Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Hignett joins the advice club

Hignett joins the advice club

Craig Hignett has joined Garry Flitcroft in the 'giving an opinion on modern day Rovers' department and has advised Venky's to value the merit of building from the ground up.

There has been mass debate over the last few months over the pros and cons of signing a 'big name' and signing potential and Hignett believes the way forward should be in signing players who to progress.

Craig even uses the bizarre case of Fabrizio Ravanelli to support his argument.

Hignett spoke in the Lancashire Telegraph and said - "It does not necessarily work. Your team improves in that you get better players but it doesn`t mean you work as a team. We certainly didn`t at Middlesbrough and Ravanelli in particular caused a lot of friction.

"He just didn`t gel with the rest of us. Ravanelli did not mix with the English culture and didn`t seem interested in doing so. He made it known he wasn`t impressed with the facilities and didn`t understand why we didn`t train twice a day.

"Rav had come from Juventus, the European champions, and he couldn`t come to terms with the nature of the Premier League. When he played for us in one off cup games you saw how good he was but he couldn`t be bothered doing that every week.

"What the likes of him, Juninho and Emerson did do for the club was raise the profile. The fans loved it because we were being talked about all the time.

"It wasn`t all a disaster because we got to two cup finals but we also got relegated. We could beat anyone on our day but we had to depend on Ravanelli being up for it.

"When we played away from home in the league, there were times when he was just not at the races."

Hignett even expressed his shock at the sight of Rovers trying to sign Ronaldinho back in the last transfer window and feared the worst at that point.

But Hignett has backed the idea of buying potential, climbing the league and then having a bash at trying for the big names.

Hignett spoke in the Lancashire Telegraph - "When it all kicked off about Ronaldinho, it just appeared to me like it was someone who was very naive was in charge of a football club for the first time'

"They thought they could buy anyone because they had money. The facts are though now the best players go to the best clubs. They will find it is now almost impossible to attract world stars if you are not playing in Europe.

"They might be able to get a name who is coming to the end of his career if they are willing to pay enough in wages, I guess like the Ronaldinho situation. That would have been a disaster in my mind though.

"Back in Middlesbrough`s day we got Ravanelli because we made him the highest paid player in the Premier League on about £40,000 a week and paid a £7million transfer fee.

"That wouldn`t even buy Andy Carroll`s right foot now. In today`s game you would be looking at £50m plus for someone like him and about £200,000 a week in wages.

"I believe they are better off doing what they ended up doing in January.

'Sign young players with potential and build from there.

'Maybe then they could get to the stage one day when they could attract the big names."

Join The Vital Debate

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Tuesday February 22 2011
Time: 9:14AM

Comments

0
Some really good points that Craig makes here and I can't help but agree with him.
Mikey Delap
22/02/2011 09:17:00
0
These 2 would do a better job than that tw*t Jermome Anderson..
rover23
22/02/2011 12:12:00
0
Gotta agree with Craig on this one too Mikey.
mutts nutts
22/02/2011 12:25:00
0
I agree we all what Craig has said and hopefully we will not fall into the same trap Boro did all those years ago
glen9mullan
22/02/2011 16:34:00
0
While this is an interesting comparison - and Higgies view is a good one - I think that the problem at 'boro was their manager. Robson wasn't the best, or most experienced (he did get them to two cup finals but also got them relegated) If you are going to buy in some superstar players you need a manager who can lead them. Can Kean do this for us? I'm not sure he can...
FreidelNo.1
23/02/2011 19:03:00
0
Hignett makes plenty of good points but will this advice be followed by Venkys?? I don't think so!!
Walker
24/02/2011 08:40:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Kilgallon Talks Lambert Exit Disappointment

Ahead of the Rotherham win it was revealed Lambert was leaving the club with Kilgallon saying how 'gutted' he and the rest of the Blackburn squad were at this news.

Former Bradford And Wigan Boss Linked

Jewell's been out of work since a week-long stint with West Brom, before this the former Bradford and Wigan boss was last the outright boss at Ipswich, who sacked him in 2012.

Lambert Says Blackburn Need Help

Continued uncertainty surrounding the club and our financial future saw Lambert decide to activate a 'release clause' allowing him to walk away from Blackburn at the end of the season.

Ben Nevis Vital Challenge For The Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile
Mikey Delap
no email
Profile
Sasman!
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Rotherham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele14%
Lowe0%
Duffy0%
Hanley12%
Kilgallon0%
Marshall0%
Lenihan62%
Jordi Gomez0%
Grimes0%
Bennett0%
Graham12%
Sub - Jackson0%
Sub - Evans0%
Sub - Conway0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 45 25 15 5 90 34
2 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
3 Brighton 45 24 16 5 88 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 45 21 15 9 78 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 45 13 18 14 57 -1
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship