Former Manchester City coach David Platt (pic above), who has been out of Football since leaving Manchester City in 2013, has been appointed head coach of Pune City FC in the newly formed ISL League which has just had its inaugural season. Pune finished in 6th place.
The new season starts in October and runs for 8 weeks.
Platt’s appointment has come to the notice of the Rao family (Venkys’) and have been impressed by the way he has approached his new role. Pune City FC Chief executive Gauran Modwel, speaks highly of Platt.
If Blackburn Rovers poor start to the season continues and they find themselves in the relegation places come Christmas, Venky’s could well turn to the ex-England player as Bowyer successor.
Platt aged 49, was born in Chadderton Lancashire, only 30 minutes from Ewood Park. Platt won 62 England Caps. He played for England v Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final.
His managerial career includes a spell at Nottingham Forrest and England U21 manager. He was seen to be groomed as the next England manager. When he left the FA he left Football. Re-emerging with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City 2010 / 2013, until Mancini was sacked.
As a player, Platts former clubs include Aston Villa, Arsenal, Juventus, Sampdoria, Bari, Notts Forrest and Crewe.
Someone with Platt’s experience and pedigree may well be the person Mrs Anuradha Desai turns to if unthinkable relegation to Division One looms at Ewood Park.
Badly run clubs ruin themselves. They don’t need to be punished any more by the Football League.
Being a bad Football club is punishment enough, it does not need extreme action from above. In the form of transfer embargos and heavy fines as in the case of Blackburn Rovers, QPR, Notts Forrest and Leeds United.
Bad football clubs impose their own penalties, with bad business. Bad owners make bad signings, buy bad players, for bad money, get bad results and achieve bad League positions.
The good players cant wait to get out, and decent managers become contaminated by the foolishness.
Near the foot of the Championship are Blackburn Rovers, a club that may yet be relegated into oblivion by the Football League. Rovers have 3 points from 5 games and were eliminated from the Captial One Cup by Shrewsbury.
Gary Bowyer, is already being touted as the first managerial sacking of the season. As of January this year, Blackburn had debts of £79.8m. So this is a bad club, no doubt of that.
Yet it is also one operating under the restraints of a transfer embargo since the start of the year. The Football League allow an annual loss of just £8m and in season 2013 / 2014, Blackburn were down by £42.1m. In this way they were bang to rights.
Rovers are able to sign only free transfers or loan players, have wage restraints and a maximum squad size of 24. At the time, the embargo was imposed they were ninth in the league.
They are now in a relegation battle and their best players, such as Rudy Gestede, have left. The FL punishment is disproportionate, potentially ruinous when Blackburn were halved - ruined anyway.
Venky’s (pic above) who took over the club in 2010, have been disastrous owners. They sacked Sam Allardyce and appointed the inadequate Steve Kean, who promptly got them relegated. He was replaced by Henning Burg, gone in 57 days, and then Michael Appleton, gone in 67 days.
Bowyer had at least consolidated, and Blackburn had settled into relative mediocrity as a mid-table Championship club. And then along came the Football League with their giant ant-squasher of justice. League One now beckons.
Why are Blackburn losing so much money ? it’s a familiar story. They bought poorly, but expensively, in the Premier League and after relegation could not get poor, expensive players off the books. Due to poor ownership and the trust the owners put into agent / advisor Jerome Anderson. Further punishments from the football league are not needed for badly run clubs, they punish themselves.
Are Venky’s of London, owners of Blackburn Rovers, preparing to sue Football Agent Jerome Anderson ?
Anderson’s Kentaro / SEM Sports Agency were employed by the Rao Family (pic above) when they completed the purchase of Rovers in November 2010.
Lawyers for Venky’s are considering bringing legal action against Anderson for alleged misrepresentation, corruption, mismanagement, misadvise and misconduct.
Renowned Sports journalist Charles Sale of the Daily Mail has allegedly suggested that this is likely to happen.
Writing in his Sports agenda column on 29-04-2015 he revealed an ‘Extraordinary Letter’, sent by Venky’s Lawyers to Kentaro’s / Anderson’s legal representatives, that was doing the rounds.
The letter came some 12 months after the takeover and the sacking of manager Sam Allardyce.
The letter, amongst many other things, alleges that it was Anderson who advised and persuaded the new Indian owners to sack Allardyce and replace him with, the then coach, Steve Kean, a client of Kentaro’s Agency partners SEM. Of whom Football pundit Charlie Nicholas, was at the time, a Director / Advisor to the company.
This advice, Venky’s somewhat naively took and sacked Allardyce. With dire consequences. Enabling Anderson to commit an ‘outrageous Premiership heist’, never before seen in the history of English Football. An outrage against Blackburn Rovers, its fans and the new rookie owners.
This website did warn what was happening in March 2011. But no one took any notice and I was subjected to abuse and ridicule. My thoughts and fears for Rovers are well documented, dated and timed, for scrutiny. The Lancashire Telegraph was even quoted in the Daily Mail as calling my comments and observations ‘incendiary’, after banning me from the paper. But that is the useless, spineless, Lancashire Telegraph for you.
