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Phil McNulty | 14:43 UK time, Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The sight of Yakubu chasing a chicken draped in a Blackburn Rovers flag around Wigan Athletic's penalty area almost symbolised the farce that has unfolded at Ewood Park under owners Venky's.

It was an incident that offered plenty of material for jokes at the expense of Blackburn and the Indian poultry group that has presided over relegation from the Premier League, confirmed by Monday's 1-0 defeat at Ewood Park.

And yet this is no laughing matter for Blackburn. There is sadness that one of the grand old institutions of English football is accompanied into the Championship by scenes of acrimony and protest that have marked the decline since Venky's completed a £43m takeover from the Jack Walker Trust in November 2010.

From being in trusted hands associated with the great local businessman and benefactor whose finances helped Blackburn win the Premier League in 1995, relegation comes under the stewardship of absentee owners with both a geographical and philosophical disconnection from supporters.

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When Venky's bought into Blackburn, the mission statement was to preserve and build on Walker's legacy. It has been squandered to such an extent that the loss to Wigan that sealed relegation may not be the end of that downward spiral.

Venky's first major decision set the tone for their reign, sacking Sam Allardyce a month into their tenure. He was not a manager to everyone's taste at Blackburn but one who had stabilised the club in 13th place in the table and looked to be building solid foundations.

In his place came Steve Kean, at an immediate disadvantage as a managerial rookie who was swiftly seen as the front man for a regime treated with growing suspicion by Blackburn's supporters.

Allardyce's departure was followed within two months by the resignation of highly respected executive chairman John Williams, a key figure in 14 years at the club and a stabilising influence throughout the post-Walker years.

It led to a vacuum at the top of the club and former Rovers striker Kevin Gallacher told BBC Sport: "Sam had lost a job at Newcastle because new owners came in and I don't think even he believed it would happen a second time, but it did.

"You then thought they would keep a managing director - someone like John Williams - in place for a couple of years to get used to the system. But he went, so it was like taking the bricks off the top of the house and losing the foundations at the same time."

The Blackburn dream under Venky's was talk of Raul, Ronaldinho and David Beckham playing at Ewood Park. The reality will be played out in the Championship next season.

And throughout this ill-starred season, Kean has been the lightning rod for disaffection with Venky's - not helped by poor results leading to fierce hostility directed at him by his own supporters.

Blackburn's fans have been heavily criticised for their treatment of Kean. Indeed, the personal abuse aimed at the manager during the 2-1 home defeat by Bolton in December was among the worst I have heard.

But Gallacher, an Ewood Park regular as a media pundit, mounts a defence for the supporters. He says: "I think lots of the people who criticise Rovers fans are those who have come to the ground once every so often, or get feedback or see it on television.

"When you are in the town daily, living with it as a supporter, when you are not getting feedback from the club then frustrations mount, especially when they are seeing poor results on the pitch and the club being threatened with relegation.

"I'm not defending everything that has gone on but often people look from outside and feel the fans are doing it all wrong. There is a lot more to it than that and I think there is a lot of understandable frustration there.

"Steve is a brave man for going through what he's gone through and you have to wonder why he has taken so much stick. Bigger people than him would have walked away. It is unfortunate for Steve that he is the focus for Venky's and also for a football team that have not been getting results."

Attention will now turn again to Venky's and Kean as Blackburn's followers, despondent by the events of the season, prepare for life in the Championship.

Gallacher says: "It is going to be a rebuilding job at Blackburn, whether it is under Venky's and Steve Kean or someone else. I think the time for reconciliation between the fans and the people who run the football club has gone now.

"People used to say it was 50-50 but I would say it is 80-20 against or even more now. I think a lot of people would like to see them sell up and go now but who knows what will happen? Will it be harder to get people to take the club on now it is in the Championship?

"When Venky's came in they were making big promises about financing, big-time signings and Champions League football. The reality has been different and nothing has materialised."

So Blackburn now face the uncertainty of life in a lower tier while waiting for the next move from owners separated from the fan base and without the sure touch provided by figures such as Walker and Williams in the past.

And Gallacher fears this mood shrouding the club will now impact on Blackburn's attempt to make a swift return to the Premier League.

