovers' chairman declined to speak to the media after Saturday's loss against Macclesfield – perhaps preferring to reflect on whether his devotion to 'another way' can really deliver the Football League status he so publicly desires.
It is cruelly ironic that Dave Hockaday's latest struggle has coincided with his predecessor's reappearance in the headlines.
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Jim Harvey was a master of extracting the best from limited resources during his three years in the New Lawn hot-seat, steering Rovers to their highest Conference finish of eighth in 2006/07.
Last week he left Skrill North side Stalybridge Celtic, yet the Ulsterman's biggest regret must surely be the manner of his departure from Nailsworth in the summer of 2009.
Harvey was sacked for breach of contract, namely applying for other jobs without permission after growing frustrated with ever-tightening purse strings at his disposal.
Fourteen months later Rovers were under new ownership, and Vince's Ecotricity have ploughed unprecedented funds into the club.
Now Project Promotion has become a millstone around Hockaday's neck, particularly this season with the added pressure of being bookies' favourites for promotion and the euphoria of an 8-0 win over Hyde on the opening day.
Nobody could question the former Watford and Southampton academy coach's work ethic, and his transfer record is testament to his ability to spot talent.
But he is getting nowhere near the best out of the most expensive and impressive squad in Forest Green's history.
Talk of a Harvey return is surely fanciful, but Hockaday could do without a comparison in which he can only suffer.