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For all the latest shenanigans from the chicken pluckers and what the rags are saying about us....

 

Venkys take note. When you insult the intelligence of Blackburn Rovers supporters, you also insult the intelligence of the people of Blackburn. Because Blackburn Rovers are Blackburn and Blackburn is Blackburn Rovers.

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Parachute Regiment Fail To Storm Championship Castle

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It’s the time of year when, for football fans up and down the land, hope springs eternal. The doldrums of the summer are gone and thoughts of this year being our year, have returned to the minds of supporters from Newcastle to Plymouth, and all points in between.

But for followers of some teams the feeling should be, if it isn’t already, anxiety. For Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves, the clock is ticking, and with each second that passes history turns against them. The fact is that not getting promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking can be costly, both financially and for the chances of seeing top class football in your city sooner rather than later. Just ask Wolves’ opening day opponents, Leeds United.

The beginning of 2012-2013 season marks the Whites’ ninth straight season outside of England’s top division since their relegation in 2004. For a club that was once a dominant force in English football the word dormant is perhaps now more appropriate.

Their story is not a unique one. The Championship is littered with sides who were perennial Premier League mainstays. Eighteen of the twenty-four teams have logged time in England’s top club competition, fourteen of those having spent multiple seasons in the promised land. Over the past twenty seasons only six clubs have won the top league in England. Two of those currently call the second tier of English football home.

All of which points to the stark reality that the Championship is harder than ever to succeed in. At least ten teams harbour realistic hopes of automatic promotion, with many more eyeing the playoff places. For the newcomers to the league coming down it is vital to strike while the iron is hot, because as tough a task as it is, it will only get tougher.

Premier League financial assistance, ‘parachute payments’, were introduced in order to help relegated clubs cope with the loss of revenue that a relegation from the world’s most commercially successful league brings. They allow those clubs to keep living the lifestyle to which they are accustomed. But, like the recently unemployed who might spend some time living off their savings, unless they find their way back to the financial levels they were at before, within a short period of time realities have to be faced and luxuries can no longer be afforded. For those Premier League dropouts, those luxuries usually consist of quality football players.

So getting off to a fast start is essential, and crucially for Rovers and the pair of Wanderers it seemed they have put themselves in the best possible position by not having the usual exodus of players, desperate to stay in the top division. Of those on their way out, only David Hoilett and Michael Kightly remained at Premier League level. This might be a continuation of the recent trend of relegated players willing to stick with their clubs for at least one season to see if an instant ‘bounce-back’ is possible. It could be, perhaps more likely, speak to the quality, or lack thereof, within the relegated squads; that the Premier League looked at what these squads had to offer and decided to pass. Whatever the reason, the continuity and maintenance of quality seemingly boded well for the recent Premier League orphans.

Unfortunately, for all the good omens, the results were disappointing. A return of just a single point from those three teams, the lowest for the three relegated clubs on the opening day of the season for over ten years. It should be noted that all three opened up away from home, and all against opponents who have been Premier League teams in recent years. However, and perhaps worryingly, these were the teams who finished thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth in the Championship last term, over twenty points off automatic promotion. In 2011-2012, the three teams who won promotion lost a combined twenty nine games. The Championship new boys combined have already lost two, with forty five games to go.

Even though they were the only one of the three to gain a point, it will be Blackburn who are the most disappointed. In a game against an Ipswich side with well documented problems at the back, they managed to muster little in attack, with only two attempts on target. Despite this they managed to lead for most of the game though loanee Colin Kazim-Richards’ first half header, his first goal in English football for over five years after spells in Turkey, France and Greece. Ipswich’s vulnerability at the back was exposed as first Scott Dann was left all alone to head Morten Gamst Pedersen’s corner back across goal, allowing a similarly lonely Kazim-Richards to nonchalantly nod home. It would have been a sweet moment for Pedersen after being described as a ‘pensioner’ by the Rovers Global Advisor Shebby Singh. The other target of Singh’s criticism, manager Steve Kean, was typically upbeat at the end of the match. Having been pegged back to a draw courtesy of a Jason Lowe own goal with less than ten minutes to go, Kean was quick to assert that he felt not many teams would come to Ipswich and win this year, a belief born out by the fact that Ipswich were a top half team last season in terms of home record. Still, this game felt like a missed opportunity for Rovers to whip up some early momentum and good feeling around the club, following the well documented turmoil which has surrounded it.