"When Blackburn went down in 1999 I was part of that," he recalls. "The club took a heavy knock, of course, but there was a different atmosphere around the place. There was still a buzz that Blackburn would bounce right back but right now it is flat. There is no spring in the step or optimism about.

"It has been one long hard slog this season and Monday night just finished it off."


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  • Comment number 1.

    Couldn't be happier. Here's hoping QPR go with them

  • Comment number 2.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 3.

    What I cant understand is why did the Venky´d buy Blackburn ?

    I do feel sorry for the supporters and the late Jack Walker.

  • Comment number 4.

    The biggest mistake was sacking Allardyce. His teams' style of play isn't always pretty. But it is effective. And was effective for Blackburn. He appeared to be building solid foundations for Blackburn to start moving up the table. They then replaced him with an inexperienced rookie with similar tactics, except they weren't effective and instead of winning ugly, Blackburn were losing ugly.

    I hope that Blackburn are able to rebuild and come back up. But they'll probably need new owners who are prepared to let a new manager come in and do his job and additional cash to help rebuild the team.

  • Comment number 5.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 6.

    Why would you feel sorry for Jack Walker? Don't think he'll be too bothered at this point...

    He bought the league just like Abramovich did and Citeh are about to do - no difference there.

  • Comment number 7.

    There was Roberto Martinez congratulating his players saying it's down to them when they cross the white line. Don't think Blackburn fans see their team that way.

    It would be hard for any player when the fans are not getting behind the team. Protesting during games instead of supporting the players doesn't make any sense, and look where they will be next season.

  • Comment number 8.

    I have felt the club had this coming since they sacked big Sam, it was a disgraceful decision! As a villa fan I have to say i really feel sorry for the Blackburn fans and I think seeing them is the only reason we havent turned on McLeish more in public than we have!

    What can fans do when their beloved club gets bought by foreign owners who have little to no understanding of English football and how it works. Same at villa that football people are not in senior roles and bad decisions are made regarding the managers. No communication is there so you worry that they cant see what we all can that they have made an awful decision and are too stubborn or tight to put it right!

    Therefore protests now seem to be the only way to let the club know what the fans feel but the fans money is so small compared to the TV money that we still appear to have no voice. I have no doubt Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool fans would be equally as bad if their teams all of sudden got rid of their managers and replaced them with people who have either never managerd before or got a cv littered with relegation like McLeish

    The press find it easy to embarrass the fans, I have protested in the only way I am prepared to. Keeping my money in my pocket and my weekends free from going to the ground. Villas crowds will be 25,000 next season if McLeish stays!

  • Comment number 9.

    For Blackburn in the North, substitute Portsmouth in the South, throw in Rangers in Scotland, an administration here, an administration there.

    Welcome to the world of Football the business, Football the sport died 20 years ago.

    So long as fans continue to be seen by businessmen as a never ending "milking of the cow", the game will continue down its ruinous route.

    Eventually the economic mess we are in will engulf football

    Which club is next ?

  • Comment number 10.

    Makes a mockery of the FAs 'fit and proper persons' test that a group like Venky's is allowed anywhere near a football club. Blackburn were an established premier league side and now it's really hard to see them getting out of the championship in the near future.

    On the plus side, as a supporter of a championship club it'll be nice to get a chance to go to ewood park, heard its a cracking ground.

  • Comment number 11.

    At the risk of sounding like a "What about the animals?" Activist, what a stupid "stunt" by the Blackburn supporters. Poor thing was probably terrified. Although, granted, not as terrified as it'd be if it was in one of Venky's plants, but still.

  • Comment number 12.

    Also nice to see an article in the media taking a look at it from the fans' perspective.

  • Comment number 13.

    Why did the chicken cross the football pitch?

  • Comment number 14.

    With Steve Kean as my manager I'd struggle to get motivated! Blackburn have a few quality players and they deserve better clubs than relegation fodder to be honest, so I'm not disappointed to see them relegated.

  • Comment number 15.

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  • Comment number 16.

    The big question about Blackburn is whether the fans' discontent added fuel to the fire of relegation, or whether they were trying to prevent the fire.

    Venky's are obviously incompetent owners, but with better support, it is hard to imagine Blackburn performing as bad as, or worse than they have.

