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  1. Kamy

    The Punatic Asylum Prevails

    Too many times over the last three years have I found myself writing an article about a crisis at Blackburn Rovers, but unfortunately it seems that this is the norm under the stewardship of Venky's. Yesterday, Venky's shocked the footballing world again by sacking manager Michael Appleton after just 67 days. Appleton lasted ten days more than the previous incumbent Henning Berg. Sources have revealed that the decision to sack Appleton was made between the owners and global advisor Shebby Singh. Reports in the national media are suggesting that Appleton was told the news via a letter that was handed to him as he arrived to take training at Brockhall. Also sacked were his backroom team of Ashley Westwood, Luke Dowling and Darren Moore. Over the last six games or so it is fair to say that results and performances have not been good. The games against Millwall in the FA Cup were particularly poor performances with fans complaining about the direct nature of the football Rovers were playing. This, coupled with poor results in the league, had seen Rovers slip to just four points above the relegation zone. However, Appleton was appointed by Venky's when most fans and pundits were saying that Rovers needed an experienced manager, yet Venky's went down the unproven route. Appleton to his credit seemed to very quickly identify the problems with the footballing side of things — namely the unbalanced squad and lack of coaching and scouting structure. Appleton had also talked about having a long-term plan to get the club moving forward. Ultimately a manager is always judged by results, but surely 67 days is far too short a period to make that judgement. Surely he at the very least deserved until the end of the season to see if he could improve results. There were also mitigating circumstances in that the squad had injuries and new players brought in needed time to bed in. Appleton also had very little time to adjust things on the training ground due to the huge number of games Rovers have had to play over the last six weeks. Appleton also seemed to have sidelined Shebby Singh and taken control of all footballing matters. It has been reported Appleton and Shebby had never met and that, in my opinion, was the crux of the problem: no manager will stand a chance of taking the club forward while we have a boardroom that is split. Reports in the national media this morning are suggesting that Shebby and managing director Derek Shaw have not talked since January and watch games from different areas in the ground. It seems to me that these boardroom personalities are not working in the best interests of the club. Venky's stewardship of Rovers has lurched from one disaster to another, most of this down to them listening to advice from the wrong people. The situation is beyond repair now and really the only way the club will move forward is if they sell up. But at the moment that isn't looking imminent, although the situation could change over the summer. Therefore, the only option they have is to remove Shebby, Shaw and Agnew and then appoint an experienced football administrator as chair or chief executive and let this person run the club for them. Will this happen? I very much doubt it. I think that we are stuck in a vicious circle. Shebby now seems back in favour so I expect him to be involved in the selection process for the next manager. He will want someone who he can work with, rather than getting the best person for the job. No doubt if things don't go well, then Shaw and Agnew will try and gain favour with the owners and we will be back to square one. It is such a shame that a club that was so professionally run and held up as a model club has been so systematically destroyed over the last three years or so. While this is essentially the doing of Venky's, the Walker Trust also need to take responsibility as Jack tasked them with protecting his legacy. The disastrous decision to sell to Venky's has almost destroyed his legacy and their continued silence is deafening. Join in the discussion on the forum here.
  2. Blackburn Rovers are set to sign Manchester City defender Karim Rekik on loan until the end of the season. The 18-year-old Dutch defender has in the past played under Michael Appleton when he was the manager of Portsmouth. Rekik's preferred position is centre-back but he is also able to play at left-back. Rekik said on Twitter: "Happy to say that I'm going on loan to Blackburn Rovers and be part of the team. Hope to win many games and learn for my future at Man City." Rovers are expected to make further loan signings over the next few days.
  3. Rovers' new boss Michael Appleton held his first press conference today at Ewood Park and immediately targeted a return to the Premier League. Appleton confirmed that after holding talks direct with the owners, he was convinced that moving to Rovers would be the right move for him. "After having a conversation with the owners, they made it very clear that they have a burning desire and ambition to get back up to the Premier League as quickly as they possibly could," Appleton told Rovers' official website (www.rovers.co.uk). "I want to be part of that. They pretty much want me to make sure that I'm the driving force behind everything that they want in terms of their ambition. I just felt it was a footballing opportunity that I couldn't turn down. "I want to be part of something that gets it back up where it belongs in the Premier League. I genuinely do believe that, with the right people and the right players. And certainly we've certainly got some fantastic supporters. If we can get that balance right and get them back in and all pulling in the same direction, I genuinely believe that will happen." At the press conference Appleton confirmed that he had full control of the footballing side of things and the owners had promised him that they would back him in the transfer market. Appleton said: "There's an opportunity between now and the end of the window to bring two or three new players in. I know the types of players I want to attract to the football club." Appleton also clarified Gary Bowyer and Terry McPhillips' role: "I would love to have Gary Bowyer and Terry McPhillips involved, but Gary has made it clear that he sees himself as a developer of players. As someone who has done that role I can fully understand his decision." Operations director Paul Agnew also welcomed Appleton to the club: “We're delighted to welcome Michael here, a young, hungry manager who we are sure is destined for success." Appleton takes charge of his first game on Saturday against Charlton.
  4. Kamy

