Are We The Most Hated Team?
Every transfer window all of our best players are linked away elsewhere: This outing Warnock, Santa Cruz, Jason Roberts, Benni McCarthy, Keith Andrews, Chris Samba and a host of our other players were all linked with various clubs, with various levels of credibility. All however, were written in the style that a move anywhere would be a move up from Blackburn.
Add to this Mark Lawrenceson`s open dislike of all things related to the club, and our permanent feature as last game on MOTD and a pattern starts to emerge.
Today, however, was the last straw for me. Browsing the usually excellent Guardian Unlimited football pages, I saw a season preview for my beloved Blackburn Rovers by Paul Doyle. Now I`m not one to take the usual Rovers-bashing too seriously, but describing some of our football under Allardyce as 'projectile-vomit` is a bit harsh (full quote below).
I`d be the first to admit that we had a dreadful season last year - the sooner it`s forgotten, the better. But, be fair to us - we had a shockingly weak squad and a star striker who was either injured or making girlish cooing noises towards our old gaffer over at Man City. We stayed up, we survived, and whatever you might say about Big Sam, it would be unfair to judge him on our performances last year.
Reading through the comments was even worse - considering that this was the Guardian, not the Daily Mail, the level of hatred towards both Allardyce and Blackburn based on nothing except the media`s continued crusader to paint Rovers as the dirtiest team in the Premiership, was astounding.
So I ask you this: Are Blackburn currently the most hated team in the British Media?
" There were times when Rovers looked as shambolic under Allardyce as they had been when flopping 3-0 at Wigan in what turned out to be Ince's sack-sealer; in the miserable defeats at Anfield and the Britannia, for example, they didn't so much play as projectile-vomit. And the only virtue they needed in the vital home wins over Newcastle, Portsmouth and Wigan was the ability to accept gifts from diffident or deranged opponents. That, in fairness, was progress, which, given the club's wretched injury list, was commendable."
Read the full Guardian Article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/aug/04/premier-league-preview-blackburn-rovers