    It is a sad state of affairs, almost like a marriage that is irreconciliable but there is no easy way out.

  • Comment number 17.

    6.At 15:47 8th May 2012, nikolaybollukov wrote:

    Jack Walker was Blackburn born and bred , he lived his dream by investing his own money in his local club.

    I dont see a problem other club´s having rich owners , it is up to the individual what he does or does not do with his own money.

    Unlike Man Utd who have American owner who are only in the business of syphoning off profits to line their own pockets.

  • Comment number 18.

    10 bcfctim
    Makes a mockery of the FAs 'fit and proper persons' test that a group like Venky's is allowed anywhere near a football club.


    I may be wrong, but isn't it more of a case of Venky's not knowing what they're doing rather than any actual wrongdoing? I'm sure Blackburn would rather Venky's were in charge than, say, Craig Whyte. It's people like that the Fit and Proper Persons test should catch. Even though it didn't

  • Comment number 19.

    Number 5. If Cardiff play like they did against us over the 2 legs they will be lucky to make the play offs. Didn't even show up!

    Back on topic

    They promised champions league in 2 years but got championship.

    I heard on 606 last night that they didn't even know relegation was a possibility they thought they were buying a franchise.

    I feel really sorry for the fans as they deserve better.

    Big Sam must of cracked a smile after the way they treated him.

  • Comment number 20.

    Pretty good example of reality that Fottball clubs big or small are vehicles for abuse from people looking to raise their profile in England. See Venky's for Glazers, Hicks and Gillette.

    However poor Kean was as a manager, he got the abuse purely to the fact the landlords were absentees.

    Despite the desires for my club everton, to sell, I'll cry the day we pass it on to a company/consortium/'wealthy' owner because its the end.

    Phil, you've not mentioned or commented, that is it likely Rovers' relegation with lead to Administration? Do we know how health the finances are?

    But the hard truth is that the squad was and is poor, with the expection of a promoted side maybe Yak and Robinson might get picked up......

  • Comment number 21.

    #6 I think there is one huge difference between Jack Walker and the others who have "allegedly" bought the league.

    Jack Walker was a Blackburn man through and through who wanted his hometown club to do well and he gave them the money to do it. He was a supporter of the club and man who allied himself with the traditions of the club.

    Unlike Chelsea and Man City and many other owners who have very little spiritual connection to their clubs and are just wanting to own the latest "thing". Most owners would struggle to find their own clubs on a map.

  • Comment number 22.

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  • Comment number 23.

    lets be honest, There was nothing special about Sir Jack Walker as a football person. All he did was buy the league for one season and that was that. He wanted to see Blackburn win the league before he died and did so, without leaving any other long-term foundations at all.

    The Venkys were happily welcomed by Rovers fans when they arrived, who wanted them to buy another title, and were delighted when they sacked Big Sam. Maybe Blackburn fans would be better off moving on from the Sir Jack Walker years and accepting their status as a modest football club in the 21st century.

    Maybe if they'd stuck to those principles they'd still be a solid, well-run mid-table premiership club. And now the fans are blaming everyone but themselves for the clubs demise.

    The fans don't deserve a shred of sympathy.

  • Comment number 24.

    What a shambles!

    That said, with the gates as they were, is the situation along the lines of things falling into a natural order?

  • Comment number 25.

    21# He still bought.....if you want to make it feel more cuddly and warm because he's a local man then fine.....he still bought it

    Even though I say that in one breath, what other option was open to BB? They are never going to have the catchment area to bring in big gates to generate the money to compete, same for Chelsea...never going to complete with Ars/Tot so logic says buy it.....

  • Comment number 26.

    Owners just don't seem to understand football people, fans or managers. My club have just sacked Nicky Barmby after 6 months in football management. Beggars belief :-/

  • Comment number 27.

    Is great for football. For the club, of course I feel sorry, but with 2 clubs with knee-jerk sackings of managers now relegated, hopefully the message has gone across.

  • Comment number 28.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 29.

    I can't stand Allardyce or his style of football but at least he would have kept Blackburn up. I think Blackburn should be ok in the top 6 of the Championship as the squad is full of Championship players. I don't think too many will leave the club as they aren't good enough for Premiership football, I can see Hoilett, Robinson and 1 or 2 more leaving but that's it.
    Kean as a manager could only work with what he's got and contract issues with Givet and Roberts didn't help but they did look a better side when Samba the mercenary left.