But SEM say it was entirely Venky’s decision to dispense with Allardyce as they wanted to see “Good Entertaining Football”. Yeah Right !!
Venky’s had only been owners for a month when Allardyce was sacked and had appointed Anderson as their advisor.
They had openly admitted they had no knowledge or expertise in running a Football club. Despite having two of Footballs most respected administrators on board, in John Williams and Tom Finn.
Instead they employed the services of Anderson, Nicholas and their Companies – Big Mistake.
The day following Allardyces sacking (14.12.10) matriarch Mrs A Desai was interviewed on Sky Sports news by Jim White.
When asked by White, the reasons for sacking Allardyce, she replied “Blackburn Rovers should be a top four side, playing entertaining football and competing in Europe, I like to be entertained. “
I kid you not, this is the jist of what she said. A woman who knew nothing of Football and never watched a Premiership game or even a football match in her life.
May I suggest this statement was compiled by Anderson.
Obviously Mrs Desai know the truth, hence their Lawyers activity.
The Rao family are livid at what has happened to their club and investment. They have been duped. Despite warnings from John Williams and Tom Finn. As outlined in their letter to Mrs Desai dated 04.01.2011. Of which I and others have obtained a copy, but more of that to follow at a later date.
I am led to believe that Venky’s have not dropped the issue and are still pursuing the matter along with other issues. Believe to include the signing of players at extortionate transfer fees and on long expensive contracts. That have led to Rovers falling foul of FFP regulations and incurring a transfer embargo.
They are particularly perturbed at losing Premiership status, with attendances being almost halved from an average of 25,000 down to 12,500.
What other contents are in the letter, alleging misconduct by Anderson and Co, I do not know. But Charles Sale does, he possesses a copy. He has indicated further revelations are to follow in his daily column. But so far, nothing.
I have approached him for a copy, so far without success.
Put on the pressure. We are entitled to know what is happening at our club.
On the subject of what is happening at our club. May I beg the question “what is the Lancashire Telegraph doing in all this.” They no doubt have received or seen copies of said letters. Why do they not keep the Blackburn public, who they serve, better informed? A Mystery !
Jerome Anderson has not deceived the ‘Useless’ The Lanc’s Telegraph as well.
Has he ??
Steve Kean (pic above) has reared his ugly head again, as he tries to reinvent himself.
A nauseating article written by Matt Barlow, appeared in the Daily Mail on the 2nd September 2015. A double page spread was titled ‘THE KING OF BRUNEI’ featuring the awful Kean in his role of head coach of Brunei in the newly formed Southeast Asian League.
And what on earth are the Daily Mail doing giving this creep favourable exposure.
In the article, Kean claims he was hounded out of Rovers by strict budget cuts and fans vile personal abuse. This is the man who spent our money like water and had the nerve to sue Mrs Anuradha Desai for £1.3m for constructive dismissal. The man has no shame.
Once again no right of reply for Rovers fans. I hope that the Rovers / Venkys take issue with the Daily Mail regarding the statements from Kean. So should the Lancashire Telegraph, but I am not holding my breath !
Kean is the man who ruined our club, aided and abetted by Jerome Anderson. What has happened to Rovers at the hands of Kean /Anderson is unforgivable. These men have helped bust the club and put its very future and existence in doubt.
The Daily Mail should be exposing Kean’s misdemeanours, rather than giving him favourable publicity. Kean has no place in football and people should be warned about him.
All protest and comments to Matt Barlow, Daily Mail or twitter @Matt_Barlow-DM
Probably you have already seen the excellent documentary. VENKYS, THE FALL OF BLACKBURN ROVERS.
Made by documentary maker Rishi Sikka (pic above) in the summer 2012.
It is featured on YouTube and on a Jerome Anderson’s Google page.
It is a documentary which plots the downfall of Rovers from November 2010 until the Summer 2012. It features many well-known journalists, media pundits, former Rovers players, and officials and Councillors of Blackburn and Darwen, including local MP’s. Not to mention Shebby Singh.
It has had almost 58,000 hits. Quite modest in my view for such an excellent piece, portraying Rovers most turbulent history.
What is really striking and frightening is the doom and gloom it paints for the Rovers future.
Three years hence things have got even worse at Ewood Park than in the Summer 2012, and the documentary is quite poignant. If you have not seen it, do so.
Also on YouTube and on Anderson’s Google page is the infamous interview Anderson gave Sky Sports on the 10.01.2012. in which Anderson tries to absolve himself of any blame for Rovers demise and paints a rosy picture for Rovers future.
Watch it and weep.
Surprisingly it has only 5,000 hits, everyone with Rovers interest at heart should watch it. Then get angry.
Footnote: For further information and Rishi Sikka thoughts on his documentary. Click here.