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Rovers DENY McCarthy No Show

Rovers DENY McCarthy No Show

I am still on the last remaining days of my break, but the news that Benni McCarthy had failed to turn up for Pre-Season training brought me again out of my temporary seclusion.

At lunchtime today it was claimed that Blackburn Rovers returned for Pre-Season training on Monday minus the very high profile name of McCarthy (according to reports from BBC Sport, and others.) At that point nothing official had been confirmed so I didn't quite know what to think but my initial reaction was that I was livid!!! And obviously thought this was a VERY, VERY bad sign for Rovers (unless Benni had a VERY good reason?!?!)

The Official Blackburn Rovers Website soon issued this statement of denial, it said:

"CONTRARY to reports in the media, the club wishes to make it absolutely clear that Benni McCarthy was not absent from training yesterday and turned up as scheduled.

"McCarthy, like everyone else in the squad, was also present for training today

Like I say before this statement I was absolutely disgusted (enough to break off my break, with a little push having received an email from a VBer AKA a Vital Blackburner asking if an article would be published on the matter) and although we couldn't jump to conclusions (even before this statement) too quickly I thought there would have to be a VERY, VERY good reason for him doing so, and if he had it would have appeared to have made his feelings perfectly clear on where he stood in relation to where his future lies. As we know in the early part of the summer Benni repeatedly said he would like to play for a Champions League playing side, but we did not want to sell him, and would not sell him. Things went quiet until now.

This must have been something (a no show) we have all feared but I genuinely didn't believe that Benni would do it, news that he had not only angered but also shocked me. Now that my heart has recovered from a minor attack it has proved that he didn't, with the club denying such an event so it is a case of panic over?!?!

All that remains to say is why would the media report such a thing? Even by their standards this is low. Thoughts as always below please VBers.


Date:Tuesday July 3 2007
Time: 2:57PM


Like I say I was OUTRAGED by this news when it first broke and my first thoughts were if it was true, other than being a genuine mistake (with reasons?!?!) it could not be forgiven so he could ***** right off as no player is bigger than a club. But this rant was not needed (merely adapted LOL!)
Why would such a story even come out though?!?! As even by the media's standards making up so a thing is pretty low!!! They say there is no smoke without fire don't they, so I think we haven't heard the last of this story yet?!?!
Hughes Da Man is going to crawl under his rock again for a day or two more now before he is back for good.
Hughes Da Man
03/07/2007 15:01:00
Missd ya HDM, this place has gone eerily quite the last few days
03/07/2007 15:07:00
Forgot to post about the article lol. Great to c the club to come out and end the rumours, prevents a lot of public outcry and a negative attitude towards benni
03/07/2007 15:08:00
Im sorry but irrespective if its true or not I'd sell him tommorrow !! dont rate him never have!! im quite aware of the goals he s scored for us ! but he aint my type of player ! i hate lazy players ! & long temr a side like us will be better without him! The Moment he said he was interested in leaving he would of been on the transfer list with a large price on his head ! instead we ve let him tout himself around europe hoping for a champions league team! ! Another player with an ego as big as his bank balance! im sick of these mercenaries especially at our club!! if he wants to go!! just go!!!
Life the Hard Way
03/07/2007 15:33:00
typical gutter press, would do your head in
03/07/2007 16:09:00
I must agree with HDM when I first saw this. I was ready to write the article for the site but work got in the way and the rant kept getting bigger an bigger. Thankfully a Rovers retort was inplace but I must admit I still have my suspicions. I just hope that he is back and trying his best for the club!
03/07/2007 16:41:00
if its true that will be really unsettling for the squad i have to say im quite angry even though there is a statement to the contrary of these reports i cant help but feel there is some truth to them and im sick of benni mccarthy if i wasnt already
durks de rover
03/07/2007 16:59:00
he wants a move to a bigger club, chelsea in particular, but with pizarro on board they just dont want/need him, although he could score goals for any PL team.
03/07/2007 22:38:00
Benni is the type of guy wherever he goes, he will score. He has a contract with us, and until we get an offer which we cant refuse, benni is a rover.
04/07/2007 00:21:00
His ego has gone through the roof but for all his touting I have'nt seen one concrete offer for him. He's desperate to leave I've no doubt and I do believe something happened today irrespective of the club's statement.
04/07/2007 01:12:00
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