Well, it's not up to you to dtermine when a thread will end. If there have been and only ever will be four men to take clubs forward to promotion and beyond, what are you and the other crusaders for the staus quo afraid of ?
Maybe you are wrong ? Its happened before. After all, we now know the earth is not flat and the sun is just a minor star.
If I may
He hasn't said the thread has ended
Merely that has no wish to take further part in it.