Reg Rover "SAYS" 8:32am Sat 30 Apr 16
Why is Lambert still any where near this football club ? Why is he in charge of the team today and next week ? Has no one at the club any sense what so ever ? Having made his decision , Lambert and his staff should be on gardening leave. This is going to end badly. Damien Johnson and David Dunn should have been put in charge of the team until the end of the season.
What are Rovers thinking ? O.K , Shaw and Myers have left, but secretary Ian Silvester and director Robert Coar are experienced operators, as is new man in charge. Mike Cheston. What are they thinking ? Lambert should be no where near the place.
Lambert , apart from performing badly, has been very divisive and disruptive. He has split the club like no other since Kean. I do not buy into his humble, honourable act. Praising the club and everyone at it, whilst condemning it at the same time. How dare he. It is for us , the paying spectator to " slag off our club". Not a jumped up new comer who thinks he is to good for us. I have been in and around football to long not to spot a fraud, Lambert is a fraud. Honourable resignation ? Football managers do not do honourable resignations. He has a new job lined up, mark my words. He is taking us and the Rovers for fools.
How come Gary Bowyer managed to work for these 'impossible owners', who incidentally pay all our bills, which many seem to forget. How come Bowyer managed a 7th and 9th place league finish, with a memorable FA Cup run thrown in for good measure, whilst working for these impossible owners, Lambert can not work for ? How come Bowyer managed without the cash input Lambert deems so necessary ? We have no money and Lambert does not like that. Just as he didn't at Villa. Bowyer just got on with it. He was the perfect fit at this moment in time. And we fired him ! And everyone rejoiced ! You really could not make it up.
Few things I have never understood about PL. 1) why when Rovers had a very good defensive record did PL at times choose to bring in Ward when Duffy and Hanley were fit 2) why did PL not bring in a defender to replace Olsson knowing Rovers only had one left back in the squad (and Spurr had some long term injury problems). 3) PL stated several times that he felt that Marshall was one of Rovers best players and was best suited further up the pitch, yet he decided not to bring in a right back and instead played him at right back for most of his time at the club 4) why sign Bennett (a right winger) who has been inconsistent when Marshall is at right back. 5) the performances of Gomez, Grimes, Jackson, Ward, Bennett and Watt were below average and inconsistent at best . 11 wins in 32 games is not great form.
It's where we go from here that matters, I think Lambert should go now, I really don't want to see him on the touchline on Saturday, early kick offs are bad enough without having to go through the farce of seeing him pretending he cares about the club or fans, we have put up with enough without having to witness that.
We have the core of a decent squad, some decent youngsters coming through and we are clear of the embargo and FFP compliant, as long as we don't lose the likes of Steele, Duffy, Hanley, Lenihan and Marshall the new manager will have a good base to work from.
I'm not really all that concerned about who the new manager will be, I just want someone who will understand what the club means to us fans, has some idea what we have been through over recent years and is willing to get stuck into the job, whatever happens over the summer and we hit the ground running next season.
Not a lot to ask is it?
Venky's? I really don't care what they do, if they leave, whichever way they chose to go good riddance, if they stay I will simply remain ambivalent towards them.
It's the structure above the manager that matters, I want to see what Mike Cheston has to say in his interview with the LT, will it be a positive message with real meaning or another meaningless exercise in PR, because the latter will go down like a lead balloon.
Is Cheston the man for the job? Who knows, but he has the chance to talk to us fans openly and honestly, just tell us what the real situation with the club is, tell us what our aims are for next season so that all the speculation and rancour can stop, the club owes us that at the very least.
Reg Rover "Says"
What a manipulative man Paul Lambert has turned out to be.
A ex football league manager, of some repute, once told me, " The first rule of management when joining a new club , is to get the local press on your side, you will need them in the bad times".
Lambert has certainly succeeded in doing that. He has Paul Wheelock of the LT, eating out of his hand. Anything Lambert says, Wheelock prints. No questions asked. Wheelock falls for it hook line and sinker. A more experienced 'hack' would see straight through Lambert. Take yesterday for example. These are just a few gems from Lambert. " The crowd will live with me." I have been involved in Champion League and UEFA Cup Finals, I have won domestic cups in front of big crowds, but I can not let sentiment dictate my decision". All very nice compliments for Rovers fans from the departing manager. But please spare us the false sentiments. Do not treat us as Jerome Anderson did, as " Thick Northerners ". Lambert has kicked us in the teeth and decided to go. He is quite entitled to do so. But why has he not gone ? He should now not be here. What are the owners thinking ? It is obscene that this destructive , divisive man should still be at Ewood on Saturday. He has caused nothing but trouble, whilst being on a nice little earner , until his next job came along.
Lambert has totally split the club and put us back 3 years, to the dark days of Berg/ Appleton. Lambert is a Steve Kean with a brain. No wonder Villa fans wanted rid. No wonder Delia Smith will not allow his name to be spoken at Carrow Road.
Lambert is that trouble maker we have all encountered in the work place. Never happy.
Lambert has been a big disappointment in many ways, it happens. But please spare us the nonsensical drivel. We are not all as gullible as Wheelock. Had Bowyer been half as media savvy as Lambert, he would probably still be in a job.