    The Circus Continues

    For a few short weeks just after the much-maligned Steve Kean had resigned as Rovers manager it started to look as if finally, after two years of chaos and confusion, Blackburn Rovers were starting to resemble a proper football club again. Fans were looking to the future, the team was putting in solid displays and the executives were talking about "football" issues. It finally started to look like the club was moving forward in a positive direction. Unfortunately that has proven to be yet another false dawn as the club continues its slide towards oblivion. The warning bells started to sound when the process to replace the reviled Steve Kean descended into a five-week saga which became more and more of a farce. In the end, rank outsider Henning Berg was tasked with the minimum objective of getting the club promoted this season, having been appointed ahead of the likes of Ian Holloway and Mick McCarthy to name but a few. Fans accepted the decision and got totally behind the team due to Henning being a club legend who it was felt could always be relied on to act in the best interests of the club. The results on the pitch have not been promising, but like every manager it is far too early in my opinion to make a judgment on Berg's managerial ability. However, off the pitch the last two weeks have resembled what best can be described as a "circus", with the chief clown causing much of the havoc. After the home defeat to Cardiff, Rovers executives and Berg held a meeting to discuss the slide and news leaked out (via national newspapers) that members of the Rovers backroom team would be sacked and replaced. The confusion continued into the weekend when said members of staff were not sacked, so on Saturday Rovers faced Blackpool with a manager under pressure, players low on confidence due to poor results and now the added ingredient of backroom staff not sure of their futures — hardly ideal preparation for a big match. Now the speculation is that no changes to the backroom staff will be made until January. It is in my opinion a complete and utter farce: either you want to keep the staff or you want to sack them — there can be no half measures on such issues. Uncertainty and confusion are a very unhealthy combination within a football club and usually lead to one thing: losses. So from looking like a club finally moving forward with a united fanbase, we are now back to square one. Chaos, confusion and fans again starting to question what exactly is going on. In my opinion it doesn't help having Shebby Singh in charge of things. We should always be grateful to him for being the catalyst for the removal of the much-loathed Steve Kean, but the fact of the matter is that he has no experience of being a football administrator and he has alienated a huge portion of the fanbase. If Shebby is really interested in taking the club forward, he should go out and bring in an experienced and respected football administrator. Too much has happened for John Williams to ever return, but given the right assurances who is to say that the likes of Tom Finn wouldn't be open to a return? We go into a crucial period of the season with the team looking down rather than up, we have a manager under pressure with a backroom team who are uncertain about their futures, and we wonder why the team continues to struggle. Add to that the accounts, about which qualified financial advisors have suggested that without promotion Venky's would need to provide a considerable amount of additional funding to keep the club running financially in its current state, then I have to say that frightens me. All of this coupled with the club having to release statements about what happened at Christmas parties and the like and you can see that Rovers resemble a circus rather than a football club. The only way in the short term is for someone to get a grip of the situation, to show leadership and to make strong and decisive decisions. The situation can still be turned around, but it needs someone to get a grip. I am not holding my breath.
  5. Rovers fans who don't have a season ticket can now purchase a half-season ticket. Adult tickets start from just £149 in the Riverside, Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End and Bryan Douglas Darwen End stands — the equivalent of less than £14 per game. Prices for Juniors (£49) and Young Adults (£89) have been frozen from last season. In total the half-season ticket will entitle fans to attend 11 games, starting with Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day. More details can be found at the official website: http://www.rovers.co.uk/news/article/half-season-tickets-on-sale-now-486876.aspx
  6. Kamy

