This is why I blame the chairman, there was no long term plan when we bought Rhodes. I don't buy all of this 'well all the fans wanted him'. Quite a few of us at the time said that he wasn't the right type of player we needed. I had no issue with the Winnall signing, relatively cheap, in form and a decent age. The problem with Winnall has been he hasn't improved as a player since being with us. That is a gamble you take and I have no issue with that. With Fletcher & Winnall already at the club Rhodes was a signing we just didn't need.
The chairman should've had a sustainable rolling 3 year financial strategy, not just a win or bust throw of the dice. You plan correctly and you can challenge the play offs every year, you plan like we did and you have one or two massive tilts at it then its 3-4 years (minimum) in the wilderness.