Mixed Fortunes for Rovers in November
This edition of The Blackburn Times looks back at the month of November, as reported by Vital Blackburn.
This first thing on everybodies minds, was the takeover. Will it go ahead, will it collapse and exactly who will take the helm at Ewood Park. Long time favourite, Ali Syed withdrew his interest early on in the month, leaving Venkys at the top of the chain. And the Indian based poultry company finally sealed the deal, a reported $43 million pound bid clinching the purchase, and wiping off all debt.
The next question was how much funds would Sam get. An initial 5 million pound amount was allocated, however many are sceptical of this amount, believing (hoping) it is much more, and the club are only trying to underplay their hand.
With the takeover, came the sense of change, reform and fear. The first thing the Venky's board though is minimized this fear, confirming Mr Williams and Mr Allardyce will remain in their respective roles. Ewood Park would remain Ewood Park, and the new owners would attempt to broaden the clubs appeal, stretching out to India and South East Asia....
So that was done and dusted, lets move on to the real stuff.
Rovers played 5 games in November, tasted success, a loss, and a heck of a beating.
Blackburn kickstarted things under new ownership with a 2-1 victory against Wigan. Goals to Morten Gamst Pedersen and Jason Roberts were enough to deny the latics, despite a late free kick from Nzogbia.
Next up was the inform Newcastle, and that brat Joey Barton. Brett Emerton set up Gamst to open the scoring, whilst Andy Carrol equalised with a trademark header. Jason Roberts scored his second succesive winner, to ensure Blackburn continued their great spell over Newcastle, 2-1 victors
Tottenham were next, and 2 late goals for Rovers werent enough, as a Gareth Bale inspired Spurs outfit continued their march up the table, and ended Rovers' run with a 4-2 victory.
Then it was all about Morten Gamst Pedersen. The Norweigan was on song, burying 2 goals to defeat Aston Villa and Rovers old boys Steven Warnock and Brad Friedel. In what was a rather entertaining match, Gamst managed to put the Houdini on Friedel, whipping in a free kick into the top corner of the net from the sideline, then powering home to seal the victory
And finally it was that game at Old Trafford. 7-1 with Berbatov scoring 5. One that would be definately one to forget, not for Josh Morris though, the young lad delighted at making his debut at the Theatre of Dreams, and pinching Berbatovs jersey afterwards
With New owners, comes the round of transfer rumours. Of the lot, the most notable was the possible return of Roque Santa Cruz. Sam Allardyce has admitted interest, but whether the Paraguayan hitman will be interested is yet another tale....Jason Brown signalled his intention to leave the club, whilst the big boys were signalling interest in Phil Jones
So new owners, 3 wins, 2 losses and more rumours, November indeed was an eventful month for Blackburn. With Santa Claus just around the corner, what surprises are in store for Blackburn in December....tune back in in a months time to recap exaclty how Blackburn propelled themselves into the top 6!