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IS ANDY HORNBY THE RIGHT MAN FOR ALLIANCE BOOTS?

<strong>GAVIN GEORGE </strong>ERNST&amp;YOUNG<br />Alliance Boots will be looking at the top heavy-weight contenders for the role. But the problem is there aren&rsquo;t that many experienced retail chief executives who are available on the market. Despite HBOS, Hornby&rsquo;s reputation remains undiminished in retail circles.<br /><br /><strong>JOHN STEVENSON </strong>KBC PEEL HUNT<br />Hornby&rsquo;s Asda background definitely lends itself to the Boots role. An issue for Boots has always been availability and stock control, even when you walk round there&rsquo;s lots of empty shelves. With Hornby&rsquo;s experience he will probably take it back to basic shop-keeping.<br /><br /><strong>ROGER LAWSON </strong>UK SHAREHOLDER ASSOCIATION<br />Hornby certainly knows more about retail than he does about banking. After the HBOS fiasco he clearly shouldn&rsquo;t be moving back into the financial world. But he obviously does need a job as he lost a lot of money on the HBOS shares and waived his bonus.