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Savage Recommends Rovers

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.

The Journalist

Writer: Roversman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 7 2008

Time: 9:39AM

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He has said some very kind words and the full interview is an excellend read. It is nice to hear that he is leaving with nothing but respect and fond memories of his time with the club. I'm sure all of you will agree he has been a true character and made a huge impact at the club. Hopefully his kind words about the club will also resonate through the footballing community.
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07/01/2008 09:43:00

Good luck to Savage, the difference between him and Judas is sheer Class, both represented the club with passion, but one is leaving with dignity and reputation in tact. If sav does end up going, i wish him all the best, i would like to keep him though
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07/01/2008 09:57:00

This statement shows why he deserves respect from every Blackburn Rovers fan there is.
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07/01/2008 09:58:00

I concur Mikey.
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07/01/2008 09:59:00

I will be disappointed to see Robbie go. He has been great for us and a real competitor.
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07/01/2008 10:42:00

Personally I'm still not sure WHY it can be said that Sav hasn't played enough this season, when fit he has virtually played all the time hasn't he?!?!
Even so, I do feel the time is right for him to move on now and as I have previously said a relegation battle is something that he would be IDEAL for, so wherever he goes the team that signs him will benefit.
He's been SUPERB for this club, and has given us the respect we deserve, as I am SURE he will get the respect he deserves when we come up against him in the future.
Hughes Da Man
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07/01/2008 10:50:00

I think whatever team Savage goes to, unless its derby, they wont get relegated. he just has that ability to lift everyone 50 percent, something we have been missing, just doesnt make sense aye
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07/01/2008 10:54:00

top bloke, and its great that he has publicly stated how he feels about the club thats a good touch. i have a lot of respect for robbie he has been heavily involved in our last few successful league campaigns and was one of our main players aswell. i wish him all the best.
durks de rover
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07/01/2008 12:24:00

we need a younger version when he leaves... Steve Sidwell anyone???
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07/01/2008 12:31:00

yes please
durks de rover
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07/01/2008 12:45:00

grella lol or bresciano hehehe
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07/01/2008 12:55:00

Why does it not surprise me that you mentioned those two dude, lol!
Hughes Da Man
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07/01/2008 21:24:00

well we are after two quality central midfielders, one is more defensive, one is more attacking
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07/01/2008 23:11:00

and why not plug in my plug some top quality english lads, but their either too expensive, or in jail lol
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07/01/2008 23:12:00

sasman if we sign these guys will wehere the end ofit??? lol.
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08/01/2008 09:39:00

no, then u will here about the fantastic performances they put in lolll
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08/01/2008 12:59:00

U can understand that Savage at 33 needs to be playing and I suppose one big last challenge, wont come bigger than trying to keep Derby in the league rite enuff!, I like the way he was honest about the reasons for leaving Brum and the way he painted Rovers in a bright way!! I wish him all the best for his pending move! Just shows u the difference in some footballers, u know telling the truth!! Not getting at any particular Aussie there or nothing lol
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08/01/2008 14:52:00

I would take that sas!!! and clint that is a world class cheapshot there!!! bentley got **** on for telling the truth in the summer so it doesnt always work!!!
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08/01/2008 21:19:00

I agree Clint - Savage spoke with genuine fondness for Rovers and I respect that. As for Bentley he was honest but people didn't understand or believe him.
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09/01/2008 13:56:00


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