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What a Week We've Had!

In the first of what will now prove a regular section "BomBom that RANT Man" embarks on his first rant reflecting on Lucas Neill, David Dunn and the injuries!

Finally, the end to the Judas Neill saga, Stevie Warnock coming in along with the hometown hero David Dunn. All was rosy in the garden of Ewood UNTIL Saturday, the Manchester City game.

Lucas Neill wanted to join an ambitious club harbouring outlandish aims!!!! So why did he pick West Ham then? Firstly, it purportedly wasn't for the alleged £60,000 a week, no it was because he felt that Liverpool didn't romance him enough and that the Chairman of West Ham, Eggert Magnusson, showed him a list of players that the 'Ammers wanted.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am all for an ambitious club, I firmly believe that Rovers are an ambitious club, punching above its weight, considering the financial and geographical limitations that constrain the club but if you take a look at Jucas Neill's new manager's record in the transfer market at his former club, he was great at getting good prices out of his players (Scott Parker, £10 million to Chelski) and was great at grabbing cast offs and making them play well within his system but actually buying players for big money??? Oooh a tad different, Jason Euell from Wimbledon for £4.5m???? In 2004 he spent almost £9m during the transfer window, which includes signing England "internationals" Francis Jeffers from Arsenal and Danny Murphy from Liverpool, that's approximately £4.5 Million a pop!!!! At least Sparky got Jeffers for free!!

The fact remains that given oodles of cash, Curbs doesn't know what to spend on who! He's like a spotty 16-year-old with his first ever copy of Football Manager and a cheat to give him unlimited funds. Wait till they sign someone like Matthew Upson for £9 million or Ruud Knol (yeah exactly, Who?) for £5 million! Anyway I digress.

Jucas stated that he wants glory in his twilight of his career, fair enough, we all swallowed that pill but by signing for West Ham then telling the press it was down to the fact that Liverpool didn't chase him enough or show enough interest, "they didn't come back in for me until 15 days into the window" was one of his quotes, what is he? A 17-year-old virgin? Get a grip. For all the Smoke, mirrors, daggers and yes, bulls**t he has come up with, it boils down to one motive, money. The proverbial cherry on top however, would be… "Great, I'll sign on Mr. Curbishley, this club is going places, oh and can I have a relegation release clause please!!" Hahaha commitment to the cause, I love it!

For further reading, I found this article rather amusing so click here.

Before Neill decided he wanted part of the revolution at the Boleyn ground, Sparky once again did the natives proud by not only resigning one of our own back to the club in David Dunn but also pinching him from under the noses of those W**ky Wanderers and "Big Sam" having made £3.5 million on the deal, he has spent the best part of three seasons being treated by Brum's medical staff, draining their resources and resting, what for, you may ask? For his glorious and triumphant return to the hallowed turf, that is Blackburn Rovers. Thanks go to Steve Bruce and the medical staff and David Sullivan for the support you have shown David in regaining his fitness in order to return home and star for us, much appreciated!

Now that one is out of the way, we could all look forward to the Man City game and lo, twas a great game for the blues! MGP back to his best, Tugay bossing the midfield for half of the game on those aging legs, it was magnificent, until that alleged Italian striker (not debating his nationality here, just the positional allocation, two goals all season, played nearly every game hahaha) decided to perform a dying swan in the Rovers penalty area, only to land awkward and roll up Andre Ooijer's leg and bugger his ankle.

There was I, thinking, "that's ok, we got cover, there's Emo, plus this Samba bloke, ooh plus Eddie Nolan and Tony Kane in the ressies, we might just be OK" So, disappointing to lose an experienced campaigner, especially with the UEFA revving back up soon and with the Admiral returning soon, it wasn't a disaster. Oh yeah, we stuffed the blue mooners 3-0!

Then to Vicarage Road, the league's worst side (the table rarely lies!) and lo and behold we get turned over, albeit Benni McGoalmachine gets on the score sheet (good for me as him and MGP are in my fantasy team!)