In todays national press it states " Celtic will speak to Paul Lambert about returning to Parkhead as manager, following the announcement he is leaving Blackburn Rovers". Yeah right !! Do you think we are all fools, this was a done deal week ago. We have been taken for mugs. And some of our supporters chanted his name yesterday ! Unbelievable, you could not make it up.
If Lambert is at Ewood on Saturday , I for one won't be.
peely Replying Reg Rover
Reg , for once absolutely spot on - couldn't,t agree more - reading this drivel from Lambert makes me want to throw up - he,s taken Rovers and Venkys for mugs and got away with it !
Crazy times "says"
I'll give you my summary, I was surprised how poor Rotherham were given their recent results. Steele had to make a couple of good saves but nothing major. Duffy and Hanley were solid, kigallon had a bit of trouble with their nippy winger but grew into the game. Lowe and lenihan were excellent screening the back 3 which was probably why Rotherham went long playing right into Duffy and hanleys strengths. Grimes worked hard and is neat and tidy, I actually thought Bennett put himself around well and looked a threat but final ball let him down. Marshall roamed around and looked threatening, our main attacking threat, graham did what graham does, chases harries and holds the ball up well. Gomez was pedestrian but could easily end up with 2 goals. Enjoyed the Best baiting, he looked their biggest threat, Derbyshire was lively, and their keeper played really well. New ground ticked off the list but apart from rovers fans, no real atmosphere. Laughed at how the stewards surrounded the rovers fans at the end and missed the Rotherham fans spilling onto the pitch behind them. Comfortably safe, I had us finishing 4th bottom this year so credit there. Liked the formation and the players played with a bit of freedom. Massive summer for the club, can we rebuild or are we the next Pompey, will the owners stick or twist, and do we have the structure to make the right decision on the board and manager? All need clarifying but I'll still be there. All the best...
Is it only five and a half years? It feels like a lifetime.
About three years ago I was told of a conversation between the odious one and Bowyer regarding the search for a new striker, it came from from someone at the club who is no longer there but I'm fairly certain it's true.
Bowyer "Hey odious one, I've been keeping an eye on someone who is just what we need, he's young, quick, aggressive and scores for fun and as he's in the lower leagues he won't cost a fortune."
Odious one, "No thanks we are signing Leon Best, proven quality at this level."
The name of the player was Jamie Vardy, who Leicester took a punt on.
Best has to be the greatest mistake this club has ever made from a financial perspective.
But Best and others got very rich in the process.
Reg Rover Replying Beetlejuce
Good post BJ. But come on you are stealing my thunder. I posted about Jamie Vardy months ago. I know you know, because you responded in surprise. No matter, it is true. Bowyer recommended Kean sign him from Fleetwood. The asking price was £800,00. But his agent was not Jerome Anderson, and Rovers at the time, were splashing the cash on Anderson's players. More commission in fees for Anderson, with Kean getting his cut. Best was signed instead for £4m plus £32,000 pw in wages. Massive commission for Anderson/Kean. Vardy's would have been peanuts in comparison. But this was going on at the club all the time in 2010/12. And it bankrupted the club. Venky's let it happen, they were dupped by Anderson. Hence their reluctance to heavily invest since. Check the Best deal out, it is all well documented in the accounts. which are a matter of public record.
I warned what was happening on my site, to much derision from all and sundry, including you BJ. It is all well documented ,dated and timed for posterity. Nobody took any notice. My site was condemned by LT editor Kevin Young as being "incendiary ". Young is spineless.
With regard to Varney, Rovers were not the only ones to bulk at the asking price, so to did Swansea. Along came Nigel Pearson and took a punt, as he put it, the rest is history.
I will give you another missed opportunity by Rovers. Michael Kean, now at Burnley. In all probability Burnley will clinch promotion back to the Premiership, this afternoon. With Kean a major part of their success. Bowyer had him on loan at the Rovers, as we all know. Bowyer asked Venky's for £2m to buy him, Man Utd asking price. Venky's said NO. Burnley bought him . Kean is now valued at £10/15m . With the big boys hovering to make a bid. The story is well documented in the LT, Wheelock wrote it. When you look back in hindsight, Rovers had a gem in Bowyer, and sacked him. And ended up with another opportunist. You really could not make it up.
Reg Rover Replying Andy Kennedys dance tutor.
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But if they won't even speak to the manager what are the chances of speaking to the LT ?
They would have to speak to the Liverpool Echo, if say, they owned Liverpool or Everton. The Echo would not take no for an answer, they would camp on their door step, they would delve into every aspect of their lives , and motives for owning the club. They would scrutinise the accounts. They would expose Andersons dealings. They would reveal Venky's inept ownership. In other words, they would make their lives a complete misery. The Liverpool Echo have fried bigger fish than Venky's. The South Yorkshire Police Force, H.M Government of the UK, Our justice system, The Sun Newspaper, Rupert Murdoch, BBC, The entire establishment, all to get at the truth over Hillsborough. Not to mention Hick and Gillette, the useless owners of Liverpool.
Exposing Venky's would be no problem to the Echo.
But of course they are a proper regional newspaper, with proper journalist. The LT, by comparison are useless. The LT have let the people of Blackburn down. With a proper, strong press, the situation at Rovers would be no where as bad as it is. I have had dealings with LT Editor Kevin Young, he is spineless and useless.