Wolves were presented with an early chance to steal a march on their rivals, after being handed Saturday’s early kick off. Perhaps unusually, the only team of the relegated three to part company with their manager, they came into the game with just one league win in their last twenty four, a run stretching back to 4th December last year. They were never dominated by Leeds, but never looked like winning either, with a solitary Luciano Becchio goal proving enough at Elland Road to kick-start their own promotion challenge. Without Steven Fletcher, Wolves fans were given a view of what life might be like if the striker moves on to Sunderland, and while they might be optimistic that against lesser defenses Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle could be a potent vanguard, against Leeds’ typically well organised and well marshalled back line they could not fire. Stale Solbakken, making his return to English football after a season playing with Wimbledon in the late 90′s, made no excuses for his side, feeling the result was fair. He perhaps will be aware that the Yorkshire clubs promotion ambitions will make Elland Road a difficult place for visitors to come this season.

Much of the hope for Bolton will surround the fact that they have lost very little of note from the side who were relegated by just a single point at the end of last term, and that in Owen Coyle they have a manager who very recently engineered a much less fashionable club’s rise from Championship to Premier League. Unfortunately for him, it was that much less fashionable club who had much the better of the chances and who deserved their victory over their Lancashire rivals. What might be more concerning for Coyle is the lack of any sort of potency from his attack, with Olympian Marvin Sordell still finding his place at Bolton and Kevin Davies showing clear indication that he will not be a player whose fitness will allow him to play a significant part every week. Coyle chose to focus on the shortcomings of his defence and the potential for offside in Martin Paterson’s opener, but the fact that his side were outplayed must have registered and must be worrying for the Glaswegian.

The sides might take solace from last years promotion trio’s opening weekend: a record of won one, drawn one, lost one. A sample size of just a single game means little over the course of a whole season. But for these three, every game this year is vital because the clock is ticking and the bank balance is falling. Every second counts. Forty five games to go.

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Steve Kean will face review unless Blackburn gain 16 points from first seven

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Steve Kean will face review unless Blackburn gain 16 points from first seven.

But despite retaining the support of Venky's chairperson Anuradha Desai, senior figures within the Rao family who own the club are...

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Blackburn adviser apologises to Steve Kean and Morten Gamst Pedersen

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Blackburn Rovers suffered a public relations disaster when a top official was forced to apologise to the manager and a senior player...

 

Shebby Singh has issued a public apology to Steve Kean and Morten Gamst Pedersen after saying that the Blackburn Rovers manager would be sacked if he lost three games and calling the 30-year-old winger a "pensioner".

Speaking at an open meeting organised by the Blackburn Rovers Action Group, the club's global adviser Singh told supporters Kean would be sacked if he lost three games in a row but it was the personal comments directed at Pedersen that caused the most upset.

Kean and Pedersen were so furious with Singh that the Malaysian was forced to apologise to both men at a squad meeting. In addition, he deemed it necessary to make a public apology through the Lancashire Telegraph.

Singh had said Kean's promises of a strong promotion challenge had to be taken "with a pinch of salt", while he likened Pedersen, who has been at the club for eight years, to a "pensioner".

He said: "I would like to extend an apology to Steve Kean because some things were said on Saturday. I think they would have hurt Steve Kean's feelings and for that I sincerely apologise.

"I would also like to apologise to Morten Gamst Pedersen for what was said. There are no excuses and Morten is a great character.

"My blunt honesty sometimes upsets people and sometimes rubs people up the wrong way. I am making efforts to bring the club back to the fans and in trying to do that I have gone too far. I am trying to find the middle ground."

Blackburn's Indian owners, Venky's, appointed the 51-year-old former Malaysia defender in June and one of Singh's tasks is to act as a go-between for Venky's and Kean. He has a reputation for forthright views earned while working as a football pundit for Asian TV.

The Blackburn striker David Goodwillie has been called up by Scotland for Wednesday's friendly against Australia at Easter Road. Goodwillie scored in his last appearance – a 3-1 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Spain in October.

The 23-year-old moved to Ewood Park from Dundee United in August 2011, scoring two goals in 20 Premier League appearances, although he started only four games.

