Perhaps but he totalled screwed up the Safeway acquisition, driving away hoards of customers by changing the product offerings to a single Morrisons standard with no regard to what customers wanted.The firm hasn't been right since Sir Ken popped his clogs a couple of years ago. Ran a very tight shop during his tenure and kept his eye on it after he'd left. A billionaire when he died. He counted every fceking penny too.
Apparently went to Safeway HQ day one, addressed the masses and near enough told them that they were all soft Southern nancies, survivors would all have to move to t'North and the whole outfit was no good selling the "wrong" product mix.. It would be assimilated into the glorious Morrisons business model with immediate effect.
Vast majority of Safeway senior staff soon walked or were fired, Deloitte "change managers" went after 6 months and whole thing went to rats with 5 profit warnings in 18 months, all of course blamed on how terrible Safeway was. (Which is why you bought it, obvs)
Its no coincidencr thay for a long time Morrisons was the only FTSE 100 company to have no Non Executive Directors at all.