Tombos Rant Part 1 - A Fans Response To Balaji Rao
Following todays mid-season friendly against the mighty world beaters FC Pune in a game which 'avid Blackburn Rovers fan' Jason Roberts scored a couple of goals and Reuben Rochina picked up a goal in a very wet Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. Co-owner of Blackburn Rovers football club Balaji Rao was attributed with some comments in the International media.
These comments coming as such stupidity, that i felt a fan should put some form of reply to the comments, if not for my own mental sake of mind at not seeing them replied too. Others may have their own opinions. But 'i' myself would like to say the following.
I feel that this influx of comments from the owners, comments that will only serve to intensify the level of anger among fans.
"We know that a few people have been generating thousands of emails demanding the ousting of Steve Kean, who is a brilliant manager'.
Either that is a poor English translation or Balaji's research is wrong.
Thousands of people have signed a petition to get Steve Kean removed. Thousands of people have emailed Balaji Rao and Vineeth Rao in particular. None as far as i know have received any form of reply. A act that would have former Chairman John Williams shuddering if he knew i am sure.
I myself as the author of a recently published article in the Daily Telegraph have yet to receive ANY form of reply from the club or owners of the club.
As a paying customer of the last 20 years, i find this a pretty disrespectful act.
Balaji's above comment makes it sound like a couple of fans are sending out thousands of emails. This is simple not true, as all Rovers fans will know!
The simple truth is that thousands of fans want Kean out... Even fans in Venkys native country, as is evident in today's article in the Daily Mail.
"The team is in the relegation zone right now, but it is going to come up I am sure of that.'
Really?! I guess our performances against Top Four teams Wolves, Everton and Newcastle United are a reflection of this almighty pending uplift in form?
With two away games against teams who were being considered relegation candidates before the season kicked off. But have double if not more points then we do at this stage (Norwich City & QPR), i struggle to understand where this optimism comes from? Away games after all have been unhappy hunting grounds for yonks now! Maybe it's the the next 2 home games that have got Balaji optimistic. After all Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are nigh on push-overs...
"We know the team is going in the right direction and we are very positive about the way the team is performing and the way it is going'.
In the right direction? When you say right direction do you mean going from a top 10 team to a bottom table team? Right direction my foot!
Have you actually watched any of the games we have played this season Balaji? I have... Paying season ticket-holders who are friends of mine have...
Wolves... beaten 1-2, and we were poor. Wolves could have won by more then the odd goal. Defensively poor, attacking wise poor... The full-time whistle met with boo's...
Aston Villa... Much the same as Wolves. A poor defensive and offensive performance leading to a heavy demoralizing defeat...
Everton... 0-1 defeat... Yes Mr Kean, i have heard the excuses... We had a couple of injuries and missed a couple of penalties... Might have helped if the players had been instructed as to who takes the penalties. Something a manager actually does... Putting that aside... We were wobbly defensively, and very rarely threatened on the attack...
Fulham... 1-1 draw... Played (let me get this quote from a paying fan who attended the match right) 'alright to poor'... 1st half we were okay, and 2nd half everything went to 'heck' due to a lack of decent tactics and poor substitutions by Mr Kean... Ironic we should get a point in a game we so ultimately struggled in the 2nd half of?
Arsenal... 4-3 win... Yippee finally a win... All it ultimately took was for one of Arsenal's weakest teams in years... 2 own goals... 4 missed chances by Arsenal in stoppage time alone (let alone others they should have put away) and a injury to David Goodwillie vs Fulham to which Kean left completely unnoticed and has effected him ever since forcing Mr Kean's hand in which he ended starting with Yakubu... Well done!
Newcastle... 1-3 defeat... One of the worst team performances i have ever seen Rovers play... No noticeable or workable tactics whatsoever!
Manchester City... 0-4 drubbing... Left me literally broken-hearted. Such a poor performance... Aguero off injured, but didn't make a difference... Yes Man City have some fantastic players... But my goodness, how can you not see how poor we are under Kean?! This left the fans expecting Steve Kean's sacking... Alas this did not happen!
We are yet to see any example of brilliance. Hell we are yet to see any example of a workable Plan A let alone Plan B. So i fail to see what example you have taken to draw your conclusion?
Okay let's not take Steve Kean's 5 defeats in 7 Premier League games this season as a example... Let's look at last season?!
5 wins in 21 games...
'Brilliant manager'?? Really?!
"On the whole the goal of playing in Europe over the next four to five years is a realistic one."
No... The goal of continuing to play in the Barclays Premier League is our target right now! Not even that achievement is realistic at the moment!
If you don't believe me? Then read player David Dunn's comments yesterday about fans being realistic about how our club has over-achieved in recent years and to 'get real'... Kind of defies your 'storming up the Premier League' predictions and Champions League football in the years to come predictions doesn't it?
In what World is 21% success rating evidence of a good manager?!
He is 'officially' our worst manager numerically! He is close to becoming the worst Premier League manager full stop!
Balaji Rao, Vineeth Rao, Venkatesh Rao and Anuradha Desai... The fans look to you to make the correct decision... We look to you to stop these stupid comments... These inaccurate comments...
Please for the love of God! Listen to the fans... Without the desire, the passion and the spirit of the fans... The club is not Blackburn Rovers... It is just a broken shell, a dying entity... Something a very wonderful man once did his best to build up from the ashes and protect.
ACT NOW BEFORE THE DAMAGE IS DONE, THEN YOU MIGHT HAVE A SLIM CHANCE OF WINNING BACK (US) THE FANS!
These above thoughts are mostly my own. They are in no way reflective of a attitude undertaken by Vital Blackburn Rovers (granted they are reflective of many a fan who has spoken to me since the comments were made!)