August- Quiet at Ewood....
In what was the most hyped up August in many years, very little changed at Ewood Park.
The start of the month saw Blackburn finish of their Tour Down Under in style, defeating hosts Sydney FC, 2-1, with local starlet Brett Emerton picking up a clinical goal.
The lads returned back home, and quickly departed to Scotland for more friendlies, whilst all the talk was on 2 main topics. A Mr Syed had embarked on talks in taking over our beloved club. What was intriguing though, was the rumoured wealth of this gentleman, a man with 8 billion pounds to his name. Eyes lit up across Ewood Park, as Mr Syed went into Due Diligence with The Jack Walker Trustees, opening the books for all on the board to see. THis long running saga is continuing, however from what we have heard, its looking good. Fingers Crossed.
The other main point of discussion was the 4000 strikers we were linked to. They came and went, Heskey, Guiza, Raul, Perea, Popov just to name a few. Several midfielders were also lined up on trial, none of them passing the grade. In the end, it became Mame Diouf on loan from Manchester United, and Benjani, sealing a deal after a fortnight of trials. Not what many wanted, but after MB Diouf's bright start, it might just be what we need...
In terms of outs, it was more of a case of cutting the wages, with Zurab, Jacobsen and Maceo Righters sealing loan moves. Jason Roberts remained on the books, as did Vincenzo Grella, after the move to Turkey fell quiet.
August also saw the season get under way against Everton, a Tim Howard howler saw Nikola Kalinic open his account, and give Blackburn a hard fought 1-0 home win. A trip to Brum followed, with Blackburn left to rue missed opportunities, falling 2-1 after taking an early lead through Nzonzi. Another loss followed, this time at home to Arsenal, 2-1, with MB Diouf opening his premier league account. Wedged in between was a solid 3-1 victory in the League Cup against Norwich, setting up an away tie against Aston Villa.
Steven Nzonzi signed a new and improved 5 year contract, whilst all across Ewood Park stopped and reflected on the 17th of August, marking the 10 year anniversary of the Passing of Uncle Jack Walker.
And so we were left in limbo, an unfortunate start to this seasons league saw us sitting in 15th spot, whilst we still await the news of this impending take over.
Thats The Blackburn Times for August, until next time!