  • Comment number 30.

    Blackburn have been down before

    Should still have enough pulling power to come back up

    Even Souness managed it with them

  • Comment number 31.


    I suppose venky's aren't the sort of people the fit and proper persons test is designed to wheedle out, but even so I'd argue the neglect and absenteeism they have shown is just as harmful to the club as what Craig Whyte did.

    I suppose it should be down to the clubs themselves to ensure they're getting an owner who has the interests of the club rather than their wallet at heart, but if you're going to have a test, at least make the test fit and proper!

  • Comment number 32.

    The abuse meted out to Steve Kean throughout the season has been shameful. If he had worked in any business except sport, the owners of the club/ company would have been obliged to protect him from bullying from its customers (that's what fans are after all) or be in trouble themselves. My view is that the Blackburn fans didn't deserve success this season if they thought that sort of behaviour was acceptable. As Robbie Savage said last night, he's a human being.

  • Comment number 33.

    @22 - Yipee, David from Hull is back!

  • Comment number 34.

    Goodbye Blackburn Rovers. Match of the Day back-end fodder for too long. Take Bolton with you, please.

  • Comment number 35.

    26. At 16:08 8th May 2012, tigershuffle wrote:

    My club have just sacked Nicky Barmby after 6 months in football management.

    Well, if he manages anything like the way he played, then it sounds like a wise move, to me.

    When Barmby was on loan to Forest, immediately after he got subbed in the East Midlands Clásico with Derby, he stormed out of Pride Park and got a taxi home!

    Very professional(!) :shakesheaddisapprovingly:

  • Comment number 36.

    We have to go through outpouring of emotion every season as three teams are relegated, whether its Wolves ("we're a big club"), West 'am ("Bobby Moore and the tradition of football means we shoudl be in the EPL"), or Blackburn (in reality a small club, no support, bankrolled to the title in their time).

    Lets move to regional franchises by combining teams with no relegation:

    Manchester Ci-ted
    Sheffield Wed-ed

  • Comment number 37.

    I feel for the supporters and can fully appreciate how it must feel seeing your club going through such turmoil .


    Blame Kean as much a you want but over the majority of the season, and especially over the last few weeks, the players haven't shown the passion, grit and determination you'd think they'd show with a top flight palce at stake.

    When you look at how Wigan responded when they looked certain to go down you it's hard not to think that Blackburn deserved what they got.

    If you're going down, go with a fight.

    Much rather see teams in the league who will fight tooth and nail for what they have

  • Comment number 38.

    Kean has been the punchbag for fans and owners at this club. Fans have a right to protest but when its a substitute for backing their team on the park it becomes counter-productive.

    Sorry that Blackburn got relegated tbh always seemed a decent mid-table team but as we've seen at Rangers when you rely on a sugar-daddy there will always be a risk that the owner doesn't meet expectations, doesn't invest in the club, is absent and fails to manage the club properly in terms building a rapport with the fans.

    The fans however, should not have targeted the manager but the owners, and came up with something a bit more creative and forceful than marches, meeting and chants.

  • Comment number 39.

    No football club now days is well run......most survive on the fated generousity of others to keep the wolves from the door, others run so fincially close to the wind and rely on the never failing line of supporters who want to buy the product.

    There was a time when football grounds were barely half full yet the teams survived....

    Even Man U, one of the few clubs with mass appeal who could afford to build a big ground knowing the supporters would fill have now tied themselves to financial model which will cripple even them should the bubble burst

    The blog should focus not on BB's relegation a mere symptom of the problem at large, poorly run football clubs

  • Comment number 40.

    They paid what. - 43 million !!!!!! The Walker family saw them coming didn't they ? Reading will go the same way too. They will regret getting involved with a Son and billionaire Dad, and they are Russian Mafia too. Gaydamek mark 2

  • Comment number 41.

    @ Soul Patch -
    If Steve Kean is a "class act" and it's the fans fault. Why did you refer to him as a pub manager in a blog back in December???? #stopitnow

  • Comment number 42.


    After Dave

    Any comment on your home twon town club sacking there manager?

  • Comment number 43.

