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Lucas Neill - How you feel...

Lucas Neill - How you feel...

It seems to be a case of one step forward; two steps back for Blackburn Rovers defender Lucas Neill. He builds bridges then contrives to burn them down...

The Australian International has had something of a reputation in the past but the club and fans have always stuck by him during his "over eager moments", the times when he's been more than a little over the top with challenges and situations he has been involved with and what have you.

Then we had the whole, will he, won't he, should he, shouldn't he move soap opera, making his thoughts clear back in the summer that he wanted to leave, but he won over the fans with his displays and was more than supported in his appointment as club captain. But rather than let it go and get on with his job like the professional Mark Hughes has said he's been during this period he couldn't help but go and spoil things again with his latest rant.

I am in no way suggesting that Neill owes the club because of any of the above mentioned things, but he should have shown the club, the fans and most importantly Hughes more respect than he has be making yet more needless, and frankly unnecessary comments, we all knew the score so why bring it up again?

This is a selection of the comments you, and I, the Vital Blackburn Rovers members have had to say on the matter since it came to light:

"All of a sudden it's kicked off and Neill looks like he is the one determined to go... so goodbye Lucas, so long and thanks for all the fish, he'll be a small one in a big pond. At least Mikey Gray will get his place back." Ex Ewood Resident

"Good riddance to him, if he wants to leave so badly - let him. He is a good player (not great) and will be hard to replace but Hughes needs to move forward and line up a replacement for January and let him go. Emerton is doing well at the moment in his usual role and we still have Gray." Wellsy

"I think Neill should be dropped, I know he's a good player but if he wants to leave then the team may as well start playing without him now!! Get the players that want to play for the club in the team now as I think he'll leave in Jan. I think it`s the wrong way to go to play a player that has publicly said he wants to leave -as good as he is. Its time to get tough with Neill, just to prove that when he leaves he will be replaced like anyone else." Clint

"From comments announced today, Lucas I feel should play no further part. He wants to leave, we all know that but I feel a tail wagging the dog scenario is occurring. He should keep his mouth tight lipped, leave with the dignity he would have deserved for his services. Liverpool next game, should he be Captain??????? Should he play?????? NO to both (what do you think)?" govtpros

"I agree with you govtpros if I was manager I would drop him from the first team and he should play for the reserves for the rest of his rovers career." marshinrover

"Andy Todd had a go after being left out and hasn't played since, Neill is playing yet he's still running his mouth. If Hughes won't drop him he should at least be stripped of the captain`s armband, he doesn't deserve the honour of wearing it. I voted for him being captain in a poll recently, I'd vote against it now! If it is for the best of the team to play him then Hughes should pick him, if we can do without drop him, but PLEASE Sparky give someone the armband who will wear it with pride, who WANTS to be there!" Hughes Da Man

"The problem we have now is that Neill keeps shooting his mouth off. If he could just shut up for ten minutes things would have been okay. However, for Hughes to strip him of the captaincy now we lose a player and it undermines his decision to keep him for the remainder of his contract thus making him look even more stupid for rejecting £2million when we will now get nothing. This means Neill's recent displays could have come at a huge cost to us!!!! Alternatively if he continues to play it doesn't promote a great image of the club and many of the players who are giving it their all may feel a little annoyed when an individual who clearly doesn't want to be here can continue to captain the side. Neill really has given Hughes a huge dilemma. I really don't know what I would do for the best." roversman

Some comments may have been made in the heat of the moment, but most are almost certainly how people feel, or felt or maybe even have felt all along? I would suggest that most fans are not angry, merely disappointed.

A poll suggestion from Vital Blackburn Member govtpros has been suggested to me, under the title:

Most fans knew Lucas Neill was heading out the door in the near future anyway, should he have kept quiet about his desire to leave the club again? What do the fans think Hughesy should do?

This poll, with four interesting options to choose from will be added later today, so keep a look out, I'm sure you will want to vote!

