Originally Posted by Briony
A further example is that Smith is univerally considered a poor captain yet gets some good results considering the teams are compromised by the quota system.
I'm not sure he is. No-one rates his captaincy as something special, because it isn't, but I don't think anyone other than those who have a rabid, irrational hatred of him (and they do number a decent few) thinks he's a poor captain.
Most people prepared to offer a fair assessment of him say he does a decent job. Not an outstanding one (there are thought to be at least a couple who might do better) but a more than acceptible one.