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  • Comment number 44.


    Sorry that should have been afternoon Dave

  • Comment number 45.

    With refrence to how us Rovers fans have treated Steve Kean please bear in mind this man has lied to us constantly ie "I wont sell Samba" he is gone "I promise big signings" Who Scott Dann from relagated Birmingham "Ryan Nelson club captain is injured" next thing he is signed by Spurs. "Givet was not right mentaly to play" Givet says he was and the next game he is man of the match. Then there is his refusal to communicate with the fans at any level. Please bear in mind last nights games was for the majority of fans first chance to vent our embarssment at the performace we showed at Spurs. Even after last nights defeat he continued to show his lack of knowledge by insiting his players gave it all. Any self respecting football fan who watched last nights game knows its not true.
    Now dont get me wrong I dont blame him for not resiging as if I was in his postion I would wait for the compensation but that does not mean as a rovers fan I should not vent my frustration and secondly for £15,000 a week and failing at my job I would expect critism.

  • Comment number 46.


    When I first heard that I laughed thinking it was just a crazy rumour! But apparently there's some legs in it - ominously, officials at the club aren't denying it

  • Comment number 47.


    Love the names.....if not the idea

  • Comment number 48.

    @35 - You should know plenty about Hull considering they are your home team!

  • Comment number 49.

    I feel sorry for Backburn. Traditionally a very tough opponent for Manchester United but these owners sank them, no question about it.

  • Comment number 50.


    There was nothing offensive - merely factual inaccuracies - in my post.

    There, fixed it for you ;)

  • Comment number 51.

    41. At 16:15 8th May 2012, The magic syrup of Demba Ba wrote:

    @ Soul Patch -
    If Steve Kean is a "class act" and it's the fans fault. Why did you refer to him as a pub manager in a blog back in December???? #stopitnow

    Behave yourself!

    If you check that poster's history, then you'll see that that wasn't me.

    There was a time when it was, bizarrely, ''in vogue'' for people to change their display name to the same as mine, or register with near identical usernames.

  • Comment number 52.

    Venky's fault. Hicks and Gillett could have relegated us had they been there much longer. Their legacy will be felt at Anfield for a long time. Poor owners are a disease and they are the core of Blackburn's problem. Feel bad for Kean. Good man, not that bad at his job, just given an impossible task as his first managerial role.

  • Comment number 53.


    I feel sorry for people with backburn!!
    (couldn't resist)

  • Comment number 54.


    Does not sound like Dave supports his home town club

  • Comment number 55.

    I can appreciate why they sacked Allardyce - even the West Ham fans boo his tactics.

    They should have got a proper replacement however, rather than the guy that played a shadowy role in levering himself into the manager's position.

    Never mind QPR or BOlron - why can't they take Stoke down with them?

  • Comment number 56.

    @5 I doubt it. Personally I hope Cardiff don't go up from, let alone "walk" the Championship next season unless they become a lot more interesting than they are now. I'm not sure how much they and their fans have earned the tag "the Millwall of Wales" I've often heard about them (no disrespect to what I'm sure is the majority of Millwall fans who are decent and trouble-free) but they need also to not deserve that.

  • Comment number 57.


    Has to be said if there is any truth in this, why not? As much as I argue against this type of ownership, fans can't be fussy that if you are happy to accept the cash and not expect the new guys want something in return.....

  • Comment number 58.

    It's an interesting one. As a Newcastle fan, we've been through our fair share of managers, and there were ones that fell foul of the fans' affections. However, I've never known another club create such a poisonous atmosphere during the middle of a must-win game, especially when Blackburn were very much still in with a chance. When you're 4-0 down, then I can expect a bad atmosphere. At the final whistle, then I can expect boos and jeers. Not though in the middle of a crucial game with the score at 0-0.

    As much as I agree that Venky's are terrible owners and Kean is a poor manager, Blackburn fans have to shoulder some responsibility. The harsh, poisonous and negative atmosphere that they've created during finally-balanced matches won't have helped inspire their players, and I bet several Blackburn points have gone begging as a result.

    They say that the crowd can be a 12th man. Well in contrast for most of 2011/2012, Blackburn have effectively been playing with 10 men.

  • Comment number 59.

