Why oh why did we sack Gary Bowyer ? It was a monumental mistake. And I am not saying that in hindsight, I said it the day he was sacked. Before we had any idea who the new manager would be. Bowyer was right for Rovers at this particular moment in time, why could the club not see that. He had led us through 3 years of upheaval , there was light at the end of the tunnel, the transfer embargo was about to end, then the rug was pulled from under him. Brutal. Bowyers 3 seasons league finishes of , 9th, 8th, 7th, under almost impossible circumstances, are beginning to look pretty impressive now. And he would have delivered a top half finish again this season, of that I have no doubt. But that was not good enough for some. Greed took over. The land of milk and honey was on the horizon. Next season a guaranteed £180m for just being in the Premiership. So someone sold Venky;s the dream. Someone told them it could be them. Someone, an unnamed agent, sold them the dream that Paul Lambert was the man to take them to that land of milk and honey. Do they never learn ? Have they not learnt a thing after the disaster of sacking Allardyce in December 2010. Resulting in leaving the land of milk and honey and being plunged into 6 years of hell, and counting. Allardyce had his detractors, but we were 10th in the Premiership, with a pretty good team. So why sack him ? Because we should be in the top 4 and playing in Europe, that is why. And who said so ? An agent said so, Jerome Anderson in fact. So the owners listened and sacked Big Sam. Now the same has happened again, history has repeated itself. Instead this time , instead of heading for the Championship under Kean, we are heading for Division one under Lambert. And the most up setting thing is that some supporters buy into these crazy ideas. Not a word of protest when Sam went, not a word of protest when Bowyer went, not even a word of protest when good men like Williams, Finn and Goodman are cast aside. Greed takes over, we are heading for the land of milk and honey ! Do we never learn.
When you have good men and good managers like Allardyce and Bowyer , you hold onto them, at all cost, or you reap what you sow. You deserve all the pain coming your way. Want to know how a good club should be run ? Look no further than Burnley, hate to say it, but it's a fact. Solid and steady. No panic when things are not going well. Did they sack their manager when relegated from the Prem, last season ? No. Would Rovers have done ? Yes. Run by people who love and care about the club. And the sad thing is, that used to be how Rovers were run, by people who cared. And who did Burnley use as their role model when they re built and re shaped their club ? Blackburn Rovers, that is who.
The saddest thing of all, is that Gary Bowyer, for all his faults , cared and loved Blackburn Rovers. He spent 10 years at Ewood, he was one of us. He was treated badly. Shame on us.