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Blackburn Rovers- The Current State

For once, Sas has had very little to say. Ever since the initial take over by the Venkys Group, Sas has remained quiet. Many a rant has been said, and I have made my views on Sam Allardyce clear in the past, but its time to look at what we have, where we are going, and who is leading us where.

Before I continue, only continue reading if you dare to take an open minded approach. Put the past week in the back of your mind, and just read. This is not a Pro Venkys article, yet its not an Anti Venkys article as well. Just read on....

First of all, its important to discuss what has happened. Sam Allardyce. The man saved us from almost certain relegation, brought stability to the club, and appeared to be making great progress with the minimal funds he had. Sam was the man. However, in his 2 year tenure, Sam appeared to fall out with many. Matt Derbyshire, Benni McCarthy, Jason Roberts, Lars Jacobsen and Pascal Chimbonda are some names who have aired their dirty laundry. But for every one of those, there was the Chris Samba, El Hadji Diouf and Ryan Nelsens, who swore by the methods of Sam. What can we take from all this. Personally, I believe watever happened in the backroom, stayed in the backroom with our lads. On the pitch, they fought for one another, inspired by the leaders in Samba and Nelsen. So what has changed?

The figures who held the stability in the past, appear to be uncertain. Chris Samba, Ryan Nelsen, and even the man who was at the very top of the food chain, Mr Williams, have doubt in their mind. However, their can be some optimism in this. The doubt is not about whether the next pay cheque is their last. The doubt is whether the club they love so much, has a positive future.

This brings us to the, where we are now stage.

At the moment, we are at the cross roads. How many paths one can take, well, realistically, who knows? We have a new manager at the helm, who somehow has managed to convince owners he is the man to lead the club onwards. With that, brings us Mr Kean. Whilst a relative unknown, Kean has been backed in the field by many that know him, even once afforded the assistants role by Mr Scolari at Chelsea. What does Kean bring to the ball park, that realistically has no answer. What we do know though, is whilst Mr Kean is the manager, there appears to be people behind the scenes, people who appear to be ambitious, but whether this ambition is realistic. Venkys.

After speaking to several Indian Sources of mine, Venkys appear to be a superbly run organisation, attempting to maximise profits throughout their enterprise. The organisation has grown year after year, hence providing the funds to purchase Blackburn Rovers Football club. To my personal surprise, the other contenders who attempted to purchase Blackburn, Mr Al Syed and Mr Shah, are unknowns in their homeland. Their unknowns in their towns, whilst Venkys is seen to be a massive organisation, with a public figure. But what does such an organisation have to do with Blackburn Rovers.

This brings us back to the first point, Venkys attempt to maximise profits throughout their enterprise through a well structured business model. To them, it appears Blackburn Rovers is a part of this model, allowing them to expand. Had anybody in England heard of Venkys prior to this? Heck, Venkys is the word on my mouth, and I am in Sydney. So far, Venkys has brought massive exposure to their organisation, simply buy purchasing Blackburn Rovers Football Club. But how can Venkys, an organisation whose owners are self confessed Cricket fans, take Blackburn Rovers to brighter pastures?

Kentaro/SEM. Think about it. A leading sports agency, managing and abundance of talent. Mr Jerome Andersen brought the likes of Elano to Manchester City. And whilst their was a Roland Bianchi for every Elano, if Blackburn Rovers could get 2 or 3 players of this talent, surely it could be beneficial for the club? Or, would Kentaro/SEM have total control in the transfers? With one of their own at the helm in Mr Kean, where does this leave the likes of Chris Samba, Ryan Nelsen, Brett Emerton and Michel Salgado. The players who bleed blue and white, but arent managed by this agency. Will they be forced out?

There are many questions which can be asked, many many questions. And the problem is, these questions have no immediate answer. At the current time, it looks like Blackburn are on the path to nowhere. However, Blackburn do have 3 things working in their favour.

1) The English Premier League. We are a Premier League Club, and we are still in the Premier League. This can be seen as Venky's major asset and call card. For Venkys to make any profit, Blackburn need to be a Premier League Club. For Blackburn to remain a Premier League Club, the likes of Ryan Nelsen, Chris Samba and co must remain at the helm. For Blackburn to improve and climb the ladder, funds must be provided. Realistically, who cares if these players are managed by Kentaro. If Kris Boyd comes in and bangs the goals, if Geovanni comes in and knocks the ball around half as good as Tugay did, if anybody came in and put the Blue and White halves on and fought as hard as Ryan Nelsen does, or ran as long as Brett Emerton does, then they are playing for my team in the fashion we want them to.

