I'm not buying into this talk of the manager being such a disagreeable character that players would be queuing up to leave the club because of him, and I feel this is borne out by the number of players AJ has signed more than once during his managerial career - Kidd, Paton, Gibson, Holt etc. No doubt there are personality clashes, but if that was the be all and end all how many players would have turned down Man U in the Alex Ferguson years, or Souness's Rangers?
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Barney Davidson and had a long chat with him about his time at Queens, and he told me that of the 7 or 8 managers (if you include Willie Harkness) he played under only one was "a right b*****d" (his words!), and that was Billy McLaren who allegedly went out of his way to bully and humiliate players, especially youth/younger players, to such an extent that they were desperate to leave the club or even give up the game altogether. The rest (who I think off the top of my head would have been Nobby Clark, Drew Busby, Mike Jackson, Ally McLeod, Frank McGarvey, Davie Wilson, Derek Frye and the aforementioned Harkness) he believed were all decent man managers.
Since then we've heard all about the well-documented issues that players had with Kenny Brannigan (prime example being David Weatherston), and I have heard from a couple of people connected to clubs other than Queens that Rowan Alexander could be a right c**t in his treatment of youth players, but from the outside looking in AJ doesn't strike me as being of the same type of character as either of those two or McLaren.