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Microsoft Co-Founder Rules Out Bid

Thoughts that Paul Allen (not the former Tottenham Hotspur footballer but the Microsoft co-founder) could be behind a bid to takeover Blackburn Rovers have been denied.

News of a possible takeover at Rovers first surfaced some months ago, but earlier this week this came back with a vengeance, with the official Blackburn Rovers website also confirming talks were ongoing.

It is understood that an American Consortium are behind a proposed takeover, but a spokesman on Allen's behalf has denied him being the man leading this bid. Michael Nank (Allen's spokesman) has ruled out a move for Rovers, he said:

"Mr Allen is not interested nor involved in any kind of takeover offer for Blackburn Rovers or any other English football club."

Meanwhile and TOTALLY changing the subject, although it is still on the topic of Blackburn! Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire was again an unused substitute for England at the European Under-21 Championships on Thursday.

As Derbs looked on, England looked odds on to book a place in the Semi-Finals after taking a 2-0 lead against their Italian counterparts. However, Italy fought back to earn a 2-2 draw and could have won.

Derbs will hope to play a part in the final group match (but hopefully not our final match altogether) with Group leaders (and winners Serbia.) Victory will guarantee England progress although a point could be enough?


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The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 15 2007

Time: 12:18AM

Your Comments

Ah well it's a shame that Allen's 9.1billion!!! fortune will not be behind such a move eh, but there you go. As for Derbs, HOPEFULLY he will play his part next time round as I would be disappointed to see England go through the tournament without him getting a chance.
Hughes Da Man
It boggles the mind!!! No wonder Man City got shot of Psycho! 2-0 up and let it slip to 2-2 and just after the eye-ties equalise what does he do?? Takes of a striker and puts on.....A DEFENDER!?!?!? Then goes and gives James Vaughan his debut with minutes remaining! It defies logic, it really does and even though some might disagree, but after the 2-0 lead England missed someone to open up the Azzurini back line, some one like Bentley! Ah well, its nothing new to England to be heading home early from an international competition now is it? lol.
That 9.1 Billion mightve come in handy! Then again we would end up buying Judas back on 100,000 grand a week then though eh? haha
BomBom
Is it concieveable that Derbs is being punished for Bentleys "act of betrayal"??????
MikeyGamst
Sure he could still be in the running, putting up a smoke screen and all after all he was behind the Southampton bid not too long ago, so why not us? Anyway im sure whoever it is will have a few pennies floating around
Clint
Southampton are a "sleeping giant" tho arent they, well they're kind of a "comatose giant" at the moment! Doesnt matter who it is as long as they arent looking to make money from the club, as that would be disasterous for Rovers
BomBom
He's denied the Southampton links too hasen't he, or his spokesman has.
Hughes Da Man
MikeyGamst - I have had those exact same thoughts regarding Derbs and not featuring as a result of Bents pulling out. I would like to think that a man as passionate about England as Pearce is (and he is for ALL his faults!) would put these aside and not let them cloud his judgement, although giving James Vaughan a run out (although he is a class act too) for a first cap ahead of Derbs in a tournament scenario makes you think?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Pearce has his favorites like any manager, as he keeps Nugent on and takes Lita off, then puts on Vaughan instead of Derbyshire, taking into account that we could be biased and that we dont see them in training as well. But he must have got enuff in him to get a game fespecially from league form in which Lita and Vaughan didnt have the same impact on their resepective teams and Nugent, as good as he is, plays in the Championship
Clint
HDM, this was what i though. You dont necesarrily NEED a goal but another would be nice so do you throw on a lad with no u21 games and hope for the best or throw on a lad who, granted only has 1-2 caps at that level but scored on his debut COMING OFF THE BENCH AGAINST THE SAME BLOODY TEAM. Frustrating as it is for us lot, I feel for Derbs!!!! Never mind lad, at least Rovers want you to play for them!
BomBom
who do you reckon Hughes' favourites are...we know he likes Robbie but I'm sure he has a soft spot for Aaron and Roberts???
MikeyGamst
Some don't even need mentioning do they but without doubt as you sayJR, and I can see why you say the Axe. I think Andre Ooijer is one of Sparky's boys also, and we'll find this out for sure next season when he is our right-back :)
Hughes Da Man
 

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