    Blackburn's average attendance is apparently 22,551. Assuming 3,000 away supporters, that's 19,551. Venky's paid £34m I believe.

    So, if each Blackburn fan that has been shouting about Kean and Venky's out put's their hand in their pocket to the tune of £1,739, they might get their wish.

  • Comment number 60.

    @51 - Nothing you say anymore can be taken seriously as we all know that you have never been to the Nou or Bernabau

  • Comment number 61.

    43.At 16:16 8th May 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:
    Did my comment get moderated because I referred to Blackburn fans as ''plebs''??!!

    That's not a swear word!

    There was nothing offensive - merely factual accuracies - in my post. :rollseyes:
    Less factual accuracies, more your continued hatred of anything or anyone who is associated with English football. Unless of course they have some connection, no matter how remote to Spanish football. Still no comment about EPL-CL head to head results in CL in last 10 years?
    EPL - 26 wins. La Liga - 21 wins

  • Comment number 62.

    Pleb is not a swear word!!!


  • Comment number 63.

    @62 - No it's not, but it is insulting

  • Comment number 64.


    What a load of rubbish the BBC does not allow identical usernames

    This is what you wrote:

    2. At 07:29 21st Dec 2011, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:
    Kean should stay. The perfect pub manager for a pub level club in a pub league.

  • Comment number 65.

    Its interesting that people have seen the televised games against Bolton (Dec) and Wigan now. Few comments about the inability of the 'manager' to lead and motivate the teams and commenting instead on the fans. Did the fan protests (which didn't start until earlier this season) somehow cause the negative results (from mid-table stability under Allardyce and a well run club) which started as soon as Kean was able to impose himself on the team.

    Kean has lied and spun to the media all season (commenting on his bodyguards when no record of any requirement (police arrests/compliants/incidents, no reporting by local paper) has been noted. Instead he has relied on the sympathy of the media and opposing fans. The old boys managers club has stood up staunchly for him - most grateful for the easy six points.

    "If he had worked in any business except sport, the owners of the club/ company would have been obliged to protect him from bullying from its customers"

    And indeed - if he had worked in any business and had performed so poorly (markedly against his predecessor) and failed to keep customers happy, then in other walks of life, he would have been removed.

    There is open resentment all across Rovers, with a leaked letter from the chief exec allegedly identifying that Kean had lost the dressing room in December and should be removed. Ignored by the owners (who are the true culprits). However, lets face it, Kean's 'dignity' in facing the challenge (turn up, be incompetent, get paid well) can be put against his conviction in court for lying, his lying to media/supporters and the rumours that persist in his role in being appointed.

    The true villains are the Venkys but Kean is their self-serving appointee and, since the Venkys are conspicuous by their absence, fans have no avenue of protest towards them. The utter disconnect offered by the owners (do they care about relegation) has alienated what was a powerful presence in the community. Rovers fans do not expect Premiership football, most of us acknowledge we have been spoilt over the years but what we expect is that the club is part of the community and acts with respect towards its customers. Sadly that has been missing and the disconnect will happen in the Championship (where fans will be accused of being fickle for not attending) as people cannot identify themselves with this incarnation of Blackburn Rovers.

    And if I ever wanted to know my moral compass was correct - find a "SoulPatch" comment and know that I disagreed with it entirely.

  • Comment number 66.

    64. At 16:28 8th May 2012, Robbie wrote:

    What a load of rubbish the BBC does not allow identical usernames

    O rly? :rollseyes:

  • Comment number 67.

    Pleb.....common people of Italy or more specifically Rome...didn't know BB was an Italian hotbed......

    If so, you'd have though some of the Itallian skills would be on show at Ewood?

  • Comment number 68.

    I can see why Kean wants to stay: he will never get another job in management if he left now. He seems like a decent bloke but looks to be well out of his depth. The abuse he has received from the fans has been well over the top, but I can understand their frustrations, especially considering the ridiculous promises from the new owners.

    I can't say I'll be disappointed to see Blackburn go down, they have been a dreadfully boring team to watch for a long time and I'm still annoyed that they managed to beat us in January. Wigan are astonishing yet again, whipping boys for three quarters of the season but when it comes down to the final few games they are awesome. They play good football and it is nice to have such an underdog scrapping away every season.

