Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Thursday September 3 2009
There have been some comments made in the press this morning by Birmingham City manager and all round ginger person Alex McLeish about current Brum schemer and ex-Rovers player Barry Ferguson.
McLeish sticks up for Barry's behaviour and performance during his first ill-fated stint in England as well he might with it being his player but I have taken a few exceptions with what he has said.
Picture this like an argument but with a very handsome man arguing with McLeish (ed- yeah right)...
McLeish, speaking to Sky Sports said about Barry - 'People say Barry had a rough time at Blackburn but I disagree with that.
Mikey - First off Barry had everything on a plate over at Ewood and he did have a rough time but it was all of his own making. He was made captain of the team and given a pivotal role to grow as a player. He then chucked it all away when he decided he didn't like playing for Blackburn after while playing for us.
'He had an horrific knee injury but, when he came back to full fitness, he was a fantastic player in the Rovers midfield.
'The big thing is the jury is still out on whether he can be a Premier League player because he didn't stay long enough at Blackburn.
'But I know from speaking to Walter Smith at the time, that he was getting fantastic reports about Barry Ferguson's performances at Blackburn.
Mikey - I am not sure who speaks to Walter Smith but Barrys' performances were solid for sure and he pitched in with odd goal but on the whole he was a big disappointment. He went missing in big matches and quickly thought he was too big for the club.
'I know people said he was soon back up in Scotland because he hadn't done very well but that is nonsense.'
Mikey -The reason he went back up to Scotland is because he came out prior to a January transfer window and stated that he hadn't adjusted to England as well as he would of liked, didn't like the week in week out ferocity of the English league and that the Blackburn v Bolton derby match was 'not to his liking and lacking passion'. This all escalated to a move back North after he complained he missed home and that he was getting kicked too much in the EPL. It wasnt that he did particularly badly but he bottled it when we needed him most and went back to his home comforts. He cost us a lot of money and forced a move back to Rangers without any thought for Blackburn Rovers.
In summary - yes he did have a rough time but it was mostly down to Barry himself that the problems arose.
For his arrogant attitude and being scared of a fight when the going got tough he will always be remembered as a coward in East Lancashire.
Date:Thursday September 3 2009
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