Blackburn Rovers came into this game needing a win to give them a chance of avoiding relegation, maybe a point would do, but they desperately needed the three points to take them level on points with QPR, and Bolton who will have a game in hand. These were the tactics which Steve Kean decided would be best suited to achieving this aim. He was obviously luring Blackburn’s two remaining opponents, Wigan and Chelsea, into a false sense of security. Having seen this they’ll think Blackburn are rubbish and slump to defeat – giving Blackburn 6 points and Premier League safety! Genius. The 0 shots on goal they managed in this game will mean Ali Al Habsi and Petr Cech won’t turn Read more..
After all the recent troubles at Blackburn Rovers, the club and it’s fans have found themselves the subjects of much media attention. Their criticism of Steve Kean has been derided by people who wouldn’t normally give the club a second thought, and suddenly everyone is a judge of Blackburn’s “owners”, manager, and now it’s fans too. This criticism and apparent lack of understanding amongst the mainstream media, has lead to a group of Blackburn fans publishing this united statement. Whilst some of the abuse Steve Kean has been getting has been uncalled for, there is no doubt that if the club wants to move forward there needs to be changes. Actually, forget about moving forward. Read more..
In our previous articles on Blackburn, Steve Kean, and Venky’s, we were amongst the small percentage of people who thought Kean deserved a chance. Ironically, we were probably the 1%. In early November we highlighted the Christmas run in as Kean’s chance to recover an almost unrecoverable situation by winning some home games before the two difficult trips to Anfield and Old Trafford. So here we are, and the festivities were over before they began for Blackburn and Kean. A win against Swansea – a team with the league’s worst away record – didn’t convince anyone that the team had turned a corner, not least the fans who stuck to their guns even during a Read more..
It’s like some sort of sadistic “KEAN OUT” party at Blackburn lately. Balloons daubed with the “supporter’s” favourite new slogan, banners held high as more fans try to get their picture in the newspapers (now controversially banned from the ground), and even the ridiculous sight of a plane flying over Ewood Park carrying the same message behind it, which will, no doubt, be quipped about by the comedians on the Match of the Day panel tonight. All this was taking place during a game in which they were the equals of, if not better than, last season’s second place team – the multi-millionaires of Chelsea FC. In the modern game there is no patience shown Read more..
“Kean out” read the banners around Ewood Park yesterday, as Blackburn fans voiced their discontent at a 4-0 defeat against a resurgent Manchester City, a side who came into the game with their own troubles, but theirs seemed easily cast aside with a bit of multi-million pound squad rotation. Manchester City’s banner read “Tevez out”, but they can replace him with Aguero/Balotelli/Dzeko/Nasri etc, etc. Who do Blackburn replace Kean with? And is it really Kean who needs replacing, or is it their owners? Venky’s appointed Kean as manager, after making the strange decision to sack Sam Allardyce in December 2010. At this point the club were lying mid-table in the Premier League, having finished 10th Read more..
You might not think it, but Phil Jones has been a Premier League footballer for well over a year now. He used to play for a team called Blackburn Rovers, who play their home games at Ewood Park in Blackburn, Lancashire. Whilst at Blackburn he excelled in two positions – central defence and central midfield – but would pop up all over the pitch and make driving runs forward from defence in the style of his fellow defender Christopher Samba. Despite never scoring for the club, fans could see that he possessed a decent shot and you regularly heard the calls of “shooooot” from the terraces as he took the ball towards the opposition area Read more..
Any success Blackburn Rovers have this season will surely be down to their new pre-match preparations, sponsored by Venky’s, which includes a feast of chicken in tasty sauce. A recent Venky’s advert shows Rovers players tucking in to a selection of chicken thighs and drum sticks before a game, as they ditch the modern scientific approach to pre-match preparation in favour of a more Neanderthal one. Steve Keane was spotted in one out take sat on the floor in the corner of the dressing room with a bottle of Scotch and tasty haggis dish, but this was edited out of the final version as it isn’t chicken related. The advertisement may well have been targeted at the Read more..
Blackburn Rovers have looked north of the border for the second time this summer, by signing David Goodwillie from Dundee United for a fee which may eventually approach £3m. Their first signing this summer was that of left sided English defender Myles Anderson from Aberdeen. Blackburn beat Rangers to the signing of Goodwillie, who will hope to continue the form he showed during his last season at Dundee, where he scored just under a goal every other game. It is an interesting signing for Blackburn, who have been through their fair share of reasonable but never prolific strikers in the past couple of seasons, and many would have expected them to go for someone a Read more..
Since the Venky’s takeover, there has been much speculation about the financial muscle Blackburn Rovers might have when it comes to attracting players to the club. Can they compete with the likes of Spurs and Liverpool for the standard of player they need to take them to the European qualification they seek? Or should the club, who were one of many teams in a tight relegation battle last season, be setting their sights merely on survival? So far they haven’t ruffled any feathers. No one really knows how much Venky’s are willing to pay out in transfer fees, even compared with teams of similar stature such as Sunderland and Aston Villa, they haven’t really made Read more..