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What's Going On With Rovers?!

Previously this week I've spoken about Venky's move to dispense with Sam Allardyce as Blackburn Rovers' manager being either a masterstroke or a mistake.

At this moment in time I'm not sure I know what they're playing at, however, I'm leaning towards it being a mistake!! A mistake that has no real plan in mind really (which we all understood wasn't the case) and I can only think that too many disagreements were being had behind closed doors with Allardyce over January spending, even if this is being denied.

Many of us were hoping that the Rovers owners had something up their sleeves and their next move was already well in the pipeline. Conflicting stories (and we know how the newspapers like to mix I up) are really confusing. In some instances even those involved in the ownership of Rovers are quoted as saying things, however, they then deny this and that only leads to further confusion and chaos!!

The next manager at Ewood Park that they would like is (or was) understood to be someone that is British, however, strong talk of Diego Maradona was bandied about (partially confirmed and then denied) with Sven Goran Eriksson also mentioned, and ruled out. In all truthfulness I am basically left thinking that there are few British managers (better qualified than Big Sam) that would want to take on Rovers at the moment because there appears to be so much uncertainty about the direction that the club are actually taking.

Steve Kean may well turn out to be an inspired appointment on a temporary basis (and a full time appointment has already been ruled out, however, at the same time not) but why has the former Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry City coach apparently been appointed until the end of the season?! I'll give Kean my full backing for as long as he's in charge but things seem strange at Ewood. Rovers can't rush into an appointment but it's looking more and more as if there hasn't been much real thought put into the decision to sack Big Sam and are Venky's hoping that with Kean in charge he'll merely be keen enough (no pun intended) to accept his lot and not be asking for much, if anything, during the transfer window??

I'm not becoming hysterical or viewing things with too much of a glass half empty approach (or at least trying not to), however, some meaningful structure behind the decision process isn't looking that clear at the moment!! Actually all it seems to have done is cause friction among many areas at Ewood and it's actually unsettled things that weren't even remotely unsettled before this week!! What the knock-on consequences are of this could be something that is regretted??

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Date:Thursday December 16 2010
Time: 9:01AM


Walker - I believe that you have summarised the fears shared by many fans. One can only hope that the picture becomes clearer sooner rather than later. At the moment there appears to be no cause for confidence that this will happen though.
kevin e
16/12/2010 09:39:00
I think it is difficult to judge at this point until we see the medium term plans. But I agree that it looks like a mistake at this point...
Mikey Delap
16/12/2010 09:57:00
Well said Mikey... It's natural for us all to be very warey but we should keep the torches and pitch forks in the shed til January.. If it still looks bleak after Christmas, then is the time to really worry.
16/12/2010 10:21:00
The worst that can happen is that we get relegated and JW leaves in my eyes, so everything more than that my I will be happy at this stage. If it is like Walker said, the the Venkys might have learned something about all this media circus. That is at least my hope, and then after all this mess will listen a bit more to JW's experience and less to all their consultants. Some things people need to learn the hard way, unfortunately we are in the middle of this learning curve....cheers
16/12/2010 11:27:00
its all over the shop really aye!
16/12/2010 13:03:00
i'm not sure if the owner realizes, but fans are really more mad about the way they have handled the situation then the actual sacking of big sam...
16/12/2010 13:39:00
still can't understand the timing, With the january window upon us I appreciate they didnt want to give him cash then sack him, but having a caretaker boss also points that cash wont be provided. If we get a new manager in the next couple of weeks he would need time to access what he already has meaning again money wont be spent. And what about the players seemingly heading for the exit door will they now stay and other candidates perhaps leave?
16/12/2010 13:59:00
All good comments but lets wait and see. I think Sam's trouble was that he had too much to say to the media blowing his own trumpet and didn't always come across as professional. I note that Steve Kean has said nothing to any press, which is a good start. No doubt he will say something after we have beaten West Ham
16/12/2010 14:51:00
Sam was not for Rovers - not long term. He was a self centred arogant bloke..... i am not saying he didnt do a good job in keeping us up - he of course was just what we needed when we needed it. But the football at Ewood was awful to watch and there comes a time when enough is enough. Other teams dont resort to this type of football to stay up, you can defend well and play football the right way and entertain and not get relegated. We have perhaps been misled that the only way to stay up is to boot it up in the air... I am well in the camp of thanks Sam for all you did in keeping us up but its time for Rovers to move on and spend some money, play better style of football, and be mid table at worst at pushing up the league challenging like Fulham last year, and Everton usually are (EFC have less money than Rovers usesd to !!!!) Bring in the Future..... lets hope its blue and white !!
16/12/2010 15:08:00
(ChorleyBlue)...yep, like Ince promised and delivered.
16/12/2010 15:18:00
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