Your reasoning is spot on George, I do agree with you that Maher will bring to the table many skills that Cheryl never really could, specifically in reguard to training up and holding onto quality up and coming players.
I also agree when you said that Maher will be able to attract perhaps a higher calibre of player, BUT I honestly dont believe that he will be able to put together a team as well as Cheryl might've in the same situation. The reason is simple: money.
Bulleen has never been a club who has been able to throw money at players. Their entire organisation is run by 5 or 6 dedicated volunteers who do their duties alongside working full time with kids. The only funding that is allocated towards the WNBL program is the funding that these individuals can scrape together through sponsorship and door takings. So in light of this fact, I find it astonishing how year in, year out Chambers has been able to attract a high calibre of talent (Grima, Randall etc) AND still retain her core group of Milner, Glaubitz, Jordan, Carr and others together. The only way that Cheryl could juggle the contracts of her core group and the Opals stars is if she can get away with paying the core group LESS. It is a sign of the dedication that these girls have, to each other and to Chambers, that the senior members of the team stick around each season even when they could be making double or triple the money somewhere else. (eg. Adelaide or Canberra)
Basically, much of Bulleens success has come from Cheryls ability to attract and keep these players reguardless of her teams financial situation. They stay for her. So, when their team was on the cusp of winning their first ever championship, and seeing all of their hard work finally pay off, the COM decides to screw up their groove!
Believe me when I say, they were already thinking ahead to next season and what they needed to do to win it all. They'd all pretty much decided (with exception to the retired Hibbert) that they'd go one more season, for Hammonds and because they enjoyed the season so much.
So anyway, im very interested to see how Maher can handle this situation. I wouldn't be suprised if there were some players who are having second thoughts about this season due to Cheryls unceremonious sacking.