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  1. I think what he is saying is that he had to build an entirely new team in a short space of time - that meant that a prolonged scouting mission on each player wasn't possible. He saw the positions he missed and went for what he knew on the basis they provide a solid foundation on which to build. Poorly worded by him but a correct summary nonetheless. He has been dealt a tough hand in that he has been given a threadbare squad and a small budget, albeit large for this league, in which to build a title winning side. On top of that the bookies made us firm favourites to achieve this so TM was really put under pressure. We don't exactly have a board in place reasonable enough to understand this dilemma either so time for him is limited; he knows this, we know this and he's already seemingly putting in place his reasons for what would be considered by many as a 'failure'.
  2. The English FA must be one of the worst football associations in the world. That is no exaggeration. Nothing they do seems to benefit the English game. You take a look at our counterparts and stand in awe at some of the work they have done both in terms of understanding the desires of fans and furthering their own interests in coaching training and player development. We always hear from the archaic prawns that sit on these FA committees that we are the most 'competitive league in the world' that 'showcases an extraordinary amount of talent spread across 4 extremely competitive leagues' (paraphrased). But is this true? Certainly the EPL is the most watched league in the world and, subsequently, attracts lucrative TV deals, sponsorship and, primarily foreign, investment but does this make us the most competitive? And is this generated wealth distributed fairly? It's very much a "look after the big boys and they'll look after us" kind of operation with little to no regard for the rest of the competitions. We certainly don't showcase the greatest talent in the world. How many PL players make the world XI each year? When was the last time an Englishman, or a player plying their trade in England, won a Balon D'or? It's a myth that we are sold by Sky so we can continue to fund the boys' cash cow. It gets even worse when you ignore the fact that we don't even have the best foreign talent, or able to retain that talent should they play in the PL, when you consider the state of our coaching and youth development. Young, English coaches/players simply don't get given a chance because of the "pressure" to achieve the highest possible league position in order to rake in x amount of prize money. There's no focus on developing our own when we can bring some young Brazilian lad out of the favela for peanuts. I am not saying it's not a good thing we can attract foreign talent but countries like Spain, Germany & Italy all prove that you can mix supreme foreign talent and still develop your own in order to compete with said talent. I think the numbers of coaches Spain train each year compared to ourselves is remarkable, especially considering we keep hearing our less "competitive" La Liga is......despite winning the Euros & World Cup back to back. "But the EPL is the best league in the world..." we hear, whilst crashing out to a country with a population so small they couldn't even fill our brilliant, spacious, hollow stadiums. Then we get onto the interaction with the fans. You take a look at the model adopted by the German FA, whereby fan representation at board level is compulsory & ticket prices reflect a fair price for the working man. Here in England, the greatest and best league in the world, the core fan base - the working class - are priced out so the clubs can not only achieve a vastly greater profit on seat prices but also attract a crowd able to afford a 8 quid pie and pint, 10 quid popcorn or even increase the "hospitality" allocation and charge extortinate amounts to watch the game in 'comfort' (free half-time tinned soup, free sponsored beer + maybe a finger buffet all for the price of a measly 200 quid pp). They know they can do this because even if 2-3 thousand seats aren't full the money Sky gives them to air the fixtures will more than make up for Fred's missing ticket money and pint. Then we take a look at the disgraceful rearrangements of fixtures so the global audience of our great, global league can see Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in the same week and sod the plebs that travel 300 hundred mile round trips on a Monday night - Sky will pay. In no other league are the nationals treat with such disdain and all in typical English, corporate fashion of fat-cat greed and corruption. Sod the FA. They can all rot as far as I am concerned.
  3. I went to the one in Blakey's that descended into madness. It's not for me. I don't have the time or the willpower to try and fight on both fronts. Unfortunately, unlike Charlton, Blackpool & Coventry we aren't a united force. Not only are you fighting the 'powers that be', and all their influence that comes with it, you are also left fighting against a large section of our own fan base. Nothing will change unless we get fan representation at board level - for all clubs. That's a fight worth having but I fear that won't even get the backing of most of our fans because they are either apathetic or have backed themselves into a corner whereby they won't, or can't, support anything fan lead at this club. Funnily enough I was going to sign that post off with that too.
