Sculley was thrilled by the possibility.
It would solve most of his management issues,
moving Jobs back to what he did best and getting rid of his disruptive presence in Cupertino.
Sculley also had a candidate to replace Jobs as manager of the Macintosh division:
Jean-Louis Gassee, Apple's chief in France, who had suffered through Jobs's visit there.
Gassee flew to Cupertino and said he would take the job
if he got a guarantee that he would run the division rather than work under Jobs.
One of the board members, Phil Schlein of Macy's, tried to convince Jobs
that he would be better off thinking up new products and inspiring a passionate little team.
But after some reflection, Jobs decided that was not the path he wanted.
He declined to cede control to Gassee,
who wisely went back to Paris to avoid the power clash that was becoming inevitable.
For the rest of the spring, Jobs vacillated.
There were times when he wanted to assert himself as a corporate manager,
even writing a memo urging cost savings by eliminating free beverages and first-class air travel,
and other times when he agreed with those who were encouraging him to go off and run a new AppleLabs RD group.
In March Murray let loose with another memo that he marked "Do not circulate" but gave to multiple colleagues.
"In my three years at Apple, I've never observed so much confusion, fear, and dysfunction as in the past 90 days," he began.
"We are perceived by the rank and file as a boat without a rudder, drifting away into foggy oblivion."
Murray had been on both sides of the fence;
at times he conspired with Jobs to undermine Sculley, but in this memo he laid the blame on Jobs.
"Whether the cause of or because of the dysfunction,
Steve Jobs now controls a seemingly impenetrable power base."