Tuesday however was eerily similar to Saturday, however, there are, I feel, far, far reaching ramifications of losing the "pain in the arse" for the rest of the season. Firstly, the guy who done him, clattered him not two minutes before only to get away with it Scott free! Had it been Sav, he would have been booked for thinking about that type of tackle!!!!! No, this one isn't going to be as easy to replace or cover, I mean, who can we put in? Dunny? Maybe but he was never that keen on defending before, don't see a reason as to why that may have changed, The Axe? Please!

This injury is a total kick in the dogs dangly bits and could screw the rest of the year unless we loosen the purse strings and drag someone quality in on loan (not Lee Hendrie, before ANYONE says it.)

OK, now that's over I will leave you with this thought, derived from Mr. Neill's press conference at West Ham...

"Come the summer, I think people are going to be talking about West Ham United with a completely different terminology."

Yeah, "Championship", "Playoffs", "Promotion" and visiting the Dingles and Colchester spring to mind Lucas!


This article was written and submitted by BomBom.

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Date:Wednesday January 24 2007
Time: 10:54PM


A great read BomBom really enjoyed it. Thanks for submitting it look forward to your next rant! Brum did look after Dunny well didn't they, strange that they insisted on paying us £5.5 million to do so though :)
Hughes Da Man
24/01/2007 22:58:00
Damn, the guy that wrote that is a literary genius!!! haha. Seriously though, glad you liked it, all comments, criticisms and especially fellow rants welcomed, be as harsh or as funny as you like, but be warned, you may jsut end up as a topic in my next rant!
24/01/2007 23:18:00
Nice work Bom Bom... I agree with you on mst things there but the big question is who should they bring in as a short term measure to replace Savage???? How about Mascherano on loan??? Or is that 3 club rule thing still in place???? Which is a load of nonsense anyway as Jon Stead has played for Sunderland, Derby and Sheff United this season...
25/01/2007 09:04:00
Excellent article there BomBom, very enjoyable read and some views that I can easily align myself with. The fact we missed out on Haestad looks even worse now. He would have been an ideal replacement for Sav. I have been talking about Mash for a while now so if we can pull that off that would be awesome. Losing Sav is a massive blow, one that must surely command financial input. According to reported figures on our spending and sales this season we are currently breaking even, so there must be some money there from the original spending budget. Bring in Mascherano!!!!
25/01/2007 09:30:00
He does have similair attributes to Savage so looks an ideal replacement. Someone ring Mark Hughes right now before he signs Lee Hendrie!!!
25/01/2007 09:47:00
Bom Bom - good read... but although Money had a lot to do with it, it is reported that when Lucas was negoiating with Liverpool, Bend the Knees couldn't be bother to drag himself off his rotund backside to even speak to Lucas... that speaks volumes... despite what we all know and that Lucas would have struggled to get a place on the bench let alone even play. Let's leave off giving him grief, yes he wanted to go, he never said owt else, and while he stayed he played his best... respect to the lad... PLUS if you were offered 60K a week wouldn't you go...
Ex Ewood Resident
25/01/2007 09:57:00
Lee Hendrie is not the answer but getting Mascherno would be tough. I did mention yeasterday something about Gattuso at Milan, as he's not playing and maybe moving to Rangers in the summer then maybe we could set up a loan deal until then
25/01/2007 10:00:00
There aren't many that could replace Sav are there! Mascherano would be ideal, truely world class talent. The thought of Gattuso is also appealing, what a waste of talent going back to Rangers though!
Hughes Da Man
25/01/2007 10:29:00
it is but he's older now, but he's the nearest to Savage that may e avialable at this time
25/01/2007 10:33:00
How old is Gattuso? I only thought he was late 20's at that which isn't really old is it?
Hughes Da Man
25/01/2007 10:42:00
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