June.....To Sell or Not to Sell
Ryan Nelsen, Captaining New Zealand, was by far the feel good story of the cup. After 3 draws, including a superb 1-1 draw against the Italians, the Kiwi's placed New Zealand football on the map, with several All Whites in demand across Europe. Our very own Ryan Nelsen was the braveheart, living his dream.
Brett Emerton was our stand out at the cup. 3 Superb performances, including a solo effort in an embarresing Australian side against the Germans provided a stern reminder to Sam Allardyce, sell me at your loss. As for Vince Grella, a fall out with manager Pim Ver Beek saw him bow out early at the Cup
Lars Jacobsen's Denmark could count themselves unlucky in not qualifying for the Round of 16. A solid start to the campaign had the Danes on track, but they fell as the Dutch and Japanese made it through.
So with our lads out, the Italians, Kiwis and Aussies out, it left the English to carry the VBERS flag.....need I continue? A controversial error prevented a Frank Lampard 25yard equaliser, but in truth, the Germans were the stronger of the 2, running away with an unfair 4-1 victory. So the world cup rolls on....Argentina looking the goods, but will they have enough to deny Spain, Brazil, Holland and co? Time will tell
So back to the home front
Vince Grella was poised to sign with Galatasary, however, even though he was on the other side of the globe, personal terms could not be hammered out, with Sam Allardyce insisting Vincenzo has a role to play at Rovers.
In more Aussie related news (hint invasion hint), the long awaited confirmation of Blackburn's tour down under to compete in the Sydney Festival of Football against Hosts Sydney FC, Greek outfit AEK and Scottish Giants Rangers was made, with the tournament scheduled for late July.
The big news of the month, by far, was the discussion of the sale of the club to an Indian Consortium led by Mr Shah, and an unnamed consortium. Whilst this is not the time nor the place to head into the pro's and con's, lets just say the debate is on in the forums for those who want more information.
The takeover of the club however, has brought on some uncertainty, especially towards manager Sam Allardyce. Big Sam has been provided opportunities to manage in Qatar, whilst his name has also been thrown into the hat to manage England, if Fabio Capello decides to move on.
The little transfer talk has been about the never ending saga of bringing Guti in. This seems less and less likely the longer it continues, as Sam has quoted, its a striker we need, then Guti. Zurab's time has come at Rovers, with him being on the market, whilst Brett Emerton found himself on the outer, however hopefully his superb performance at the cup might change somebodies mind.
In what can only be superb news, Martin Olsson signed a new 5 year contract after an amazing season. Who would of ever thought he could have such an impact after initial failures.
In sad news, Rovers legend Colin Hendry was officially declared bankrupt and has listed his mansion for sale at 1.75 million pounds. Any takers?
So its nervous times at Blackburn, will we have new owners by the end of July? Will Sam still be around?
But The Blackburn Times will be,
So until then!
Enjoy the rest of the cup