    Orr Set For Ipswich Loan Deal

    Rovers defender Bradley Orr is set to move on loan to Ipswich. Local and national media reports are suggesting that it will be an initial three-month loan deal with Ipswich having the option to make it a permanent deal in January. Orr joined Rovers in January 2012 and figured regularly in the first team under Steve Kean. However, since the arrival of Henning Berg he has not figured.
  7. Venky's global advisor Shebby Singh has set new manager Henning Berg an initial target of promotion this season. Shebby told Sky Sports: "At this moment I think the ambition is clear — we have to get back into the Premier League. There's no other consideration, there's no other thoughts. I think we've put a nice balanced squad together. A big squad where we have players for the short term, we have players for the long-term and the immediate-term. Henning's here now and when he looks at the squad, if he feels whichever part of the team needs to be reinforced, we will do that." Shebby also felt that Henning had learnt well from Sir Alex and Kenny Dalglish, under whom he played the majority of his playing career: "When you talk to him, you can see certain qualities that over the years you have seen Sir Alex Ferguson express in his interviews, Kenny Dalglish express in his interviews," he said. "Obviously Henning has learnt a lot from the great managers that he's worked with and at the end of the day we feel that we've got the right person." Meanwhile Derek Shaw, who is Rovers' managing director, has admitted publicly that Henning wasn't the club's first choice: "No, he wasn't our first choice, far from it — we're not hiding anything there." Shaw added: "We had one or two people that we talked to who, for whatever reason, got ruled in and ruled out. Henning contacted me personally probably seven or eight days after Steve left. There is a gamble and I think it's become more or less common (knowledge) that I thought we probably wanted someone with experience at this level. But, without a doubt, I've no qualms with this appointment. I think he'll be wonderful for us." Berg makes his debut as Rovers manager tomorrow against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
  8. Henning Berg was unveiled as Rovers manager at a packed early morning press conference. Flanked by Shebby Singh, Derek Shaw and Paul Agnew, Berg said: "We want to win promotion, that is our goal, our only ambition, it doesn't matter if it is straight up or via the playoffs." Berg also felt that Rovers' five-week process to find the new manager was appropriate: "It is good that the club took their time and set up a list and then look at the qualities that they want." Berg was also pressed about comments he made during an interview conducted five months ago, in which he said that "no manager with real credibility" would consider working for the club's controversial Indian owners Venky's. Berg said: "When I made those comments, it was looking from outside. Now that I have spoken to the owners, I see that they are ambitious. They have also made changes over the summer since I made those comments." [caption id=attachment_5320" align="alignright" width="300] Henning Berg unveiled as new manager [/caption] Henning was also asked about speculation regarding the future of the current backroom staff: "The backroom staff have done well. It would be foolish for me to come in here and start making changes before I know anyone personally. I will assess how we will work together, to see if we have the same idea. I'm looking to work with the people we have here." Henning also had a message for the fans: "I know and understand the fans, they are able to lift the team, they are passionate and I am looking forward to working with the fans and the club." Global advisor Shebby Singh defended the prolonged five-week process to bring in the new manager: "We went through an exhaustive process, so to speak, but we are glad to finally have found a conclusion and appointed someone with experience and stature. We have learnt from previous mistakes." Meanwhile, managing director Derek Shaw felt that they had got the right man: "There were some excellent calibre of candidates, but we spent two hours with Henning and felt that he is the right man. He (Henning) interviewed very well." On behalf of BRFCS and its members we would like to welcome Henning back to the club and wish him a long and fruitful tenure as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
  9. Rovers have confirmed this evening that former Rovers player Henning Berg has agreed to become the manager. The appointment of Berg brings to an end a five-week process to find Steve Kean's replacement. BRFCS understand that Berg has signed a three-year contract. Henning will be unveiled at a press conference tomorrow morning at 8.30am UK time. So check back tomorrow for much more on this breaking story. Also over the next few days we will have comment and analysis of this appointment and also of the process of finding the new manager.
  10. Kamy

    Manager Search Continues

    Blackburn Rovers' search for a new manager enters its third week with the club still not close to naming Steve Kean's successor. It has become clear over the last few days that the preferred choice of Venky's global advisor Shebby Singh is former Rovers player and Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood. However, trying to land him as manager has proved to be a difficult task. The first problem is that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unwilling to let Sherwood leave the club and would hold out for compensation. Secondly, sources close to Sherwood have indicated that he would like to have direct talks with the owners in order to seek reassurances before he would even consider joining Rovers. The club drew up a shortlist last week and BRFCS understand that, in addition to Sherwood, the likes of Karl Robinson, Dougie Freedman, Paulo Di Canio and Ian Holloway are on the list among others. Reports in the local and national press are indicating that Rovers are mulling over making an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway, who is believed to be the preferred choice of Rovers managing director Derek Shaw. Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Holloway, however, and it is also not clear whether Holloway would want to leave Blackpool for Rovers. It is a complicated situation with different people in the process pulling for different managers and there is a real danger that the whole process could become a confused mess. What is now required is clear and calm thinking. Fan frustration is starting to rise, and Rovers need to start making decisions on which candidates are going to be approached. At present it is looking unlikely that the new manager will be in place for the weekend match at Derby County, while reports in last week's Lancashire Telegraph indicated that staff, including players, felt that the club was in a state of limbo. If the process does go into a fourth week, then the situation would be further complicated by Rovers having three games in a week — Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford. Rovers can ill afford to fall further behind in the race for promotion. It is right that the club is taking its time in making this decision, and it is imperative that Rovers bring in the right man. However, three weeks in and surely the period of consultation/evaluation has now got to end. Rovers need to start making approaches to the managerial candidates who they feel are capable of taking the club forward so that they can enter the decision-making process and make one of the most crucial appointments in recent times. Join in the discussion on the forum here.
  11. Kamy

