The Blackburn squad or what remains of it, travels to India to play the Red Lizards of Pune over the weekend. Itai??i??s a nice way to get away from the pressures of Blackburn and get on with some team-building and sight-seeing. Thatai??i??s possibly the view of manager Steve Kean. But our guess would be that he rather fancies that heai??i??s getting away from the fans who have asked for his head for some time now and almost sang him out after a crushing defeat at the hands of Manchester City..

“Kean out” chant by the fans

Apparently, Venkyai??i??s has made a mess of the team that is the only one outside Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to have won the Premier League. Of course, that came due to the spending spree that then owner Jack Walker went on, purchasing the likes of Alan Shearer. But as we look back over the past 12 months, Venkyai??i??s have taken a mid-table stable club to the relegation-threatened one. And it could be because of the fact that these guys came in with high standards and ridiculous claims. Everything happened with the help of the dubious Jerome Anderson, who is an agent and works for SEM. This firm, along with their partner, Kentaro, has apparently influenced the ownersai??i?? decisions all the way.

Up until now, the most controversial and damaging decision was to let go Sam Allardyce. A manager who brought them from the brink of relegation and stabilized them was removed over alleged signing issues. Anderson and Kentaroai??i??s decisions to sign some players went against the manager and Venkyai??i??s went about removing the obstacle and installing Steve Kean, a man represented by Jerome Anderson himself.

If that was not enough, the team signed a pre-contract with Jerome Andersonai??i??s son, Myles. Then came the ludicrous claims of bringing in Ronaldinho and Raul. For a club battling relegation, this was not just a mere stretch, but a fantasy. Kean went on claiming that contracts for these players would be worked out in the near term and tried to calm reports of this just being a dream. Of course, the two did not come to the club, as expected. But in place he bought a Scottish unknown named Goodwillie.

Such preposterous decisions have been the reason that Venkyai??i??s is now is a joke in UK. Being called ai???poultry farmersai??? all along, the Indian owners are ridiculed in every section of the paper. After a poor run last year, Kean somehow managed to pull off a miracle and keep Blackburn afloat. The owners must have been delighted, but their management will always be in question. For instance, Kean travels to India once a month to chat with Anuradha Desai, the matriarch of the Venkyai??i??s venture..

Venky’s at a match

The brothers are seen at games wearing suits and sporting ponytails, trying to understand what is unfolding before them. Clearly they bought this club to promote their product and they arenai??i??t the first. But then using their players to make a ridiculous advert to sell a product was nonsensical. We would be amazed to know how many people in India know any Blackburn player. Without understanding the culture of football, Venkyai??i??s taking over the club is akin to diving into a pool without learning how to swim.

However, the team is not that bad. It is a good team which a decent manager can keep in the middle of the table, maybe even sneaking into the top half. Players like Samba, Robinson, Johnson and many others may warrantee a place in many other squads around the League. But the fault lies with the owners for getting rid of a popular and successful manager and rocking the boat that already had a few holes in it. Then to steady the boat, they brought in a manager who has never managed a first team and never really played at the highest level. Kean has been the whipping boy of the league so far this season and only saw fewer columns in the papers because Arsene Wenger was making a fool of himself elsewhere..

Steve Kean

The current season has started very badly and there is no sign that this will improve without the manager going, or some drastic change in the players and tactics as they are out of sorts and out of ideas. The only win in the League came against a clueless Arsenal that did more for Blackburn than Blackburn itself. After the win, Kean tried to make good with the press and fans by interviewing for everyone who asked him, and in the process saying how his team was back. Nobody pointed out to him that they had only beaten Arsenal, who were thrashed at Old Trafford, scraped a win against Swansea and were beaten thoroughly by Liverpool. And who scored more goals than they did in the match for Blackburn.

Itai??i??s not a team that gets a lot of mentions around the place, but we felt it was worth displaying the carelessness and stupidity that has gone on at the club for the past year. Blackburn has Venkyai??i??s to blame and Venkyai??i??s have themselves to blame. Whatever the owners might say to calm the supporters, they cannot stop the singing from the terraces for the managerai??i??s head. They need to make a decision fast, before the fans turn their heads against them. Then there will be hell to pay, and not even free nuggets for the season will stop the fans clucking around with protests. Right now, Blackburn is like a headless chicken, running wild. Something needs to be done to stop the chaos.

Article written by Guest Author ai??i?? Aditya Inamdar

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4 Responses to “Blackburn Rovers : The Tale Of Blackburnt Nuggets”

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  1. Aditya Sharma says:

    “Apparently, Venky’s has made a mess of the team that is the only one outside Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to have won the Premier League.”
    What?

  2. Aditya Inamdar says:

    1994-95 … season where their star was Shearer and manager was Kenny Dalglish!

  3. AMod D Kulkarni says:

    I think the situation is not that bad… Rovers are scoring enough goals up front this season , 8 in 7 matches but have been very poor defensively and that’s where the problem lies , on field that is !

  4. Aditya Inamdar says:

    You have to know that 2 of those goals are own goals and they missed 2 penalties in 1 game and lost that same game due to a penalty right at the end …