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JW gives big rallying call

Blackburn chairman John Williams has called for the fans and the players to get behind the club and put a very troublesome week behind them.

The sacking of Big Sam Allardyce certainly came as a massive shock to many and the temporary appointment of Steve Kean has left an indifferent taste in the mouth of many connected with the club.

But Williams has called for everyone to put the week behind them and back the team as a crucial match against bogey side West Ham looms large.

Speaking to Rovers official website, John said - "It has been a very difficult few days for everyone involved with the club.

"The departure of Sam and Neil was unexpected and I would like to add my thanks to them both for their efforts over two years. It is widely accepted that they did a very good job for us.

"However, the decision has been taken and we must move on. I would like to appeal to all Rovers stakeholders to fully get behind Steve, an out-and-out football man and a true professional, on Saturday.

'We are not in crisis - in fact, we are well placed in the table. But we know only too well how tight the Premier League is this year and we are about to embark on a spell of six major first team fixtures in under three weeks.

'We do not want negativity around the place. That could work to our disadvantage by playing into the hands of our up-coming opponents.

'We need solidarity in every area. Football is a precarious business, fuelled by opinion, but I repeat that this is a time for everyone with a love for Blackburn Rovers to really show their support.

'This is not about individuals either. It is about the club - first, second and third.'

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 16 2010

Time: 10:24AM

Your Comments

Good to see Williams doing his bit and it does show his commitment as well which is encouraging. This echoes our very own Rover23's article the other day! Maybe he was reading mate?!
Mikey Delap
Damn right he was reading! haha
rover23
it's great to hear him come out to calm things down a little bit...hope he really wouldn't get fired behind his back or walk out.
DommyWalker
There is simply not a better football chairman........ end of !!
ChorleyBlue
brilliant words as always, but will he be here next season?
retroflair31
Reading between the lines for JW to come out and have to say this points to the fact that things are not well at all at Ewood. JW Realises what a big mistake has just happened as he quite rightfully states it has come as a shock, He also knows the backlash this decision has brought and rightfully so he is affraid of it genertating onto the pitch, but i still feel the damage is done and I can't and won't show my support to the new owners for what they have just done. Blue and white forever and come saturday I like many will show their disapporoval to the new owners, We want to make the headlines for the right reasons, not be made a mockery off
glen9mullan
It does show that his heart is still in it though hey???
Mikey Delap
I would have appreciated it if he had to tried to clear up some of the uncertainty surrounding the hunt for a new manager and sorted out the contradictory messages coming from India. I am afraid, however, he has as little an idea as us about the intentions of Venkys!
Uncle Jack's Nephew
He loves the club Mikey and has worked hard for a number of years to keep us competitive so obviously his allegiance to us is stronger than his allegiance to Sam. However, as a lover of Rovers I don't know how long he feels he can stand by as Venkys ignore him and make awful hasty decisions.
Durks
Its a sad day when the Chairman's statement says that a decision was a surprise to him. I only hope the new owners give JW the respect he deserves, he is 1 of the main reasons we are still a Premier League club after all these years.... Listen to JW
ChorleyBlue
 

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