The more you speak to Blackburn Rovers followers, and read their comments on social media sites, the more you ask the question, are they in denial.
With the general euphoria greeting the arrival of new manager Paul Lambert (pic above), it would appear some fans want to rewrite history.
It is as though the previous three years under the management of Gary Bowyer never existed.
Bowyers departure has, by some, been greeted with general approval, whilst others have misgivings. Let us not forget what Bowyer did for Rovers under very difficult circumstances. Well documented on this site and highlighted recently in article “Thank you Gary Bowyer” posted 25th November 2015.
Now all of a sudden, Bowyers hard work and achievements have been brushed aside and forgotten. Rovers fans should never forget how close the club has come to oblivion. And only prevented in doing so by Bowyer and Derek Shaw’s amazing work in cleaning up the mess left by Anderson / Kean. The club are saddled by a £92m debt and rising. Largely accumulated by the negligence of the Anderson / Kean regime.
It is as though Paul Lambert has a magic wand that he will wave and everything will be ok again. Im sorry, it is not that simple. One can understand to a certain degree the fans euphoria.
Rovers have not really had a manager of repute since Allardyce was sacked in 2010.
A succession of inadequate managerial appointments, Kean / Berg / and Appleton left Rovers floundering. Until along came Bowyer, promoted from within the coaching ranks.
Even Allardyce is derided by some, as not being up to the job. Let us remind ourselves of Sam’s two years at Ewood. Appointed in 2008 to succeed Paul Ince. Allardyce arrived after the season was seventeen games old and Rovers in the bottom three, in 19th position with 13 points. He quickly accumulated seven points from 3 games over the Christmas / New year period. Eventually leading Rovers to safety and finishing 15th in the Premiership.
The following season he had Rovers finish in the Premiership’s top ten. And brought players into the club such as Micheal Salgardo from Real Madrid. In November 2010, Venky’s bought the club and sacked Allardyce 4 weeks later on 13th December 2010, with Rovers 11th in the Premiership and 6 points from the top 5.
A decision that has been described by some leading football analyst as the worst ever decision taken by any Premiership club in the leagues 25 years’ existence.
It is quite possible many generations of Rovers followers to come will never ever witness Rovers in such a high position in the football ladder again.
But to listen to some Rovers followers, Sam’s brief tenure was a disaster. WHY ?. The mind boggles. The same is now being said of the Bowyers years. BAFFLING ?.
Rovers supporters should be very careful what they wish for.