Rovers will not sack Owen Coyle after 7 games. Why should they ? But they will sack him after 16 games. Why ? Because that is the benchmark they have set. They surprisingly sacked Bowyer after 16 games last season . Bowyer had 17 points from 16 games. We were in 16th position, 5 places above the relegation zone . We had scored 15 goals and conceded 15 goals. Sounds like eutopia by today's standards. So if after 16 games Coyle has an equivalent or worse record he will be sacked. Stands to sense, because that is the president set by the owners. Failure to sack Coyle, should he fall short, will be seen as hypocrytical by the fans and a case of wrongful dismissal by Bowyers lawyers who would have a field day, especially as Bowyer was working under FFP restrictions and a transfer embargo. Coyle has not had those restrictions imposed on him. As a matter of interest, after 7 games last season, we had 4 points and were in 23rd position. One place higher and 2 points more. So not a lot of differance, but we had conceded 9 goals and scored 6, compared to conceded 15 and scored 6 this time round. Make no mistake, Coyle's target to survive is 18 points from 16 games. We shall see !
To concede a goal in the 88th minute at home , to deny yourself 2 valuable points, as we did v Burton, is unfortunate. To then concede a goal in the 94th minute at home v Fulham to deny yourself a point , is at the best, careless. To then concede a goal v Leeds, in the 85th minute, to deny yourself an away point is downright incompetence.
I will not even mention Crewe's 94th minute equaliser, don't go there !
Blackburn Rovers need a contingency plan. What for ? A replacement manager for Owen Coyle, that is what for. We must not be caught out once again like we were this Summer when Lambert departed an we scrapped about for over a month trying to get some one to take the job. Until along came Coyle. England were caught out in similar circumstances with Hodgson's departure. No plan B. Rovers need a plan B. Why? Because it is an un escapable fact that Coyle is a very unpopular appointment amongst Rovers fans, even before a ball is kicked. His Burnley and alleged Jerome Anderson ties do him no favours. So he has to hit the ground running, like no previous manager. A poor August/September and the fans will be calling for his head. It will be Steve Kean all over again. Mike Cheston and Ian Silvester's positions will become untenable and Venky's will sack them . The club will be in turmoil So we need a contingency plan. Add to the mix that Coyle could do a runner. It only needs a better job to come along, Coyle has no allegiance to Blackburn, believe me.
He has been known for that before. Just ask Burnley, when he left them high and dry for "bigger club Bolton". Unbelievable, but he did and that is what he said. So plan B needed. Enter Michael O' Neill,(pic above), coach of Northern Ireland. He has done an extraordinary job, given the resources at his disposal. They won their qualifying group, scrapped their way out Germany's pool in France and were eliminated in the last 16 by a single goal from Wales. Northern Ireland do not have a player near Bale's class, but they have spirit , good organisation and O'Neill gets the best out of his squads in a way no England manager has in 20 years. Just the type of manager Rovers may need if everything goes belly up with Coyle. If I were Cheston and the Rover's owners I would be making friends with O'Neill's agent, pretty soon.
Amazing. It is almost a week since the nations press announced that Sam Allardyce was to be appointed the new England Football Team Manager. Not a peep in print from the Lancashire Telegraph about Rovers ex manager being elevated to the country's top job. Why?. Allardyce being the second Rovers ex-manager to have done so, following Roy Hodgson in 2012. Instead on Thursday the 21st July, the LT treated us to a Allardyce story headlined " Allardyce Victim of Hamper Con ".
A meaningless article re: Sam and West Ham players falling victim to a clever con man. No mention of being the new England manager, until belatedly 25th July on their Website. Why?.
Our national press, radio, and TV have been full of it. Everyone has been giving their opinion of Sam's appointment, everyone that is, but the LT. Have they forgotten Sam spent 2 years at Ewood Park, November 2008 until November 2010. Two successful years. On the very brink of relegation when he came, finished safe in 15th place and in 11th place in the Premiership, the following season, when Mrs Desia, under advice from Jerome Anderson, sacked him. Could it be that dark forces are behind the LT'S silence? Could it be the owners are now even more embarrassed at sacking Sam than they previously were ? Could it be they harbour a grudge because Sam successfully sued them for slander, along with Steve Kean in 2012. Could it be be they are miffed because legal action against Anderson over the Allardyce sacking, as reported in the Daily Mail sports agenda column by Charles Sale on the 29th April 2015, has stalled through their own stupidity? Whatever, the name of Big Sam continues to haunt them, whatever the reason.
Could it be they have used their considerable influence to silence the LT?. It would not be the first time, as i know from first hand experience. Any regional newspaper would have been over joyed to have their club once employ the new England Manager, and made capital out of it. Not the LT. Strange. I will ask one question. " David Dunn, fans favourite and now our u/21 coach, is on record as saying, " Sam is the best manager he ever played for in the whole of his career ". Now would you not think, last week of all weeks, the LT would have interviewed Dunn about Sam ? Instead of some of the drivel it has put out. Poor journalism or dark forces ?.
Are the Venky’s trying to air brush Big Sam from Blackburn Rovers history.
We haven't time for another major inquiry into the ills of English football and, anyway it isn't necessary. The success of Wales has exposed a lot of the red herrings that pass as mitigations for English failure . England's footballers arrive tired because there is no winter break, do they? Well how is it that Wales , with only Gareth Bale putting his feet up in January , are still bouncing off the walls as we enter July? The academy system is failing England's footballers , is it making them soft and pampered ? So why is it not failing the Welsh ? Enough of the excuses. The English public are sick of them. EX Rover Chris Colman and his team have humiliated the hapless Hodgson and his players. And it is another ex Rover who could be England's Colman and ignite the England team. Step forward Sam Allardyce. Big Sam is the man for the job. No doubt about that. Foreign manager ? No. That will not sit well with the fans. England enjoy massive support. The FA must not take that for granted. In these days of brexit and exiting the E.U. the pubic are not in the mood for a foreign manager. If Klinsman wants a job in England, great, give him the Hull or Sunderland one, see what he wins there. The same goes for Blanc, Scolari or any of the front running foreign managers. Let them come and do stints at Blackpool , Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham as Big Sam has done, and left them all in better shape than when he arrived. Then they can be considered for England. The same applies to Steve Bruce, who would be another excellent choice. Why are the F.A. taking so long. It is not rocket science. They are asking everyone's opinion, including the players. Big mistake. The players are the last people who you should ask. They are even asking opinions of people from other sports. Amazing ! You could not make it up. Wise heads like Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalgleish maybe. Although scots, both the most successful modern day managers in our game, British and made their home in England, their opinions carry weight. But players and failed rugby union coaches ! Is that a joke ? I wrote on this site, that Hodgson should have gone after the 2014 World Cup debacle. That keeping him on would only end in tears. I rest my case. The first World Cup qualifier v Slovakia , is looming in early September. We can not afford a poor start. Appoint Big Sam now. Do not delay. He fits the criteria. Experienced , both as a player and a manager, well respected, will have a plan and style of play(unlike Hodgson) , the right age and the right man. My top three candidates-- 1) Allardyce 2) Bruce 3) Hoddle. All have a case. But Big Sam for me.