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Date:Monday October 9 2006
Time: 9:13AM


I think the comments about him being dropped and left to rot in the reserves until he moves oin are the best ones and what your manager should do !
09/10/2006 09:19:00
It's a tough one, maybe he should be Hughes has to, and will do what is best for the club ultimately.
Hughes Da Man
09/10/2006 09:23:00
Hughes will have to do something now, he cannot and should not let this one lie, Should he make Neill the Captain against 'pool on Sat, after Neill stating that thats the club he wants to head to and not get in the team, seems stupid to me but then footballers make stupid decisions, maybe have something to do with the increase of money a week when he's signs for Liverpool, to sit on there bench. Best of luck to him!!
09/10/2006 09:51:00
I wouldn't play him against pool...he's a good bloke is Neill but who knows what he might do to try and win a few brownie points? I would now play one of the youngsters in this game...throw them in at the deep end or maybe mceveley who as a decent amount of first-team experience.
09/10/2006 10:23:00
If he captains the side against Liverpool I think Hughes may well even lose a lot of respect he's built up, maybe not from the Rovers fans, but outsiders, potential future signings etc. Even playing him against the team he wants to sign for maybe not be a good idea. There are plenty of talented youngsters, who could play, and would love to play, not forgetting Gray and of course McEveley as you say roversman.
Hughes Da Man
09/10/2006 10:54:00
Let's all just trust in Hughes to manage the situation... There is more to everything than meets the eye... I can't believe that both Hughesy and Williams would have continued to flog the dead horse if Lucas hadn't given the impression that he might have stayed... Remember we don't know what goes on behind closed doors, we don;t know what crap Harrison has been whispering in Lucas' ear and we don't know what Lucas was thinking when he said what he did. Perhaps it was taken out of context perhaps not. Perhaps Lucas is a doofus. It will be interesting to see what Sparky does on his return... but he is remaining th eprofessional and is not issuing any comments to the media he is keeping it in house like a true professional, not like some of the othe rprem manager that donlt know when to stay quiet, the likes of Pearce, Redknapp and Souness spring to mind.
Ex Ewood Resident
09/10/2006 11:25:00
i think that you should get off lucas neill's back. no disrespect to blackburn, i love them, but i think we should be greatful to have lucas neill. he is a fantastic defender and can create opportunities upfront as well. i think we should just be using him as much as we can while he is still here. hughes himself has said that everyone in the sheds looks up to lucas. another reason while people should keep their mouths shut is the fact that he said he was looking to move on and go in a new direction before the transfer window. rovers management wouldnt let him go they are stuck with him. im glad that he is here because he is a great player, and if he happens to move on good luck to him, im sure that rovers could still keep up the great form.
09/10/2006 12:45:00
I understand what you are saying jordz_7 because we all love Lucas at Rovers and desperately want him to stay. However, he indicated his feelings during the summer but Hughes, Williams and the rest of the squad stuck by him and he has repaid Rovers in his typical professional manner with a number of excellent displays. Nevertheless there was no need for hhim to go and shoot his mouth off again about leaving. That is what incenses us. If he decided to leave at the end of his contract then so be it we would all wish him well and good luck for the future, its just he won't shut up. There is no need to keep saying I want to leave it poses a huge dilemma for Hughes to sort.
09/10/2006 12:56:00
Wow Barca have supposedly re-joined the race to sign Neill. I hope for his sake that he goes there as it would be a fantastic opportunity for him. I do though, think that this Neeskens fella loves Neill a little too much.
09/10/2006 13:10:00
It't true, the whole story isn't known but what is coming out isn't helping Neill's course. The Rovers fans feel slightly betrayed jordz_7. We all knew he'd leave but would have hoped he would have with dignity and gracefully moved on, rants like this, and the summers make it hard for this. He will still be backed but he isn't helping himself.
Hughes Da Man
09/10/2006 13:29:00
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