    Kean Blames Referee

    Steve Kean blamed referee Neil Swarbrick for Rovers throwing away a 2-0 lead against Leeds. An unhappy Steve Kean said, "The big turning point was when the referee didn't give a foul on our 'keeper Paul Robinson, who couldn't punch the ball with both hands and they scored their first goal." "If we had gone in two goals up at half-time, I think we would have won, but full credit to Leeds. They had a real go. "It was a roller-coaster game and looking back we will think it was a decent point, but at two up we were in total control. "We have gone four league games unbeaten, which is a solid start." Rovers drew 3-3 with Leeds to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
  12. Kamy

    Rovers Close In On Rhodes

    Rovers are closing in on signing Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes, who has been the club's number one transfer target. BRFCS understands that the clubs have agreed a fee of £8 million, which will be paid in instalments over the next 4 years. In addition, Rovers have agreed to pay add-ons dependent on performance (for example a promotion bonus). The deal will almost certainly represent a record transfer between two Championship clubs. The deal is not yet complete as the player must pass a medical and formally agree personal terms. Rovers must complete the deal before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tomorrow. Sources close to the owners have also suggested that Rovers could sign a further 2 players before the transfer window shuts on Friday, but this would now be dependent on the club selling players. Rovers are expecting interest in Steven Nzonzi, Martin Olsson and Mauro Formica on transfer deadline day, and there is also rumoured interest in Scott Dann from Southampton and QPR. At this moment there have been no bids for any Rovers players.
  13. Kamy

    Transfer Update

    With less than 4 days to go before the transfer window shuts, it is high time that we provided you with a transfer update. As reported in local and national media, Rovers expect to complete the signings of Grzegorz Sandomierski (goalkeeper), Nuno Henrique (central defender) and Diogo Rosado (midfielder) within the next 48 hours. The key bit of business that Rovers would like to do is to bring in a striker. Rovers are looking for a player with a proven track record and are prepared to spend up to £6 million on the right player. Over the last few days Rovers have been offered a number of player by various agents, and this is usual at this time of the season. Rovers have rejected almost all of these. Rovers still maintain an interest in Jordan Rhodes for whom they have already had 3 bids rejected, and if no other club comes in for Rhodes before the transfer deadline, then there is a chance that Rovers can get him on terms that are favourable to them, but it also requires Rhodes himself to try and force a move, which BRFCS understands the player is reluctant to do. Southampton striker Lambert has been looked at, but sources at the south coast club have told us that the player would not want to move back down to the Championship. Lambert's team-mate Billy Sharp was on the radar earlier in the summer, so Rovers could decide to renew their interest in him. Sources close to the player have suggested that he would consider a move back up north and, with Southampton set to bring in at least one more striker before Friday, Sharp could find himself down the pecking order at St Mary's. John Guidetti has also been linked with Rovers, but BRFCS understands that as many as 15 clubs are chasing the highly rated youngster and he is unlikely to want to favour a move to the Championship over the Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A. Other names that have been considered earlier in the summer include Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones, but at the moment Rovers are not pursuing these. But like last summer when Rovers signed Yakubu (who was not a primary target), if they aren't able to land their primary targets, then they revive interest in these players on transfer deadline day. In terms of outgoings, Steven Nzonzi is still likely to leave. No club has come close to matching Rovers' valuation, but a loan move remains a distinct possibility. Martin Olsson's representatives have also told BRFCS that the player wants to play at the highest level in order to maintain his place in the Sweden team and the player is looking to move during this transfer window. West Brom and Aston Villa are both interested in the highly rated Swedish international. Fringe player such as David Goodwillie, Simon Vukcevic and even Mauro Formica could be moved on if suitable offers are received.
  14. RIP Jack Walker - 19th May 1929 - 17th August 2000. You will always be Rovers number one fan!
  15. Kamy

    Rovers Complete Etuhu Swoop

    Rovers have signed Dickson Etuhu from Fulham on a four-year deal. The fee is believed to be £1.5 million.

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