  4. I can't quite believe how the lack of a board doesn't spark any semblance of anger with a certain proportion of our fan base. We have to be the only club in the football league to not have a board in place to deal with day-to-day operations of a functional professional football club. Can it even be considered 'professional' with the current structure? Our listed directors are: Robert Coar, Gandhi Babu (WHO?) and Mike Cheston. That's 3 men, 1 of whom has probably never stepped foot into a Blackburn Rovers board room before and the other is a silent partner here to fulfil his obligations and keep his seat in whatever FA board he's on. I completely and utterly believe that Mike Cheston is a worm of a man with no sense of morality but I also feel sorry for him - he must be compensated handsomely because he's been well and truly left to face the music himself. Surely a man of any integrity would walk away from such a fiasco. I don't recognise this club anymore. Nothing of it reminds me of the club I fell in love with as a child except the blue and white kit and the badge. The only thing keeping me going is that eventually we may get our Rovers back. Until then it's a blind sense of loyalty that keeps me going back week in week out just hoping beyond any logical reason that tomorrow change will come. It's not even the terrible results that has drove me to this; I could honestly watch us in League 2 if I felt a sense of belonging. I'd travel hundreds of miles to see us play hoofball against bloody Cambridge if I felt the people employed by the club cared as much as me. My club has been taken away from me. I am sick of being told by others that we have been in this position before: "I remember when Kendall........" has become almost as irritating as being told that Venkys have learnt lessons. The difference between then and now is that people still belonged to Rovers; the people at the club could be held accountable because they weren't thousands of miles away or 'shadow' directors paid by the club but not officially recognised (Suhail). Right now the club belongs to Balaji Rao and whatever band of advisors he has - the money is irrelevant, the success is irrelevant because this club isn't "ours". The people of Blackburn don't matter one iota and the hopes and dreams of fans have been utterly dismissed so some maniac in India, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, has a play thing for when he's bored of beating people with iron rods or hosting tea parties for celebs. I don't support "half a club", I support the idea of a club that once meant something.
  5. This is the biggest factor in it. There isn't anyone that is actually taking the club by the scruff of its neck and trying to turn a corner, regardless of what certain people say. One or two signings followed by the retention of players, which is more or less the minimum a club should do, isn't making amends. When other clubs our size have come down to this level in the past they've seen radical change in the way in which they operate. Not us. We continue to plod along with the same miserable status-quo buoyed by wins against teams we should be beating anyway. The optimism a win brings flatters to deceive in a sense that issues such as this go unrecognised when on a winning streak. The club simply doesn't care about its fans and doesn't feel the need to engage with them. That much has been evident over the years and this is a symptom of that. Until that changes then you can never really expect any different. Everything from our local paper coverage, club press releases (the blatant carbon copy "Owners Statement" we are given at the end of every disappointed season), behind the scenes interviews, match day programs, ticket communication and match day entertainment stinks. As a fan base we are over the moon that we have a manager that actually tells the truth - how sad is that? We should expect that. Rovers is in a rot and will always be until very serious change is made. When that happens is anyone's guess.
  6. I'm not in disagreement with you about that. The content is shocking and has been for some time. Ultimately that needs to change - both in paperback traditional match day programs and the online content. I took umbrage with how instantly dismissed it was by meadows because he disagreed with it - it's a recurring theme in his content that anything he disagrees with is talked down on with disdain, whether it be disturbing, performed by the feeble-minded, joyless wasp suckers or other perverse adjective he throws in to his pretentious little rants. It further alienates younger supporters if we refuse to acknowledge there needs to be an interactive, social-media friendly way in which we deliver match day programmes simply because he likes the smell of a piece of paper from the 60s. I just wanted to highlight how silly his points were - the fact he prefers, and finds easier, the old ways doesn't mean the younger generation will. Then surely you have seen yourself the benefits of the digital age - that children brought up in this digital age can utilise electronic devices far easier than those born before it ever will. An online match day program would be perfect for people of those age, and I can almost guarantee they wouldn't find people reading programs on their phones 'disturbing' in the slightest.
