Date:Monday January 7 2008
The nebulous cloud of uncertainty that has hung over the future of Robbie Savage has been lifted over the weekend after he spoke with The Lancashire Evening Telegraph - and he has done his bit to recommend Rovers to future stars.
It perhaps seems a little bizarre now, considering the circumstances, that cult hero Sav is being allowed to leave. He is a leader and inspirer, something the players were horribly devoid of on Saturday against Coventry. However, the fiery Welshman has expressed his desire to move on after a meeting with Mark Hughes.
He told the LET:
"It's not a case of the club shoving me out of the door, it was more me going in to see the gaffer and him understanding me as a person.
'Playing football means everything to me and that's what this is all about; I need to be playing regular first team football."
Savage was also quick to dismiss any comparisons between this move and the one from Birmingham that took him to Rovers in 2005 that may arise.
"It's not a case of me throwing my toys out of the pram like I did at Birmingham - that was for completely different reasons.
'When I left there, I wanted to better myself and play for a manager and a club I had great belief in, and I feel I have done that over the last three years."
One of the reasons, as Sav points out, that he signed for Rovers was because of Mark Hughes and he insists that their relationship remains strong and he even went on to recommend the club to any youngsters aspiring to improve and play for a "top team".
"I've got nothing but respect for Mark Hughes, the chairman John Williams, and Blackburn Rovers as a football club, and if it turns out that I've played my last game for the club then I've had three wonderful years.
'I went through a lot of pain and upset when I left Birmingham to come here, but it was all worthwhile and I don't regret it for a second.
'I honestly don't have a bad word to say about this football club, and I'd advise any young player to come here because, in my opinion, it's one of the best clubs - if not the best - outside of the big four.'
Sav may not be the most popular person in football but he certainly makes headlines and people are aware of what he say`s. These kind words demonstrate the strength of feelings Sav has for the club and hopefully his words will be heeded by youngsters in the game. Rovers are moving onwards and upwards (despite Saturday`s disappointment) so attracting new faces into the fold is paramount. We are also moving in a direction away from the type of footballing skills that Sav imbues and he is aware of this.
Date:Monday January 7 2008
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