I'd go with your idea of an outsider as a possible choice.
The problem we're dealing with here is possibly this. Many posters on this board are employees who have a vested interest in the bank not being sold, therefore, they're dead against any suggestion that it could be sold, even the ones who pretend to be old and retired. You'll never get a straight critical thought from these people.
Just my opinion. But I do like to tweak them now and then.