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Transcript of Rao's Facebook Discussions with Rovers Fan over Transfers

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Bleeds Blue 'N White - Real life Football Manager game involving Rovers!
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KEAN OUT AT THE NORWAY - ENGLAND GAME

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KEAN OUT AT THE NORWAY - ENGLAND GAME

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Rovers may drop further

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Former Blackburn striker Simon Garner fears Rovers could fall through the leagues like Bradford unless drastic action is taken at Ewood Park.

Garner was speaking to BBC Sport after co-owner

Venkatesh Rao admitted there was a state of “confusion” at the relegated club.

 

“The fans will be even more confused after that interview,” said Garner, who played for Rovers from 1978-1992.

“There’s real concern they could fall through the leagues like Bradford did.”

Bradford City were a Premier League club in 2001 but by 2007 had dropped into League Two, where they remain.

 

Blackburn under Steve Kean
Lie 13th in the Premier League when Kean takes charge in December 2010.

Finish the 2010-11 campaign 15th in the table – four points above the relegation zone – after five wins in 21 games.

Start the 2011-12 season with one win in 13 league games, a 4-3 home victory over Arsenal.

Relegated to the second tier after losing eight of the last nine league games.

“[The fans] are very worried that could happen. It needs Venky’s to come out and tell the fans what’s going on,” added Garner, who made 474 appearances for Rovers.

In a rare interview on Tuesday, Rao failed to shed any light on the long-term futures of manager Steve Kean or his players.

Kean travelled to India last week to meet Venky’s, the club’s owners, but Rao admitted it could be another month before the Scot’s situation becomes clearer.

“Everything is in confusion,” said Rao. “In the next month, we will have a proper situation to talk about. Let us see what happens.”

On Kean’s future, he added: “I really don’t know on that issue.”

Garner said Venky’s had missed a chance to set the record straight.

Fans also reacted angrily to Rao’s interview, with Glen Mullen, chairman of the BRFC Action Group, saying: “He didn’t look like he had a clue.

“The club is in absolute meltdown,” Mullen added.

“Another month before we know what’s going on? The fans I have spoken to are very angry.

“There are generations of Blackburn supporters who won’t be going back to the club while Venky’s are there.”

Garner said supporters wanted to know whether Kean, who has been the subject of fans’ protests, was staying as manager.

“There should have been communication through the season and they should have made a decision [about Kean] after relegation,” added Garner.

“I’ve nothing against him personally, but he’s lost the fans and when that happens you’re time is up.

“I think gates will be drastically down on last season with the disappointment of relegation. The fans are confused and frustrated.”

Blackburn finished one place off the foot of the Premier League table, winning just eight league games.

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Blackburn Rovers: Co-owner - Rovers 'in confusion' - ClubCall.com

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Blackburn Rovers, 12:39, May 23, 2012. Blackburn co-owner Venkatesh Rao has admitted everything is in "confusion" at Ewood Park over Steve Kean's future. The under-fire Rovers chief has been in India to meet the owners but is now back ...
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Smart New Blackburn Shirt To Be Sold Without Sponsor – Can Be Ironed On At Later Date

Smart New Blackburn Shirt To Be Sold Without Sponsor – Can Be Ironed On At Later Date | We Want Our Rovers Back | Scoop.it

Notice something missing there ? That’s right, the Championship arm patches.

 

You may have also noticed the lack of sponsor. This is due to the club not actually having one in place at the moment.

As such, the shirt will be sold without an ‘orrible gaudy logo plastered across the front along with a voucher which entitles the buyer to have the logo ironed on at the club shop as and when a sponsor is announced – should the fan in question wish to sully such a beautiful jersey for some reason.

Personally, we prefer it plain.

While we’re talking Blackburn kits, we have it on good authority that the away kit is Celtic-style green and white hoops. Seems Steve Kean’s influence runs even deeper than we thought !

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'Unsackable' Steve Kean loses his job but stays at Blackburn after Venkys showdown talks

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Steve Kean, the man said to be unsackable when appointed Blackburn's manager in January 2011, looks to have paid for Rovers' relegation from the Premier League, according to sources in Pune and at Ewood Park.
The club's Indian owners, the chicken conglomerate Venky's, have finally decided to remove him as manager, although he will stay at the club in a different role and on the same salary he was paid as he oversaw Blackburn's drop to the Championship.
The decision to get rid of Kean as manager will be greeted with mixed emotions by many supporters, who feel the Scot symbolises the problems of their club.

