An incredible golden period in Blackburn Rovers’ wonderful history is undergoing a major crisis due to inexpert ownership, awful managerial decisions and a lack of consistent performance.
All Rovers fans possibly dreaded the ‘Premier League adventure’ would end some day. The continuously increasing monetary odds has badly affected but none could have ever thought the ridiculous nature in which an affluent running run club has crashed for about the last eighteen months.
Most Rovers fans will wish that they never ever hear of Venky’s. This entire fault is owner’s decision. They selected and had faith upon Steve Kean, thus allowing the club to spend around 20 million pounds on more often than not duff signings along with allowed years of knowledge and skill of the club to go on waste.
There is a faint ray of hope after Bolton’s heavy crush to Spurs which will at least give Rovers the scope to fight. Although the possibilities are less with just 2 games left and 3 points adrift. There is nothing working in favor of Blackburn Rovers that here are lots to complain, very less to appreciate.
But the preparation is in full swing for what might possibly be the last Premier League match at Ewood Park. Monday night’s trip of Wigan, is an apt to rejoice an amazing journey of the club for the last two decades.
For a town with a population of nearly 100,000, the awesome footballing accomplishments have been in one word miraculous and outshined everything which any other Premier League club could not have handled over a continual period.
Rover’s fans have been on a journey which no town club can ever feel again. To spend merely 2 seasons out of the Premier League and 9th position in the league’s all-time rankings is an achievement which leaves the club as the excellent achievers for over the past twenty years.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean has said that the club and their players should start to believe themselves following the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa during the weekend. Blackburn Rovers are in a precarious position in the table, just a place above the relegation zone. There are currently floating above the relegation zone only based on goal difference and there is a possibility that they may once again slip back into the bottom three. That has been a lot of animosity towards Steve Kean ever since he took over from Sam Allardyce. A lot of the animosity was justified during the earlier part of the campaign, but despite selling a lot of high-profile players, Steve Kean has still managed to get Blackburn above the relegation zone.
Speaking after the match against Aston Villa, the manager has said that it is time for the Blackburn players and coaching staff to deliver the results for the fans. There are only a few matches left in the season, while it will be even more tough for Blackburn since there are only a few home games left for them. Steve Kean has said that Blackburn Rovers should be targeting before matches in order to get away from the relegation zone. They did exactly that during the weekend where they managed to come back from behind to draw with Aston Villa.
“From our point of view, Chris never withdrew his transfer request. He wanted to go, he made that quite public. On a positive side, now we know everyone we have in the dressing room wants to be here. We will all be pulling together. We wish Chris all the best, he was very vocal in public about wanting to leave and he’s got his wish,” Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean said after the departure of Christopher Samba during the weekend.
Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn has said that the club’s performance against Everton in the recent Barclays Premier league match was their best ever in this season.
Blackburn have been struggling for form and also have been unlucky with a lot of injuries to key players. There have been a lot of calls for Steve Kean to be sacked from his position, while fans are also unhappy with new owners Venky’s from India. However, Blackburn have been experiencing a turn in their fortunes since the turn of the year and have already won against Manchester United and taken a point off Everton.
Even though the 3-2 win over Manchester United was by far the most shocking result of the season, Blackburn midfielder David Dunn has said that the 1-1 draw with Everton was easily the best performance of the team this season. He also said that he hopes that the team maintains this kind of performance in the future games as well, which will be more than enough to avoid relegation. As a result of this point, Blackburn Rovers move clear off the bottom of the table and edge closer towards the ultimate safety. There are currently one point off 17th placed Bolton Wanderers, who also managed to get a surprising victory over Liverpool during the weekend.
“Some of the performances recently have been really good. The manager, the players, the owners and even the fans have had their share of criticism, but it’s important we all stay strong and stick together. Blackburn is renowned for being a family club and we need to keep hold of that,” David Dunn said after the match. Despite missing key players like Christopher Samba, Blackburn managed to come out of the tough fixture against Everton with a point.
Luck, it seems, is definitely not on the side of Blackburn Rovers. Not only are they struggling at the wrong end of the English Premier League but they are also failing in their attempts to hold on to two of their star players, attacking player Junior Hoilett and defender Christopher Samba.
Hoilett is one of the most exciting youngsters currently playing in the Premiership after he burst onto the scene last season with some stellar performances for the side. Now, reports have emerged that the young Canadian player has declined to put pen to paper on a new long term deal that will keep him at Ewood Park for the next five years.
Christopher Samba was already a lost case back during the summer transfer window when many of the big guns in the English game including Arsenal and Liverpool swooped for the defender but somehow, their moves did not materialize but it seems that Samba is almost certain to leave Blackburn Rovers once the winter transfer market opens on the 1st of January. His likely destination might as well be the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal with Arsene Wenger willing to pay almost £15 million for him.
However, the loss of Hoilett will be the one that will hurt Rovers the most as he is in the last season of his current contract and it leaves him the opportunity to enter into talks with potential suitors and sign a pre-contract in January before leaving in August, with Rovers getting minimum compensation for a player they rate over £ 20 million. With the likes of Michel Salgado, Ryan Nelsen all struggling for form and Steve Kean desperately failing in his attempts to keep the dressing room united and the board on his side, it seems that this will be a very difficult season for Blackburn Rovers.
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