  7. 1. To you. Not to the younger generation of football fans it's not. Children brought up in the digital age yearn for interaction like this. All of my nephews are the same - they follow every player on twitter; they sit for hours on FIFA and the older few sit for hours on football manager. Take a look at the rise in debate shows surrounding football, whether that's Carra and Neville on Monday nights or the later shows on Sky Sports. It's an arrogant, rather pretentious, view that you'd consider something like this "disturbing". I'm sure half of those youngsters wouldn't consider trawling through pages of who sponsors what match ball, or chronologically filing old programs entertaining. They have all of that at their finger tips and can access it in a much more efficient way than you could, despite your overwhelming ability to make yourself sound like the fount of all knowledge 2. Again, people like you. My nephew has been to countless gigs and whenever I see him he has albums upon albums all digitally stored - ordered by date and event name that he can easily access with a simply ctrl + F and a keyword. What would have probably took 10 minutes to find the photo album, a few minutes finding which album had which photos, now takes him seconds to open the cloud, find the album and pass over to me to scroll through in high definition. You don't even realise how awfully pretentious you sound. Ridiculing the way in which younger generations prefer to interact with their clubs/heroes. We are all happy that you get such joyful nostalgia when you smell the 1967 programme from a Tuesday night game vs Accy. However that shouldn't be a reason to not attempt to try and digitalise something in order to appeal to the younger generation; especially when that younger generation is being driven away from clubs like us to the bigger clubs which, coincidentally, engage with fans on social media much more than we do. You can still get a photo of your hero signed if you wish - so why would a digital program with interactive features be such a 'disturbing' thing for you? Because it appeals to somebody else and not yourself? How disturbing that others may think or act in a different way to our Blue Eyed Boy.
  8. Without a shadow of a doubt. I don't even recognise Ewood Park anymore. It's hollow and eerie. The Burnley game is a perfect example. Quite honestly the atmosphere wasn't even comparable to what it used to be like on a bang average category C game 10 years ago. It was an embarrassment. Subdued is an understatement. Unfortunately the voices of the Darwen End don't travel very far and whilst they try to create an atmosphere it isn't reciprocated by the other stands. The JW has always been quiet but the Riverside and BBE has become frustratingly sheepish. Any sort of fan led movement gets squashed by the club and the overzealous stewarding (just take a look at the police presence in the Darwen End whenever there's any sort of discontent) or by the dreary fans that sit in the JW upper with their flask of tea and blankets. The atmosphere won't come back to this club unless success comes back or there's a change at board level. Until then, get used to your supporters enjoying a little natter with a coffee and the occasional "Barmy Army" chant fading to the sound of busy traffic or the McDonalds drive-thru speaker. "Get behind the lads, ffs".
  9. Looking at it like that you could say that this summer has seen investment, in a loose sense of the word. They've simply maintained the business model they had last year. However, due to the consistent down scaling over the past 6 years, that business model has took us into a position whereby we can be the big fish. They maintained the Premier League model for a season too and look what happened there. When they took over this business it was a Premier League outfit with international footballers, brilliant coaching staff and an incredible executive team. Through their lack of investment that has been dumbed down to a point whereby simply maintaining a playing staff that got relegated from the 2nd tier is considered positive investment. Awful really. But that's not investment in the sense of the word at all. It's just fulfilling your obligations by plugging the shortfall or you'd be putting your business into liquidation, eventually. Positive investment would have kept us in the Championship last season - positive investment would see us challenging for promotion, like the other Championship clubs whose owners 'invest'.
  10. I didn't quite know the exact definition of investment so I googled it: "The act of putting money, effort, time, etc into something to make a profit or get an advantage, or the money, effort, time, etc. used to do this" They haven't put the money, effort or time into BRFC to make a profit or an advantage. They've simply fulfilled their basic ownership responsibilities by keeping the lights on and the club running. All their 'investment' happened during the Kean years and it was disastrous, some say criminal . No investment has happened since. They haven't invested a penny in over 4-5(?) years. Again, paying the bills isn't investment. You should be careful to not try and lead other fans into believing it is - some may say you're being purposely disingenuous because you don't strike me as the kind of man to misunderstand the term investment.
  11. I wouldn't call plugging losses through their own poor decisions, badly advised or not, 'investing'. I'd call it fulfilling their basic responsibilities. An 'investment' would have been providing a 5 million transfer budget last season to replace the 2 key players you sold to cover those losses created by your terrible decisions. Just saying.
  12. Really? If our, or any future owners, decided to move the Rovers to Birmingham, change its name and colours you would still feel more attachment to that than a club risen in the town we are (mostly) from and live? Especially when the club has risen with the hard work from the very fans it has been stolen from. Very strange mentality, but perhaps explains a lot of your posts that, in the past, I've struggled to get my head around. As for the post on MK Dons deserving the honours of the old Wimbledon - how can you justify that? They aren't the same as Wimbledon, they made sure of that all those years ago, and literally took a community asset from the community that had propped it up for generations. They don't deserve squat from their past.
  13. Makes a mockery of all those that defended him really on the basis that some fans will look at anything to pick Rovers with these days. B...b....b...but he works hard.
  14. Very true. Awww, it's nice to see our Blue Eyed Boy is growing up
  15. Another good article ruined by weird digs at certain fans. All rather strange when you continuously bring up your age but then still act like a petulant child.