Point taken. However, I really don't understand what's so confusing about the Lydiard method. It is so simple and it is very well explained (by Lydiard). Sure, I admit that I didn't see it at first. But once it start to make sense, it has become very clear how it works and why. Science is very important. If Lydiard's approach of "go by how you feel" and then turn around and say "calculate meticulously for time trials" contradict your way of defining training method, I don't know what to tell you. It's both important.
Lydiard was not the first one to "invent" correct training method. Many others before him had done very similar ways and succeeded. But as far as I'm concerned, Lydiard was pretty much the first one to explain to all of us how it works and, to an extent, why. If you think runners like Coe not running 100 miles a week for 10 weeks or Henry Marsh not doing his 22-miler "not Lydiard", again, I don't know what to tell ya. They still need high oxygen uptake level and they still need power and flexibility and develop anaerobic capacity as well as speed to sharpen up and then peak on the day. In a sense of correct physiological and mechanical fundamentals, Lydiard had it all right and everyone has covered all the elements Lydiard explained if only in a different fashion. Human physiology is not different from black to white to oriental; men or women; middle distances to the marathon.
If you expected Lydiard to know everything, he didn't. He made mistakes; he had made incorrect statements. He's only human too. You cannot expect one man to know everything. If you find a few runners who did great doing nothing but intervals and you want to follow that path, all the power to you. I'm totally with you on "having greater perspective." Don't look at what kind of training some Kenyan runner did 4 weeks before he set the world record; but look at what he was doing 7 years before he reached that level. We all want to see a quick results; we all want to be faster today. Let's look at some example of some athletes setting the records by running 20 miles a week, all quality. Sure, you will improve some initially. But that's how this country destroys young potentials.