    Nice to see David from Hull back amongst us. Must admit, I too took inspiration from my user name from yourself.

  • Comment number 69.


    Well I tried to register with the same name and the website would not allow it!

    Anyway Dave what do you think of your home town club sacking there manager?

  • Comment number 70.

    63. At 16:27 8th May 2012, Reinasbaldhead wrote:

    No it's not, but it is insulting

    Over half of the posts on here could be deemed as ''insulting''.

    I'm just disappointed that my expertly crafted and well argued opening post has been moderated on a mere frivolity!

  • Comment number 71.

    The circumstances surrounding the Wigan game didn't make it a must-win game - we have gone past that stage. we would have needed an extraordinary set of results to occur this evening - and Kean (as demonstrated by the lacklustre performance against Spurs) doesn't have the ability to provide that.

    This is a lot of supporter's emotional sign-off with Ewood - and people took their opportunity to register their disgust, not with an empty stadium which would have been pointless, but with the man complicit in the regime that has driven such a wedge between supporters and club. I honestly laugh when I see so much posting on his dignity - is it dignified to know you are an incompent lair and not act accordingly. Rovers fans pay for the privilidge of watching this fool in action - you lot only get the loopy highlights.

  • Comment number 72.


    And the majority of yours are not?

  • Comment number 73.

    69. At 16:35 8th May 2012, Robbie wrote:

    Well I tried to register with the same name and the website would not allow it!

    You can't register with the same name as someone else, but you can change your ''display name'' in the settings panel to anything you want.

    A lot of people started doing that, and tried to pretend to be me, in a vain attempt to discredit my expert status on these blogs. Thankfully, there's a ''this person is impersonating someone else'' option when you report a post, so I soon nipped that in the bud.

    Which ''hometown'' would that be? Oldham? Chesterfield? Hull? Bradford? People have claimed that I'm from all of these places!

  • Comment number 74.

    Firstly, Blackburn fans are one of the best around. I have been to more Blackburn away games than any other club (perhaps except for Bolton) It was the first away game I ever took my lad to when he was just 18 months old (in the Blackburn end with a City shirt on) The fans were brilliant, even in the pubs around the ground before and after the game. Always helpful, always having a laugh (as much about themselves as anything else) However the way that Venky's and Steve Keane have treated them and their clubs is a total disgrace and I empathise with them 100%

    Venky's bought Blackburn for 34mil, then sold Jones for what 16mil and then Samba for 8mil, so just on those two players they have recouped 24mil. They'll get 4 or 5mil for Hoillet and probably another 5 mil for a couple of other players. Meaning they have their money back. They will then either sell for about 20mil or pocket the 20mil parachute payment and run the club into the ground.

    Under Jack Walkers "trust fund" they were well run with John Williams at the helm. Now these scrupulous owners have come in and are basically doing a hatchet job. I fro one will be hoping that Blackburn can get rid of these guys, get a decent local owner in and come straight back up. We need teams like Blackburn in the premier league to remind us that football isn't all about money, money, money. Its about heritage, pride and a community.

  • Comment number 75.

    70.At 16:35 8th May 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa wrote:
    63. At 16:27 8th May 2012, Reinasbaldhead wrote:

    No it's not, but it is insulting

    Over half of the posts on here could be deemed as ''insulting''.

    I'm just disappointed that my expertly crafted and well argued opening post has been moderated on a mere frivolity!

    My post was not insulting. But you have avoided responding to my stat about EPL-La Liga head to heads. Although no doubt you will keep using terms like pub standard league about the EPL.

  • Comment number 76.

    As an outsider looking in, I remember doubts about Venky's even before they took over. It seemed odd to me that Blackburn, a quite conservative club, even old-fashioned, would take the radical step of selling out to unknown owners with no real connection to the club and even the area. The Rao family do not have much of a profile in India. You can't compare them with the ostentatious displays of wealth that the Ambani brothers or Vijay Mallya are known for.

    They obviously had no interest in the football aspect of the business, otherwise Steve Kean would not have been around. Despite his problems, they stuck with him because no big-name manager would have accepted flying to Pune regularly for meetings. Their failure to see the need for quality players, particularly with their injuries to defenders, showed how little they understood what underpins a top-flight football club.

