Bobby G Posted March 8, 2011 Share Posted March 8, 2011 For however long its been most of the supporters had wanted change. They felt that the Walkers Trust had taken us as far as they could and with no new investment forthcoming only the brilliant management of John Williams primarily, Mark Hughes & Sam Allardyce had allowed us to push above our weights for a number of years. The Trust had effectively publicly admitted that they wanted to sell but would only do so to a group that would preserve Jack Walker's legacy. A lot of people were frustrated when Dan Williams was rejected, because a lot were blinded by the need for change/investment. Then came Syed Ahsan Ali, who has a dark cloud over his head, and a group of Australians who probably talked more than they walked, and again they were rejected. So its fair to say that the screening process filtered out a lot of potential buyers. As a Rovers fan, you'd hope that the conditions/criteria were not simply whether the buyers had the cash to buy out the Trust. At the lowest ebb, sometimes you feel that way due to the way things have turned out. So Venkys came on and a new dawn arrived. Lots were positive, whilst some carried concerns due to the information that they had received about Venkys. Soon enough, their actions spoke volumes. Firstly, by sacking Sam Allardyce at a critical juncture of the season with a number of "winnable games" coming up & secondly by contradicting themselves with every statement from left, right & center. Venkys probably thought or were advised that changing Allardyce with these types of games coming up and with us effectively 9-10 points ahead of the relegation zone would be a good time. Whilst most supporters would have been happy replacing Allardyce under two conditions. 1) It was done in June when his contract was up 2) Replaced by a proven manager as long as that manager had SOME funds to spend Then came the Steve Kean era, arguably started off a little tarnished in the eye of a certain percentage of supporters due to the circumstances with which Venkys dealt with the situation, especially with the alleged outside influence/role that some people outside the official quarters of the club carried. Kean was given a short-term contract, which was almost immediately turned into a longer-term one which labeled him as the "unsackable manager". John Williams left the club arguably because he was a little marginalized, and saw no active role for himself in the way the club was now being run. A number of contracts (longer term) were issued to a number of players, a number of them on the wrong side of 30. If things are to be believed it has been said in places that some clauses have been removed from those contracts which effectively turns the club into an administration magnet if we go down. From flirting with Maradona, to flirting with Ronaldinho, the club was in the headlines, not in a positive light either. With some promising signs early on including 3 wins in the early run of matches, a lot more positive football was on display, however all with the backdrop of notable tactical deficiencies of the most basic context. The midfield was wide open to run at. Sometimes we were punished but against two teams, WBA & Liverpool, who were both in crisis and would almost immediately after sack their managers, we got away with it. Three months have now passed and we are within inches of the relegation zone with no form to speak of, and are being warmly reminded of the Paul Ince era, which most of us considered as some of the darkest days on the field for the club. Rumors of sacking Steve Kean have come and gone, and he has been given a public vote of confidence. However, with implications of possible relegation, as well as the dire circumstances the club finds itself in, things are out of our hands. What will Venkys do next? What happens if we stay up? Where do we go from there? What if we go down? The fans deserve the right to know what is happening especially when so many rumors come up all the time. There is a saying that there is no smoke without fire. Who do we believe anymore? Can we lay trust to a group that have contradicted each other more so than anything any of us have seen during our times supporting the club? I, personally, am mad. I am mad at the Trust for selling the club this way after all the screening, filtering, yes and no's. Is this Jack Walker's legacy? I feel that we have become a laughing stock and I shiver at the thought of what happens in the summer EVEN if we stay up. But I've tried to block that out of my mind for the time being. The club needs our support. Forget the manager, forget the players, forget the owners. This is our club. These players will all leave one day. The manager will be gone, sooner or later, and the owners, well, that's the big question. But the name remains. The history remains. Our pride remains. People jumped on Roman Abramovich's back when he bought Chelsea. They said he's a billionaire who has bought his next toy and will get bored soon. A decade has almost passed. He has put the money were his mouth is and has shown passion for Chelsea when so many pretenders have come on and started buying clubs and either ran them to the ground, or failed miserably. To me, he has been the model owner till date (from the new wave of owners). I am not trying to draw comparisons with our owners but am illustrating the worries that people had from the time he had come to Chelsea. The bottom line for me is this. If you have money and someone has what you want to buy and is willing to sell it, you will buy it. The seller's number one priority will arguably be the money he is receiving. Yes, he will hold some sentimental value to what he has sold, but I dont think he would even consider to return the money and get it back even in the worst of circumstances. This is FACT. Therefore any defence of the previous owners, for me at least, will go on deaf ears, at least in terms of them being "misleaded" or anything of the sorts. However, no one can deny that they sold a mid-table, stable run club, with manageable debts, on the way to safety and arguably a top 10 finish. That's how it was with the management structure they left in charge. This is FACT. Any arguments over how weak the squad was or wasnt, and the lack of investment in recent years are moot but not directly responsible for the plight of the club in recent months. Bottom line is the club was sold in a certain mold and in certain structure to ensure at least safety, if it was kept intact in those "settings". However, as we all know, it wasnt, and not in a gradual process but in one go. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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