Birflatt Boy called often enough for Steve Bruce’s head. Now he’s pushing for Steve Kean to be the next managerial casualty. The Rovers support certainly seems to have turned hostile; David Moyes said he left the Bolton game at half-time in disgust at the abuse aimed in Kean’s direction …
Here at Salut!, although our love affair is always with Sunderland, we are not oblivious to the events at other clubs.
The current situation at Blackburn Rovers has not escaped the attention of contributors, with Pete Sixsmith quite rightly pointing out that Rovers fans deserve a lot better than they are currently being treated to courtesy of Venky’s.
Steve Kean’s situation at Blackburn has presented him with the ultimate career paradox. He is determined to hang on to the manager’s job. The reasons (other than his salary) remain a mystery to all but Kean himself, as there can be no satisfaction in being in charge of a club that is so badly organised and run from the top down.
One gets the impression that the only people at Blackburn are Kean, his assistant and the turnstile operators. The longer he hangs on, the more ridiculous his defiance about winning the fans back and turning round results sounds. Rovers is a fine old club and the fans are worthy of a whole lot better than this.
Steve Kean fails to realise that the longer he holds on to the bridge of this particular sinking ship, there is an ever reducing likelihood that he will get another job in charge somewhere else. He doesn’t look right, he doesn’t sound right and his team loses every week.
Kean was plucked from the obscurity of the Ewood Park backroom to replace the experienced and steady hand of Sam Allardyce. The Rovers fans never took to him, firstly because the decision to sack Big Sam
was so ridiculous, secondly because he was a non-entity and thirdly because they were under no illusions that his appointment would be other than a disaster.
It’s probably not Steve Kean’s fault that he looks like a man who bought his first suit when he was given the manager’s job. It may not be entirely down to him that he seems to have spent every day of his tenure denying that he faces imminent dismissal. He does have to carry the can for his team winning only seven times in 37 games (now 38), as proclaimed by a banner on display during the other night’s home game against local rivals Bolton. It’s difficult to understand why Venky’s should be so keen to dismiss a manager of Allardyce’s calibre and then to offer Kean a new improved contract in November despite being bottom of the league.
As Kevin Gallagher, the former Rovers striker, remarked to the BBC: “I don’t see what they’re coming into it for. To me, they’ve come into football with their eyes wide shut, not open. They don’t understand the game and they don’t understand the people of Blackburn.” Gallagher goes on to describe Kean’s position as “untenable” which with any other football figure in the history of the game would be undeniable. Venky’s seems content for now to preside over this failure and the public implosion of this once proud club.
The Venky boys don’t even turn up at games, preferring to watch via a live feed in India. There have even been calls from the local MP Jack Straw as well as the local paper for Kean to step down. Just to make matters worse, the veteran defender and arguably Rovers’ best player this season Michel Salgado was told to go home and have five days off; the manager couldn’t play him against Bolton,
because an appearance clause in his contract would have triggered an automatic contract renewal.
There are rumours circulating about financial uncertainty with the Rovers finance director Karen Silk denying claims by the Mail on Sunday that the club is heading for financial disaster.
Silk states that “Barclays Bank and Blackburn Rovers have enjoyed a long relationship over many years and are currently in constructive dialogue about how the bank, along with the owners, can support the club for many years to come”.
I’d be extremely concerned about the “constructive dialogue” part if I were a Rovers fan. If all’s well there’s little need for much dialogue. This all sounds, to Birflatt’s ears, like a preamble to things disappearing down the Twyfords Adamant.
When the score went to 0-2 in last night’s game the odds against a pitch invasion must have plummeted. Had it gone to 0-3, then the game, Kean’s reign and a whole lot more could have been over. The protests
by an increasing proportion of Rovers fans has attracted some criticism in the media. What else can the loyal Rovers supporters do?
Their situation is unique in many ways, and they must feel as if their club has been invaded by an occupying enemy force. Blackburn has become the Vichy France of the Premier League with Steve Kean as the
Philippe Pétain of Ewood Park. The Rovers fans wearing the yellow and black protest garb are the Maquisard.
The situation at Blackburn is perilous, and the fans have my genuine sympathy. A proud football club is being completely destroyed from within by the owners and their puppet. Venkys may understand the poultry business but they appear to have no idea how to run a football club. They can only be incredibly stupid or incredibly broke, possibly both. Whatever, the circumstances they should get out of the way and let someone who knows what they are doing take control. If Steve Kean had any respect of even just a modicum of common sense, then he would resign. Every time he opens his mouth he further confirms that he has
neither. Rovers fans deserve better than this.