Sunday, January 22, 2017

Blackburn Rovers need to get their house in order

Blackburn are currently looking for a replacement for Steve Kean

Blackburn Rovers have fallen a long way in the last couple of years.

Just a few short seasons ago Blackburn was a well-run solid Premier League outfit. Now Rovers find themselves in the Championship without a manager.

Strange

I found the sacking of Steve Kean a very strange one. I was bemused by his appointment in the first place and like a lot of people couldn’t understand it.

Then the Blackburn board stuck with the Scot when he was completely out of his depth in the top flight.

Rovers were relegated because Steve Kean didn’t have the experience or managerial ability to keep the club in the top flight. The Rovers board left the decision to sack the Scot until the start of this season, very strange timing.

In my humble opinion Kean shouldn’t have been appointed in the first place and then shouldn’t have been left in charge of the club for so long.

The Blackburn Rovers fans mounted many protests last season to tell the owners what they thought about the situation. Usually if fans hold protests there is something majorly wrong at a football club.

The Rovers fans may have taken their protests slightly too far last season, but they could see that Steve Kean and owners Venkys was not the right people to be running the club.

Owners

Blackburn’s Indian owners Venkys have turned the club into an absolute laughing stock. They arrived at the club with grand ideas and ambitions, but it has all gone terribly wrong in the last year and a half.

Venkys knew absolutely nothing about football when they arrived. They just saw Rovers as a vehicle to promote their poultry business and make money. Unfortunately in football knowledge is power.

To own a football club knowledge of the game is vital, unless you have billions of pounds to throw around. Venkys obviously didn’t realise the vast amounts of money needed to make a club successful in the Premier League.

Former-Rovers owner and legend Jack Walker will be turning in his grave at what has happened to his football club. Big Jack pumped his own money into the club and turned Rovers into a top flight force.

Not only that but he also gave the club enough money to fund a Premier League title winning side in 1995. When the Venkys arrived there was hope that the new owners would be able to help Rovers move forward again.

Instead the club have gone backwards in the past few years under the Venkys. Rovers have tried to put things right by appointing a global advisor in Shebby Singh. I’m not sure what Singh will be doing in this role, but he has already behaved in a questionable manner.

Search

Rovers are now searching for a new manager. Just hope that somebody with actually football knowledge is involved in the decision making process. A number of managers have been linked with the vacant Rovers hot seat.

The likes of Alex McLeish, Billy McKinley and Mick McCarthy are all being linked with the job. Former-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the job, as has former-Manchester striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is currently boss of Norwegian club Molde.

The current frontrunner for the job is former-Rovers centre-back Henning Berg. Berg was part of the Blackburn side that won the Premier League title in 1995. He is highly-regarded within the club, but doesn’t have any experience of managing in England.

Shame

Unfortunately I can’t see Blackburn’s fortunes turning around until the Venkys leave the club. They have no knowledge of football and no matter who becomes the Rovers boss the club won’t move forward while Venkys still control the club.

It’s a shame that a once great club has fallen so far. Blackburn is a really good family club and has been spoilt by clueless foreign owners. If ever there was an advertisement of the fit and proper person system of ownership of a football club going wrong then Blackburn are it.

Can Blackburn get promoted this season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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