Corowa-Rutherglen president Graham Hosier maintains the club was on the verge of reaping the benefits from Marc Almond's professionalism.
As expected, Almond stepped down from the coaching role this week.
The mark of anyone, in all aspects of life, is to leave the place in a stronger position.
"He certainly has, I think if we had played this year, it would have proven how much we'd changed and what Marc had done," Hosier said.
The Roos hadn't won a game since late 2015 when Almond took over in 2018.
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They managed only 812 points in his debut year, averaging just 45 points, but pushed that to 53 points per game last year.
Almond had recruited proven bush goal-kickers Damian Cupido and Trent Castles for 2020.
Meanwhile, Myrtleford's Dawson Simpson will co-coach with Jake Sharp as planned, while Rovers' Daryn Cresswell and Jamason Daniels will co-coach.