Some will be happy he is no longer at the helm, others troubled that he seems certain to remain at the club and apparently with some influence.
It is understood that one of Kean's key allies at the club, press officer Paul Agnew, is to be promoted on to the board of directors with the new title director of communications.
Kean recommended promotion for Agnew during showdown talks in Pune last week with the club's co-owners, Anuradha Desai and her brothers, Balaji and Venky.

If they took Kean's guidance on giving Agnew a bigger role - despite not being widely popular within the club - then it is highly unlikely that Kean will be ousted from Ewood.
Both Venky and Balaji Rao have been telling friends and associates in the past 48 hours that Kean will not continue as Rovers' manager.
Venky confided this to Australian cricketer Brett Lee - whom Venky's sponsor - over lunch on Thursday.
The dysfunctional nature of Blackburn under Venky's is such that there is no firm consensus yet about the future manager.
Alan Curbishley has been discussed internally as a possible candidate, as has Blackpool's Ian Holloway.
But these discussions are being had by disparate groups with different levels of influence in Blackburn and in India.
The only person at Venky's whose decision matters is Mrs Desai, who described Kean as 'unsackable' upon his appointment and has stood by him ever since.
Kean flew to India on Tuesday for two three-hour sessions of talks about the future.
He flew back to England on Friday knowing that he had not been sacked, although a change of role was on the cards.

 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2146933/Unsackable-Steve-Kean-loses-job-stays-Blackburn-Venkys-showdown-talks.html#ixzz1vN3E98PB

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Yakubu wants out as Kean chaos continues at Rovers

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BLACKBURN Rovers top scorer Yakubu will deliver Steve Kean a big blow in his plans of an instant Premier League return – by telling him he wants to leave for top flight football.

 

The news came as Steve Kean’s future remained shrouded in uncertainty after returning from two days of talks with owners Venky’s this evening.

The poultry giants were remaining tight-lipped as rumours from India grew that they could be looking to move him to a new position or just remove him.

Australian cricketer Brett Lee, who is sponsored by Venky’s caused a stir when he tweeted Kean had been removed as manager but the rumours remained unconfirmed.

At the time of going to press, Venky’s and Kean were yet to break their silence, with even staff at Ewood unsure of what was happening.

Yakubu has become a big hit at Ewood Park after scoring 17 goals in his first season for the club, but was still unable to prevent the dreaded drop.

The Lancashire Telegraph understands he has a relegation clause in his contract, which has two years remaining, that would make him available for an estimated £2million.

A number of Premier League clubs, including QPR, Reading and South-ampton, are understood to be tracking ‘the Yak’ and the lure of the Premier League is understood to be too big for him resist.

The Yakubu revelation comes hot on the heels of the news that Junior Hoilett is not expecting to sign a new deal and so will leave the club.

The duo were the key sources of Rovers’ attacking threat last season and would be difficult for Kean to replace ahead of the Championship campaign.

Yakubu arrived at Ewood Park on deadline day in August from Everton for an estimated £1.5m,.

His career had come to a halt, having spent a spell on loan at Championship Leicester, due to injuries and falling out of favour at Goodison Park.

The 29-year-old Nigerian has rolled back the years at Ewood Park though, hitting 17 goals in his own personal crusade to attempt to steer Rovers to safety.

His domestic form has earned him an international recall but sources close to the player now indicate he feels he needs to move on.

Sources have told the Lancashire Telegraph that, while Yakubu has enjoyed his spell in East Lancashire, he has grown increasingly fed up with events behind the scenes.

He also believes he should be playing in the Premier League and is hoping that comes to fruition.

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Sam Allardyce starts legal moves against Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers

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Former Ewood boss Sam Allardyce has started legal moves against Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers following footage put on YouTube last night.

 

We can confirm that Allardyce has instructed his lawyers after comments apparently made by Kean to supporters in Hong Kong last summer.

 

More in tomorrow’s Lancashire Telegraph.

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Blackburn Rovers fans in last-ditch plea to Venky's calling for Kean sacking

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Blackburn Rovers fans have made a last ditch plea to owners Venky’s to sack under fire boss Steve Kean ahead of tomorrow’s summit talks in
India.