2) Our Squad. We have a good, young squad. The players we have realistically are good enough to maintain a 10th to 12th spot. Yes the owners want 5th, well the owners need to be realistic. 10th to 12th is the aim, once they realise the manager needs 20 mill pounds, then we talk 5th to 7th.

3) Mr Williams- One of the smartest, informed and intelligent men in the game today. Mr Williams is the X Factor. Apparently, he spent 4 hours on the phone trying to convince the owners to change their decision on Sam Allardyce. Mr Williams knows whats best for the club. And need I say it, Venkys need to acknowledge that Mr Williams knows how to run Blackburn Rovers. If the day comes where Venkys think otherwise, thats when we can start worrying. But for know, Mr Williams is there.

Confused? Heck, I am. But what can we do about it? Not much. What should we do? Well you tell me...

What we do know though is the following.

- Mr Kean is at the helm, apparently until the end of the season
- Funds will be provided, how much, who knows?
- Kentaro will play a role, what we do want is 2 Elanos to the 1 Bianchi
- There is a split in the squad, even Tony Parkes said some of the players will be happy with the situation, whilst some are outright frustrated

Personally, I believe we hold our judgement come February. January will be the month where we see the direction we will head into. Dont forget, last window our big signings where MB Diouf on loan, and Benjani on a free. How much more we gain in this window will decided exactly how much love Venkys will gain. Or will it be how much we lose this window that sways yours truly?

Questions.....too many questions....

Time Will Tell

Arte Et Labore
BRFC




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Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 23 2010

