VBer's view - Bring back the pride
The Media is laughing, rival fans are laughing, and we the frustrated Blackburn Rovers supporters are left cringing.
This article is concerned with Blackburn's diminishing reputation and respect in and outside the club.
Blackburn have not always been the most successful club, but we have always been a proud club.
We have seen seen an array of talent come and go from the club, and most find that the grass is not greener on the other side. The players individually may of not been looked at as the most gifted but had a reputation as being a team you would not want to play if you needed a win.
The back room staff and our facilities have never had anything but praise throughout the footballing community.
John Williams was often regarded as the best chairman in the league, for the way he conducted our club so efficiently on limited resources.
The 10 years before the recent takeover have seen relative success on very little money given for transfers by the Walker Trust. We have, through brilliant work from various managers and John Williams gained a reputation of a team capable of challenging for Europe.
The question I am raising in this article is a simple one very few people can answer without speculation, why as soon as we finally have owners 'willing' to spend money are we relegation candidates? My view is simple, if you want to run a club methodically and build success through good business practice, do not change the things that have made us the respectable, well run club that put fear into opponents and attracted some brilliant players.
You build on the success already achieved and give support where it is needed. It frustrates me no end to see sniggering headlines about top 4 finishes and unrealistic signings.
Try to begin to explain our situation to friends when they ask me... 'What has happened to you lot, I thought you had loads of money?'.
We need to get back to basics and get our reputation back, because without that all we can rely on is attracting players through money, and that would require big wallets and a willingness to spend it.