 

Kean will meet co owner Anuradha Desai at her Pune HQ on Wednesday to discuss the future with almost 4,500 fans having already added their name to the call for his exit.

The petition, which had 4,312 names yesterday lunchtime, less than 24 hours after it was launched, was emailed directly to Desai last night as the frustrated supporters take the desperate measure to convey their feelings to Venky’s.

Further names were being e-mailed after the final figure had been totted up.

Kean has come under increasing pressure from the Ewood Park faithful having struggled to pick up consistent results during his 18 months in charge.

The Lancashire Telegraph understand the majority of Blackburn Rovers’ board, Venky’s advisers and even co owners Venkatesh and Balaji Rao want Kean out, but Desai is yet to be convinced.

Deputy chief executive Paul Hunt has already lost his job after an email he sent to Desai calling for Kean’s dismissal back in December, two days after the Lancashire Telegraph’s call, was leaked last week.

Now, having seen their side relegated from the Premier League, Rovers fans have come together to plead with the club matriarch to finally make the change that so many have been calling for.

The email, which is attached to the petition and will be sent direct to Desai, requests that “Venky’s, as owners and custodians of our historic football club, terminate the employment of Mr Steve Kean at Blackburn Rovers Football Club with immediate effect.

It continues to say the supporters “have no faith whatsoever in the ability of Steve Kean to manage a football team nor be involved in the running of a professional football club.

“His record as a manager during his 18-month spell in charge of the club is among the worst in the twenty-year history of the Premier League and he is undoubtedly the worst and arguably the most unpopular manager in the entire 137-year history of our football club.”

The document goes on to say how Kean’s presence is having an adverse effect on supporters and says his removal would be the first step in the process of re establishing stability at Ewood Park.

Large sections of Rovers fans have been at war with Venky’s and Kean for most of the season after a series of baffling decisions and unfulfilled promises leaves the club in apparent crisis.

Since Venky’s bought the club from the Walker Trust and replaced Sam Allardyce with managerial novice Kean, Rovers have been fighting an almost constant relegation battle.

A run of eight defeats from the last nine Premier League games condemned Rovers to the drop into the Championship, having won just eight games all season.

Kean has raised eyebrows in recent days by claiming “exciting times are ahead” and that owners Venky’s are “100 per cent” the right owners for Blackburn Rovers.

The ‘Kean out’ petition was initially posted on fans internet site brfcs an hour before kick off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Fans have been adding their names via various other fans websites, twitter and email in an attempt to show Mrs Desai the strength of the feeling against Kean.

Kean himself was adamant his job was not even under pressure after Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea, after confidently predicting he would be the man to lead Rovers back into the Premier League.

He also declined to comment on reports that he was set to put forward press officer Paul Agnew’s name as a potential new chief executive.

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Blackburn 2 Leicester 1: Pensioner Pedersen scores to silence critics and maintain Rovers' unbeaten start

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Morten Gamst Pedersen silenced his critics with a winner Blackburn barely deserved against an unfortunate Leicester side.

 

Rovers' global adviser Shebby Singh earlier this month labelled the Norwegian 'a pensioner' - something which was met with criticism from boss Steve Kean and the Professional Footballers' Association.
Singh apologised afterwards but this afternoon Pedersen, 30, rolled back the years with a superb 79th-minute strike - celebrated with the aid of a walking stick - which extended Blackburn's unbeaten start to the npower Championship season.

Rovers had been far from impressive in collecting four points from their opening two games and the same could be said yet again.
The hosts were indebted to Paul Robinson after the former England number one pulled off a superb save to keep out a point-blank header from David Nugent.
And the dominant Foxes were made to pay shortly after the half-hour mark as 36-year-old Nuno Gomes, a free summer signing after being released by Portuguese side Braga, opened his account in English football with a sweet finish from the edge of the area.
Jamie Vardy, who bagged 34 goals for Fleetwood last term, took advantage of Scott Dann's mistake to level matters soon after the restart, and then saw a header ruled out for offside, before Pedersen had the final say.
Leicester flew out of the blocks but it was City keeper Kasper Schmeichel who almost got caught out early on by an unorthodox bounce off a slick surface at Ewood Park.
If there was a touch of fortune about Schmeichel's let-off then there was nothing but quality about Robinson's 12th-minute save at the other end.
Foxes frontman Nugent, a matter a yards out, appeared certain to find the net with a header from Ben Marshall's cross but Robinson somehow palmed the ball away.
Rovers, having made four changes with David Dunn, Bradley Orr and Colin Kazim-Richards all injured, were disjointed in the opening quarter and failed to match the intensity of their visitors.

