UK time is: 13:39:45
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The Big Man talks Phil Jones

Rovers manager Big Sam Allardyce is determined to keep hold of teen startlet Phil Jones, saying that the best way to see the fruits of the academy labour is to see the player on the pitch, not as a figure on a bank balance.

Jones signed a new five year deal recently and is now a firm Rovers favourite despite only breaking into the first team in March, such was his immediate impact.

Allardyce has long bared a bug about the lack of results from the Rovers Youth Academy - for years there has been "the next big thing" coming from Brockhall, only to see them fade out to the lower leagues.

Big Sam speaking to Sky Sports said - 'We are determined to hold on to Phil, Blackburn have ploughed a huge amount of money into the academy for no reward recently.

'When you have spent so much time and effort developing a player you want to see the club benefit as much as possible by him playing on the field, not by the finance you are going to get.

'But Phil is a local lad and to see him come through like he has is absolutely magnificent.'

Allardyce clearly feels that Jones has the skills that can see him succeed in the EPL and despite only a handful of games see some real potential in him.

Allardyce continued - 'Centre-half is a high-risk position, the only place with more responsibility is goalkeeper because your mistakes get punished.

'As a manager, I had to decide whether to take that gamble but Phil had already minimised the risk with his performances in matches which were not high priority.

'In this little run, he has taken everything in his stride, whether it was Drogba or Berbatov.

'He has such a calm, collected, cool attitude, which is remarkable for someone so young.

'At this early stage it is difficult to say how good Phil will be but the prospects are very promising indeed.'


Here here. Bottle of champagne? Anyone?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 5 2010

Time: 5:27PM

Your Comments

Good to see that Sam wants to keep hold of the young lads, selling them would be tempting for big money but the real benefit is on the pitch!!!
Mikey Delap
I totally agree Mikey - and hopefully with our crop of young talent we will be pushing up the league over the next season and into the future.
FreidelNo.1
good. looks like a great future under Sam
retroflair31
Great call RETRO...couldnt have put it better myself!!!!
mani13963
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Bowyer: Another Magnificent Effort!! (Tuesday October 28 2014)

Marvellous Marshall (Tuesday October 28 2014)

Rovers Preview: Nottingham Forest (a) (Saturday October 25 2014)

Win The Most Important Thing (Thursday October 23 2014)

Rovers Loan Lenihan To Burton (Thursday October 23 2014)

O'Sullivan And Raya Extend Loans (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Archived Blackburn Rovers Articles

List All Vital Blackburn Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Middlesbrough 14 7 3 4 7 24
6. Norwich 14 6 5 3 10 23
7. Forest 14 5 7 2 7 22
8. Blackburn 14 6 4 4 1 22
9. Charlton 14 5 7 2 1 22
10. Ipswich 14 5 6 3 4 21
11. Cardiff 14 5 4 5 1 19

Breaking League News

Meet the Ref: Ipswich Town
Blackpool : 30/10/2014 13:18:00
Head to Head: Ipswich
Blackpool : 30/10/2014 13:06:00
Blackpool announce Clark
Blackpool : 30/10/2014 12:56:00
Former Manager Appointed By Seasiders
Huddersfield : 30/10/2014 12:19:00
Forest Snap Up Ince Ahead Of Yorkshire Trip
Huddersfield : 30/10/2014 12:16:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Blackburn Rovers Man of the Match v Nottingham Forest?
Suggested By:  Walker
Steele 0%
Baptiste 0%
Hanley 0%
Duffy 0%
Olsson 0%
Tunnicliffe 0%
Williamson 20%
Evans (off 63) 0%
Marshall (off 78) 0%
Cairney 0%
Rhodes (off 88) 20%
Substitute: Gestede (on 63) 20%
Substitute: Conway (on 78) 0%
Substitute: Varney (on 88) 40%