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An Open Apology To Sam Allardyce....

Scroll back 18 months. Paul Ince Sacked, Rovers looking at relegation, languishing in the basement of the English Premier League. Sam Allardyce appointed manager, steps in, does the job, keeps Blackburn up.

The offseason comes around, a few players go, a few players come in, big money splashed on an unknown striker, season starts of slow. Come Christmas, Blackburn are languishing just above the drop zone, with difficult fixtures ahead. Many heads, including myself, not happy. A disgraceful style of football, where if the ball bounced more then three times it was worth cheering, strikers who could not score in a brothel, and a disgruntled bunch of players.

Scroll forward to now, mid table, challenging some of the bigger names, Fortress Ewood is back and firing, with only 3 losses out of 28 home league games. If we had not have slipped up in a few games, i.e, draw v Portsmouth, draw v Wigan, loss to Sunderland, the top 8 could be in reach. My pre season prediction was 10-12th, and we look spot on for hitting that mark. However, 4 months ago, we didnt, and thats when we asked for Sam's head. The push for his head became worse, when Benedict McCarthy was forced out of the club. Regardless of his ability, view's on the man himself were split, with the saga eventually ending with a move for the South African. What did cause more frustration, was no striker brought in. And with the likes of Roberts, Di Santo and Kalinic leading our front line, it was worrying times for Blackburn.

But, credit to Sam. He noticed that our frontline is not our strength, resorting to the 4-5-1 formation. He backed the likes of Olsson, Hoillet, Dunn, Gamst Pedersen and Diouf to pull a few goals in. 1-0 was enough. 2-1 also works. What Sam did do, was tighten the defence. Salgado finally stepped up, Givet regained the form of last season, Samba, Nelsen and Jones dominated in the middle, whilst Nzonzi cleaned up anything in his path.

Whether this was Sam's game plan all along, who knows. Boy did it frustrate us though, and Im sure it will continue to frustrate us when we play this formation against the smaller clubs. However, until we find that 15 goal striker, or Kalinic develops into that, 4-5-1/4-3-3 it is....

Now lets get something straight. This is an open apology. In no way is it, Sam Allardyce, your my favourite manager. I did say I would shut up about the axe Sam Campaign, as long as he pulled us away from the drop zone, with a few weeks in hand. Sam has done that, and I will eat a slice of humble pie.

With more then a game between us and teams below us, how about we throw some caution to the wind. We face Arsenal, who realistically have nothing to play for, Aston Villa, who are almost out of Champions League contention, Everton, fighting for a Europa spot and Wolverhampton who are almost safe. Lets hit Wolves and Arsenal. Send out Roberts and Kalinic. Allow Nzonzi/Grella to shut down the midfield. Lets attack. Our only option is to attack, if we want to jump into the top 10, we need to string a few more wins, so heck, lets back ourselves and finish off strong. Whats the worst that can happen? Arsenal have put 6 past us 3 or 4 times in the last 3 seasons.....lets at least make a game of it!

Finish the season strong, pick up a nice striker in the off season, and lets push onwards!




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The Journalist

Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 16 2010

Time: 4:44AM

Your Comments

fair call lads?
sasman
fair call... we seem to play less long ball now and win more though... so really... this football is a bit more of what we called for long ago :) fail play to sam for turning it round..
rover23
Nicely said Sas, god you being humble?! You hungover lol!? Seriosuly though... good to see a bit of praise!!!
Mikey Delap
If he ever got the Spurs job id quit being a Spurs fan
HuddersfieldYiddo
No instead you have Redknapp who is hardly a glowing character is he?! lol
Mikey Delap
The job Sam has done is nothing short of miraculous and he deserves unqualified praise in my opinion. In football managment terms it is still early days and the progress is there for all to see. Rovers under Sam are still a work-in-progress and there are more exciting times ahead.
kevin e
Humble pie tasty Sas??
Rover_since74
Lets put this into perspective - Sam has come in and stabilised the club, avoided relegation and now is pushing up the league hoping to finish in the top 10. The players seem happy and motivated and want to play. This is all good stuff obviously. And I for one am pleased, even though I didn't want Sam as our manager in the first place - so I agree that Sam has done the job that he was brought in for. However, our club has had to go backwards to go forwards again. Under Hughes we were flying and finishing in the top 6 and getting into Europe, with respectful cup runs were all expected. It seems to me as we are getting back to those standards - I think next season will be the one where we can see the fruits of Sam's labour: we defend much better than we did, our midfield is getting used to the new system, Kalanic will be better next season too. Sam needs to change our draws into wins now to get us off to a good start next season and challenge for a top 6 spot - then we can say that our club is back to where it should be.
FreidelNo.1
...fair play to you though Sas for admitting you were wrong!
FreidelNo.1
one thing he hasnt done correctly mind.. is getting our strikers scoring!
rover23
For the money he's been given it's been a successful season. If we can invest wisely in the summer and get that 15-20 goal marksman there's no reason why we can't push on and mix it up with the top 4 wannabes like spurs, man city and villa.
ITSALLROVER
A little optomistic ther ITSALLROVER....i havent posted for a while but i saw this article n could not help myself!!! SAS you are a good man for cutting off a huge slice of humble pie....I told you all how good Sam was for our club and the fact that there was no other manager who can take a club from the bottom of the league to 10th, 11th, 12th and re-coup more money than he has spent!!! It aint pretty at times but it is getting better. He is the ONLY manager for us and given time and a little spending power he will probably get us a european spot....i had faith from day one sam!!!....on a seperate note, Morten please dont sign a new contract...the dross you have been serving up for three years is unbearable and i cant stand the thought of you getting a pay increase to serve up some more!!!
mani13963
 

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