An unmarked Vardy headed Liam Moore's deep cross off target for Leicester before Dann made a last-ditch block to deny in-form midfielder Andy King, searching for his third goal in the season's opening three league fixtures.
But out of nowhere Blackburn took the lead in the 33rd minute.
Jason Lowe escaped Paul Konchesky down the right and found Gomes, who had timed his run to perfection and dispatched into the bottom corner with a neat finish from 18 yards.
The pattern of the game continued after the goal and Nugent's drive was parried out by Robinson, but Rovers maintained their lead going into the interval.

A frantic start to the second half saw Nugent denied again before Bruno Ribeiro also saw a header kept out at the other end.
And it was no surprise to see Leicester draw level in the 55th minute.
Rovers centre-back Dann was punished for defensive hesitancy as Vardy nipped in to finish from 12 yards out.
Vardy was then denied a 75th-minute second as his super header was wiped out by an assistant's flag.
And just two minutes later Pedersen sealed an unlikely victory for Blackburn with a right-footed finish from the left side of the penalty area - sending a clear message with his celebration.

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Shebby Kean on sack at 4/1 - First Past The Post

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I HAVE a great deal of sympathy for supporters of Blackburn Rovers.

The latest farce unfolding over at Ewood has Steve Kean refusing to accept Shebby Singh’s apology for his recent comments and, according to reports, indicating that their relationship is now untenable to the point that Kean wants Shebby out.

So Kean wants Shebby out? A week ago it was Shebby that wanted Kean out.

Are we to expect a grovelling apology from Kean before Blackburn’s first game of the season? How long will the soap opera last?

One of the first things he did was confirm that Kean would not be sacked, then followed up in an interview with, quite frankly, a load of old bollocks about his ‘views on Blackburn as a pundit and as a global adviser’ and ‘being constructive’.

The most constructive thing to do was replace the manager with a popular choice and get the fans back on side, but it seems that this was never considered.

 

“and they expected Huddersfield to take them seriously”

 

Blackburn’s pursuit of Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes has been nothing short of laughable.

Fulham made an offer to the Terriers of, if press reports are to be believed, close to £3 million, with a percentage up front and a series of add-ons for goals, appearances etc.

That was in January, when Huddersfield were entering their worst run of form for many months and in danger of losing ground in the League One title race.

The offer was rejected out of hand and Huddersfield officials were quoted as saying that the minimum valuation of Rhodes had not been met.

Blackburn then declared their interest in the summer transfer window, knowing full well that Rhodes had been priced at £8 million by his club following their promotion, and proceeded to let the speculation roll on and on until, finally, last week they made on offer. £2m. What?

A quarter of the established price, and they expected Huddersfield to take them seriously.

Now that that’s over with they want John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City, a player who apparently has a virus that is preventing him from playing, and even if he recovers has several Premier League suitors (including Liverpool and Sunderland).

So why choose Blackburn?

 

“Kean is gone if Blackburn go on a losing streak”

 

The latest farce at Ewood is the ‘global adviser’ (what the hell is he actually advising them about?) mentioning in passing that Kean would be sacked if he lost three games in a row this season, and that 30-year-old forward Morten Gamst Pedersen, in my opinion the most talented player in Blackburn’s squad at present and someone they are bloody lucky to still have around, is a ‘pensioner’.

He is known for his forthright comments on Asian TV and, in his ‘I-must-say-something-anything-will-do-quickly-before-this-gets-out-of-hand’ apology he talked more bollocks about ‘blunt honesty’.

Let’s face it – Kean is gone if Blackburn go on a losing streak this season and look like they won’t go up, that’s what Singh is ‘bluntly’ saying, apology or not.

So it seems okay if you are the manager at Blackburn to be relegated from the top division, have players turning against you, have pretty much all the fans wanting you out, chasing players you clearly can’t afford, chasing players you’ll never get, signing players you don’t need (Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu, are either of those two strikers, full backs or centre backs?) and acting as though you don’t know what everyone’s problem is.

