We had the doom and the gloom but now...
As a life supporter of the Rovers, I moved away several years ago to pastures new in sunny Cambridgeshire.
I did however make the point of driving the long arduous journey up the A1 and M62 everytime we had a home game to watch miserable performances that left me gobsmacked.
I should at this point state I was brought up with Rovers, was at school with James Beattie, met the likes of Colin Hendry, Mark Atkins and Stuart Ripley which meant I spent a lot of my time idolising the guvnor of Blackburn Mr Jack Walker.
Prior to moving 'down south' I spent several years working at Ewood and understand the way our glorious club was and still is run on a day to day basis.
Reading through many blogs I must say it suprises me how so many so called die hard fans feel its right to criticise the current owners and management staff of BRFC Plc.
On this basis lets look at the owners, fair enough we have been linked with high profile players such as Ronaldinho and Beckham that the world and media have laughed about! The real question however should be why would we want these, overpaid and no future, and most would agree at the end of their career.
Is it just me or is this the exact opposite of the Venky's way of working?
The Venkys Group are business people, good ones at that. With rising share prices, a growing global business and now the proud owners of one of the founder clubs of the football league, I for one am sure they have a serious business plan that is well structured and is fully capable of being delivered.
The recent January signings are now showing their worth, holding the likes of Formica back for a few months will prove its worth in gold. Which leads me on to... The Manager: Steve Kean.
Since his time in charge, he has seen the loss of The Messiah Mr Williams, along with (in my opinion) the over-rated Mr Allardyce.
Single handed Steve Kean has dragged us kicking and screaming through last season, for a manager with his experience, to me means a lot. The way in which we now approach games, the attacking football we play, and the team spirit we seem to have shows me that with a few more prize signings, the Rovers will soon once again be the team we were only a few years ago.
Fair enough we have lost Jones, a youngster who played only a handful of Premier League games, for £16.5M. Good business by any standards.
In the era of Hughes and Allardyce, its worth noting we were known as a team whereby aggression ruled the game play, at least under Kean we are now showing we can move the ball around and entertain the eye. With Petrovic due to sign imminently, and no doubt a few more shock signings waiting in the wings.
I think its about time the real fans get behind the team, and management, and hold out for what is going to be an interesting year for the Barmy Army.
From the sunny pastures of Cambridgeshire, and from a die hard Rover, peace out, Rovers till I die!!!