Time: 11:48AM

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Sorry Sas but Kentaro and any other agents have their own reputation and own wallet in mind when they make any decisions on players. Blackburn Rovers will always come second, Kentaro OUT ASAP. Venkys do not trust JW judgement.. that is obvious.. otherwise they would have kept big sam until the end of the season at least. They know nothing about football. They sack a proven manager before the most vital time in any season, especially this one, as it is so close. JW will walk sooner or later leaving us with a company who know nothing about football being guided by money rich agents who have their own bank accounts in pole position in their heads.... Bad times for Rovers.. VENKYS OUT
rover23
Definitely don't agree. The chicken farmers simply don't know what they are doing. The sacking of Sam, appointment of rookie Kean, 5M transfer fund expecting a top 5 finish says it all. Our club has fallen into the wrong hands. Relegation has now become a real possibility after Sam's sacking. My only hope now is to hang on to our prem status this season.
metalrover
And VENKYS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
metalrover
Nice article Sas but the truth is, Venkeys are being ill advised by individuals out for personal gain. If i was to buy a Hockey team I would seek advise from someone who knew something about hockey to help me understand who are good players and who are not. I would rely on the internet to learn about players who I had not even seen play. This is pretty much the situation at Rovers. Venleys have bought Rovers in good faith, however they have got into bed with the Devil and its pretty much the Tail wagging the dog instead of the other way around. Folk in business can be ruthless and if they throw 20,30 million at Rovers and it blows up in their face then they are going to want blood, mainly anyone who has anything to to do with Kentaro. Kentaro just see it as a way to charge Rovewrs for their services whilst servicing their portfolio of clients by getting them moves to Rovers if no-one else wants em
glen9mullan
Nice article Sas but the truth is, Venkeys are being ill advised by individuals out for personal gain. If i was to buy a Hockey team I would seek advise from someone who knew something about hockey to help me understand who are good players and who are not. I would rely on the internet to learn about players who I had not even seen play. This is pretty much the situation at Rovers. Venleys have bought Rovers in good faith, however they have got into bed with the Devil and its pretty much the Tail wagging the dog instead of the other way around. Folk in business can be ruthless and if they throw 20,30 million at Rovers and it blows up in their face then they are going to want blood, mainly anyone who has anything to to do with Kentaro. Kentaro just see it as a way to charge Rovewrs for their services whilst servicing their portfolio of clients by getting them moves to Rovers if no-one else wants em
glen9mullan
Nice article Sas but the truth is, Venkeys are being ill advised by individuals out for personal gain. If i was to buy a Hockey team I would seek advise from someone who knew something about hockey to help me understand who are good players and who are not. I would rely on the internet to learn about players who I had not even seen play. This is pretty much the situation at Rovers. Venleys have bought Rovers in good faith, however they have got into bed with the Devil and its pretty much the Tail wagging the dog instead of the other way around. Folk in business can be ruthless and if they throw 20,30 million at Rovers and it blows up in their face then they are going to want blood, mainly anyone who has anything to to do with Kentaro. Kentaro just see it as a way to charge Rovewrs for their services whilst servicing their portfolio of clients by getting them moves to Rovers if no-one else wants em
glen9mullan
Agree with SAS, I want to look at this in the possitive way :-) Cheers
riisenholt
Nice article SAS but i have to agree with everyone else and say Venkys have put their trust in agents and we all know agents are scum of the earth who would sell their own mothers to make a profit, they don't care about rovers and neither do the Venkys, if they did then they would accept the advice and put their trust in the one man who has done a fantastic job at Ewood and who would continue to do so now and well into the future and it will only get worse if Williams decides to jump ship!
mutts nutts
oh VENKYS OUT!!!!!!!!
mutts nutts
Cracking post that Sas, balanced & well thought out.
Stubbs
well said mate. i will be positive until disaster strikes. lets hope we are entering a strong new era
retroflair31
I think what's done is now we have to draw a line under it and move on. Yes Sam shouldn't have been sacked, Hughton shouldn't have been either but this is the crazy world of football these days. I'm not happy with the current state of affairs but I think it's time the 'VENKY's' put their money where their mouth is if they really want the best for Rovers. If Kean is good enough we'll soon see in the next few weeks. If he isn't we've already seen they don't mind dishing out P45's even at Christmas!
ITSALLROVER
i think the only way of showing how much we want these uselss owners out is by protesting at matches and stuff otherwise our message will get nowhere
Marcus:)
Every supporter has the right to vote with his feet.A dramatic loss of revenue from gate receipts is something the Venkys would understand and make them take notice!
AndrewDuncan
Andrew dont be a tool.. back your team..
rover23
Lol there's nothing to disagree to though, as I said to read this you need to w open minded it's just a state of affairs through unbiased eyes
Sasman
Really good article mate! Hopefully Venkys will learn from their mistakes and the backlash they have recieved in the press and from the fans and do the right thing by all involved in the club. Stop listening to their agents and start listening to JW!! Though it is very very hard to be optimistic with the decisions they have already made. But you a right we have to wait another 5 weeks to see what direction they are going! And It's going to be a looooooong 5weeks!! Who knows they might surprise us all!!
oziroversfan
im gonna laugh when we sign kaka in jan. xd in all seriousness though, give the new owners time. it would be silly to judge them right now.
LHrover
either you believe in the chicken farmers or you don't, simple as that. Time will tell whether they are bringing the club forward or ruining it. And i certainly don't.
metalrover
I actually agree with the mad man here. THis has been well thought out and free of a lot of the reactionary and exagerrated hyperbole that a lot have been coming out with. Well done sir.
Mikey Delap
ha ha ha chaos at rovers thats what we like to see over here in dingletown hee hee..
brian laws
you should change the V to a W and the E to an A.. that would be a great new name for your chicken feeding owners
brian laws
Wow I wish I had humour like a 12 year old too, how is the football genius doing by the way?
Mikey Delap
Guess you need a strange sense of humour when your 12th in the 'championship' ahahahahaha
oziroversfan
I am hoping laws gets sacked after we get beaten later today
brian laws
Which league are you in? Enough said.
rover23
actually thats not enough said.. 32 years?
rover23
At least we are not owned by chicken farmers and bad ones at that ha ha your club is the laughing stock of the world hee hee.. and all your children now have to be delivered in Burnley General Hospital it just can't get any better!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merry Christmas
brian laws
very nice article sas..... like the way you have looked at what was and then what is.... and well what could be, maybe we need a Rovers christmas carol story to be made, ghosts of Rovers past present and future should visit the venky's just to make sure they bring in the big turkeys! Rover23... dont jump the gun on Venky's out, give them a chance!!!! bloomin' 'eck... pretty sure people were shouting for Sir Alex' neck when he was doing drastic thing... im an optimist, and you have to ride the bad times to get to the good times.... if this whole poultry project fail's i will come back to you and say im sorry for not realising you were related to mystic meg? haha Come on Rovers!!! The futures bright, the future is blue and white! :)
Blue n Whitey
League One awaits the dingles... Merry Christmas!
metalrover
The best news for you at the moment has to be that, when you look at the league table, you would have to do terribly badly to go down. Personally, I prefer to have as many NW teams as possible in the Prem (except Man U of course) so I hope you're OK. At least Big Sam has gone which is what most of you seemed to want. Did your new owners not consider Gary Megson?
Bristol White
 

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