    Relegation will have lowered the value of the club so unless the family are willing to take a hit, Rovers fans are stuck with them for the next year at least. If they back an experienced manager like, dare I say it, Allardyce, they will bounce back. The Championship is not as difficult to navigate as people think. I know they have an outstanding youth set-up and some talented youngsters coming through, but Blackburn will have to spend wisely in the short-term or risk falling further.

  • Comment number 77.


    I see what you mean Dave

  • Comment number 78.

    Btw - I do want to know exact protests have been "over the top". The majority of the protests have been booing Kean or chants of "Kean Out". It ios fashionable to leap on a bandwagon of saying the abuse was "over the top", "disgraceful" etc. Is this the line on which football fans judge - "XXXX Out" is too far?

  • Comment number 79.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 80.

    @73 - 'Claimed', we all know you are from Hull and now we all know certain information every one of your posts is now just a laughable, throw away comment. Did mummy cook you lunch today?

  • Comment number 81.

    Kean seemed a decent bloke and didn't deserve the flak however not sorry to see the back of Blackburn. If only we could get rid of the Stokes,QPR's,Villas,Sunderlands and Evertons etc, teams whose only aim is to survive without any intention of entertaining the punters. Sky should fix it so Sheffield Wed, Cardiff, Leeds, Rangers and Celtic get into the Premiership and maybe we'll then see some passion.

  • Comment number 82.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 83.

    A long - and useless article. The word is that the Venky's thought they were buying a franchise (as in America) and did not realise they could be relegated. Unbelievable, but it has been said on R5; so why on earth not here?

  • Comment number 84.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 85.

    Thanks Swintondude - one correction. It was £43m purchase but we are still served by debt. Pocket the parachute payments, minimise the club expenditure (as it falls), sell Robinson, Pedersen, Hoillet (comp) and any others not already passed on that can make a buck and there represents a reasonable return for a speculator.

  • Comment number 86.

    @82 - We don't claim, we know Dave!

  • Comment number 87.

    @ 82.

    Don't worry about it Dave, I managed to track you down and we've had this discussion already.

    What makes me laugh is that you love Spain and yet have never been there.

  • Comment number 88.


    Of course this is the divine right that clubs like Leeds and Sheffield weds have to the premier league. Why don't you add forest to that list, or West Ham?

  • Comment number 89.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 90.

    @ 84.
    At 16:47 8th May 2012, The_soul_patch_of_David_Villa

    Say what you want Dave, if you're going to troll on a website, then make sure the username is not easily track able across other 'less secure' media's.

  • Comment number 91.


    I think you mean the passion is off the pitch dont you? Leeds/Wednesday/Cardiff/Ranger/Celtic etc, their off the pitch antics dwarf any excitement if any they produce on the ptich.....

  • Comment number 92.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 93.

    Muyst state, what a laugh if Big Sam makes it back to the top!

    That's another chicken for me please!

  • Comment number 94.

    i would like qpr to stay up,bolton as place and the club is dead,half empty every home match,the stadium is the only plus side.and that is is a championship club defying the odds for far to at coyle left burnley to manage a "established " premier league side,down the following thinks he is the problem

  • Comment number 95.

    If Soul_Patch is from Hull are we saying he's a Hull City fan? He was slagging off the Championship yesterday.

  • Comment number 96.


    Like your predictions for the CL semifinal?

    What was it now

    Chelsea 1 Barcelona 3

    Barcelona 7 Chelsea 1

  • Comment number 97.

    87. At 16:48 8th May 2012, Currently Frying Onions wrote:

    What makes me laugh is that you love Spain and yet have never been there.

    Are you some kind of a stalker? :looksovershouldernervously:

    How would you know about my itinerant escapades?

    Have you looked at my passport (not my UK one, as I never show that in public, out of shame)?

  • Comment number 98.

    @92 - Whatever you say Dave from Hull. As Onions said, we have all had this conversation already and have realised you are Dave, The Troll, from Hull

  • Comment number 99.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 100.

    #94 adrenilenepotato

    Bolton have been poor all season. I know the fans don't get on his back in the way that Blackburn fans have got on Kean's back, but Kean seems to have been mocked by all and sundry whereas Coyle seems to have escaped that so far.


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