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A small manager update from Shebby

After discussing a few supporter concerns with Shebby, he decided the fans were due an update on the current managerial situation.

It is over 3 weeks since Steve Kean resigned as manager, and a replacement is yet to be appointed. Did you anticipate it taking this long, and if not, what is the hold up?

It has been a little difficult to not want to rush things as obviously a new Managerial appointment has to be dealt with. However, there has been the need for contemplation as to the direction the club should take. It is important to first determine the path and hence there has been time taken to ensure we have a concept in place.

The game has evolved so much in modern times and most Managers/ Coaches ( as they are known on the continent ) will tell you, it is not all about running up and down sand dunes and then kicking lumps out of each other on the weekend.

The heart and head has to be in sync with a sound body. Then it is tactics and strategy.

I guess it has been a case of picking ourselves up and we are now dusting ourselves down before we start running.

A lot of fans are angry at the calibre of manager which we have been reported to be approaching. What is your reaction to the fans' opinions?

The fans have been extremely useful to gauge the sentiments of the different scenarios we are contemplating. The reaction towards a young, dynamic and upcoming manager has been soundly rounded upon.

The scenario of having someone who has bitter sweet memories too has received flak. While the scenario of a wise old head which has received less venom somehow complicates things as the wise old heads are all taken or there are too few of them.

(I'm not sure all the fans would agree there given who they would like!)

The majority of fans would like to see a more experienced appointment. Is this something you will consider?


As I mentioned the three different scenarios above, then again you have to define experience. Is it simply age, or experience of failure or experience of success.

Many fans would describe this decision as the owners' last chance at the club. Does this add pressure appoint the right man?

There is pressure no doubt in any club making the right appointment. How do you determine the right appointment? Obviously, at the end of a season the manager is judged. And if the club has failed to achieve its targets then the manager is adjudged to have failed. However, there is now a situation in the psyche of the modern fan to pre judge. This in essence has been the reason behind us treading with caution and taking time to make an announcement.

Thanks to Shebby for taking time out to speak to Vital Blackburn.

I think I speak for the majority of the fan base when I say we all sit and wait in hope that the right, popular appointment is made, to help reunite a divided fan base and get our season back on track.

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Writer: Joe Ainscough Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 22 2012

Time: 10:31PM

Your Comments

As a progress report, that does not impress me at all. In fact, from any perspective I am not impressed with this flannel. BKW (before Keane went) I was sitting on the fence about Shebby Singh. He is reported as being the reason we got Jordan Rhodes . Now, if reports about him wanting to appoint another assistant as manager are correct, when everyone agreed we need experience. From the above he seems to be making a 'pigs ear' out of this by not seeming to take any notice of either his co-directors or fans. It's time for him to go back to Asia, perhaps he can be Venkys Global promoter of the brand of Blackburn Rovers throughout Asia and the Far East.
r.waterfall
As a progress report, that does not impress me at all. In fact, from any perspective I am not impressed with this flannel. BKW (before Keane went) I was sitting on the fence about Shebby Singh. He is reported as being the reason we got Jordan Rhodes . Now, if reports about him wanting to appoint another assistant as manager are correct, when everyone agreed we need experience. From the above he seems to be making a 'pigs ear' out of this by not seeming to take any notice of either his co-directors or fans. It's time for him to go back to Asia, perhaps he can be Venkys Global promoter of the brand of Blackburn Rovers throughout Asia and the Far East.
r.waterfall
Agreed. Very poor analysis of what is needed
dallydally
Agreed. Very poor analysis of what is needed
dallydally
Seems there is a fair dispute in the boardroom over what to do - I suppose he can only say so much can Shebby but this is a bit confusing.
Mikey Delap
Seems there is a fair dispute in the boardroom over what to do - I suppose he can only say so much can Shebby but this is a bit confusing.
Mikey Delap
I almost feel sorry for the guy - almost. Sounds like a lot of the delay is about trying to come up with a strategy and please the fans. I am sorry to say they will be chasing their tails forever trying to please the fans. I feel like I've read a thousand posts in the last few weeks and there isnt any hope of pleasing everyone. So forget it. I get that most people dont like the idea of a young up and comer with interesting ideas and "potential" - whatever that is. And the reason most fans get the chills with that is that it feels like it will be a repeat - but of course it wont be - even though it could result in a horrible failure. The safe bet htat appeals to most of us is "experience" - but after that the field splits. From Holloway to Redknapp and all names in between you can read some very interesting opinions on why they will be great or crap. Free opinions are usually worth exactly what you just paid for them. The club needs a clear strategy for choosing a manager and let that be their guide for picking someone. That way they will hopefully all internally support the final choice - that part is really important. Right now we need a club where the executive (in the UK) are pulling together. Whatever their choice the fans will get behind it - until it all goes pear shaped - just like any other club. There isnt a manager out there that can guarantee us success - but too much dithering appears weak and could lead to disharmony. Best to just get on and choose.
petfel
I almost feel sorry for the guy - almost. Sounds like a lot of the delay is about trying to come up with a strategy and please the fans. I am sorry to say they will be chasing their tails forever trying to please the fans. I feel like I've read a thousand posts in the last few weeks and there isnt any hope of pleasing everyone. So forget it. I get that most people dont like the idea of a young up and comer with interesting ideas and "potential" - whatever that is. And the reason most fans get the chills with that is that it feels like it will be a repeat - but of course it wont be - even though it could result in a horrible failure. The safe bet htat appeals to most of us is "experience" - but after that the field splits. From Holloway to Redknapp and all names in between you can read some very interesting opinions on why they will be great or crap. Free opinions are usually worth exactly what you just paid for them. The club needs a clear strategy for choosing a manager and let that be their guide for picking someone. That way they will hopefully all internally support the final choice - that part is really important. Right now we need a club where the executive (in the UK) are pulling together. Whatever their choice the fans will get behind it - until it all goes pear shaped - just like any other club. There isnt a manager out there that can guarantee us success - but too much dithering appears weak and could lead to disharmony. Best to just get on and choose.
petfel
By design or accident doesn't really answer any questions. Sigh.
theirishrover
By design or accident doesn't really answer any questions. Sigh.
theirishrover
Its bloody ridiculous that after 3 weeks they still haven't decided on what type of Manager they want, yet all reports show them poaching unproven coaches in the mold of Kean.. at this point I just don't care anymore... I want a MANAGER not a coach.
The_Irish_Rover
Its bloody ridiculous that after 3 weeks they still haven't decided on what type of Manager they want, yet all reports show them poaching unproven coaches in the mold of Kean.. at this point I just don't care anymore... I want a MANAGER not a coach.
The_Irish_Rover
 

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