All that’s fine.

But don’t lose three games in a row, or you’re out.

And don’t refuse to accept any apologies, or you’re out. Farce much?

Steve Kean is 4/1 (brilliant value) to be the first Championship manager to be sacked this season with Stan James; incidentally this makes him second favourite in the division behind Ipswich manager Paul Jewell at 7/2.

William Hill are offering 7/2 for Kean, Pedersen and Singh to have all left before the end of the season.

I would take the former but not the latter, as Singh seems likely to cling on irrespective of what’s going on around him.

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Rovers reject Bunn offer

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Rovers reject Bunn offer

Lancashire Telegraph

 

Rovers have rejected a bid for goalkeeper Mark Bunn from Premier League Norwich City – as they continue to try keep the majority of their squad together.

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Rovers Fans in Kiev for England game.....

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We Want Our Rovers Back !!!!

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Revealed: Facebook role in Blackburn transfers as fans prepare for government meeting

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Revealed: Facebook role in Blackburn transfers as fans prepare for government ...sportingintelligenceBy Nick Harris The chaotic way in which Blackburn Rovers has been run under the ownership of Venky's is further exposed today by the revelation...
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Givet may force Blackburn Rovers exit following 50 per cent pay cut

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GAEL Givet could be forced to quit Blackburn Rovers this summer – due to a clause in his contract that would cut his wages in half.

 

The Ewood Park favourite could be tempted to stay at Rovers next season, despite their Premier League relegation, but only if a clause in his current deal can be renegotiated.

Givet’s contract states that a drop into the Championship would automatically bring about a 50 per cent pay cut, leaving him wanting out on those terms He is seeking talks with Rovers officials in the coming days to see if a compromise could be reached, with several clubs from France understood to be waiting to pounce.

Nathou Busi, a representative for Givet, said: “Gael’s first choice is to stay at Blackburn Rovers but only if the situation can be sorted.

“We will have discussions with the club because Gael cannot continue in this situation. We hope something can get sorted.

“Gael very much likes Blackburn Rovers. He likes the fans and wants to stay if the contract can get sorted.

“He would want other things sorted at the club as well because no-one knows what is happening. But he would like to stay if he can.”

Givet, 30, initially signed on loan for Rovers from Marseille in January 2009, before signing a four-year deal for £3.5m that summer.

The former French international quickly established himself as a mainstay of Rovers’ defence under former boss Sam Allardyce, winning players player of the year in his first full season.

He has continued in a similar robust fashion, earning the tag of ‘warrior’ among supporters and even being handed the captain’s armband on occasions.

Givet would have several suitors should he opt to quit Ewood this summer, with a return to his homeland understood to be tempting for him.

He will hope his contract crisis can be sorted out with Rovers but, as the owners continue to dally over deciding on manager Steve Kean’s future, Givet fears his own situation will linger on.

With Scott Dann expected to depart this summer, Givet and Grant Hanley would be Rovers’ only two centre backs left at the club - with Givet very much seen by some as the key to building a promotion winning squad.

Meanwhile midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen has pledged to see out the remainder of his contract at Ewood Park despite the club's relegation from the Premier League.

The 30-year-old Norway international is halfway through the four-year deal he signed in May 2010 and, despite being linked with a move away, Pedersen insists he is fully committed to the club.

"There have been some speculation and questions from the media about my future," he said.

"My response to that is that I have a contract with Blackburn Rovers and I intend to honour that.

"As a football player the relegation was the worst thing that has ever happened to me," he wrote on his website www.gamst.co.uk.

"As a Blackburn fan it was devastating, it was cruel and I cannot describe the feeling I had when the relegation was clear and the season was over."

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The Curious Case of Venky's: Astute Indian Business People or - Blrb

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Venky's have broken their perceived policy of not communicating with fans to let them all know that they are 'confused' about the future of Blackburn Rovers, leaving the club in limbo, turmoil and exacerbating the uncertainty that already ...
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Relegation was the worst thing that has ever happened to me, as a Blackburn fan, it was devastating

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It’s been a while since I’ve been blogging now, but our position on the table wasn’t good and I felt it was better to focus on football. As a football player the relegation was the worst thing that has ever happened to me, as a Blackburn fan, it was devastating, it was cruel and I can not describe the feeling I had when the relegation was clear and the season was over.

 

There have been some speculation and questions from the media and here on the blog about my future, my respond to that is that I have a contract with Blackburn Rovers, and I intend to honour that.

Now I’m with the national team, and we will play against England and Croatia. I’ve never played against England before so I’m looking foreward to that, and after the match against Croatia, it is holiday. And I look very much forward to a few weeks of rest with family and friends. Right now we’re just training and enjoying the summer that has arrived Oslo.

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Newcastle United eyeing up move for Blackburn Rovers midfielder - Tyne Time

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As would expect, a lot of Blackburn Rovers players are interesting clubs in the Premier League following their relegation to the nPower Championship. Junior Hoilett, Mauro Formica, Yakubu, and now Steven N’Zonzi are all thought to be leaving Ewood Park this summer. N’Zonzi is now, apparently, a target for Alan Pardew and Newcastle United. By trade, N’Zonzi a defensive midfielder so he would probably provide back-up to Cheik Tioté when he suffers inevitable suspensions next season , or indeed provide cover for the Ivorian when the Europa League kicks off. As we know, NUFC are already working steam ahead on the transfer front and are expected to announce a couple of signings very soon.

I’ve managed to watch N’Zonzi a little bit this season, and he is quite a solid player. He’s young, strong, and possesses a fairly decent strike as well. At 23 years of age, and with Blackburn Rovers in a perilous situation – they’ll be eager to sell and raise funds. The likes of Hoilett, and even Morten Gamst Pedersen will have no problem finding a club in the Premier League so there might be a bit of value to be had with everything considered.

SkySports are running the story that Newcastle, alongside seven other clubs are in contact with N’Zonzi’s representative. Sunderland happen to be one of those clubs too, as well as Spurs (no surprise), Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton.
If one Chelsea or Spurs come calling he’ll probably make the move to London, but I’m 100% sure Alan Pardew has N’Zonzi slightly down his wish-list – with the Frenchman a possible Plan B or C. 

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Ryan Nelsen considers suing Blackburn Rovers after they scrap golden handshake before Tottenham move

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Former skipper 'devastated' as golden handshake is withheld over dispute (RT @MirrorFootball: New blow: Nelsen may sue relegated Rovers as they scrap his payoff http://t.co/9ld35TfY...)...
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Hoilett WILL leave Rovers this summer

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JUNIOR Hoilett will leave Blackburn Rovers this summer after the club's Premier League relegation, according to sources close to the player.

 

Rovers boss Steve Kean said last weekend last ditch talks would be held to keep the in demand winger - but the Canadian can't be persuaded to stay.

Top clubs from home and abroad are interested in signing the winger, who is out of contract this summer.

A source close to Hoilett said: "There is no chance that Junior can now stay at Blackburn Rovers.

"He has loved his time at the club but he wants to be playing at the highest level possible.

"He will look at all his options. The staff and the players know he is leaving and wish him the best." 

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Fans group granted government meeting

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The fans’ group campaigning for the removal of Blackburn manager Steve Kean have been granted meetings with Government and the Premier League to air their concerns.

 

The BRFC Action Group have long called for the removal of Kean and claim owners Venky’s, the Indian poultry firm, are not fit and proper persons to run the club.

Their campaign has been stepped up since the club was relegated from the Barclays Premier League amid scenes of unrest and protest at Ewood Park last week.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw has facilitated a meeting of the fans with sports minister Hugh Robertson next month and the Premier League have agreed in principle to meet them too.

A statement from the BRFC Action Group committee read: “We as a group of supporters, elected by its members, are disgusted that our club has been allowed to be pillaged with very little resistance from the regulatory bodies who should act in the best interest of the sport and supporters.”

The action group’s chairman Glen Mullan said in the statement: “This will give us an opportunity to put our case to the highest authorities and offer supporting evidence to why we feel that our club’s activities has not been monitored at all, since the FA granted Venky’s (status as) a fit and proper owners.

Many fans pinpoint the club’s takeover by Venky’s 18 months ago as the start of their demise.

Venky’s sacked Allardyce soon into their stewardship and appointed Kean, who was the subject of demonstrations throughout this season’s struggles.

Blackburn Rovers declined to comment.

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