The maligned Shebby Singh (pic above) is no longer at Ewood Park. Having being instrumental in some shocking decisions. Including bringing in several below average Portuguese Football players, at huge expense, which Rovers have or are in in the process of getting rid of.
Not to mention the appointment of the hapless Henning Berg. Most people will say Rovers are well rid of Shebby Singh.
For my part he will always have my thanks for the part he played in the eventual departure of the awful Steve Kean.
But the one thing he did seem to get absolutely spot-on was his determination to appoint Tim Sherwood as Rovers manager.
Sherwood at the time was head coach of Spurs Academy and was not available.
Twice Singh tried for Sherwood. Twice the Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy refused Singh permission to speak to Sherwood.
Only for Singh to finally give up resulting in the disastrous appointments of Berg and then Appleton.
Ex –Rovers player Sherwood, who spent 7 years at Ewood, was interested in talking to Rovers but Levy was adamant he was going nowhere.
Since then Sherwood has gone on to successfully manage Spurs for 6 months. Having lost the Spurs job, incorrectly in my opinion Sherwood is now manager of Aston Villa.
And what a good job he is doing. His enthusiasm is infectious and Villa are revitalised, in the FA Cup semi-final and looking like having every chance of avoiding relegation.
How QPR must regret not appointing Sherwood when they had the chance.
Maybe Shebby Singh was right when he said “Sherwood is the next best thing”.
However, don’t get me wrong, although Tim Sherwood would have been an inspired appointment, I am more than happy with Gary Bowyer.
Gary Bowyer (pic above) will start his 3rd full term as Rovers manager, as soon as this season ends. Regardless of what fortunes befall the Rovers between now and mid-May.
It is a correct and wise decision by the Clubs owners.
However there is a twist.
Venky’s of London Limited have publically stated, following the revelation they are £80m in debt and rising. More than double the amount they paid for the club, due to the mishandling of player recruitment and contracts by Jerome Anderson.
That in order to sustain the club, Premiership Football HAS to be retained by 2016.
That means promotion next season or BUST.
Failure to do so could mean the consequences will lead Administration as the hapless Rao family finally lose interest and patience in their ill-fated purchase of Blackburn Rovers in November 2010.
If Rovers are not an established top 6 side, and a long way off the pace, by the Christmas programme Bowyer will be replaced.
Simple as that – no ifs, no buts. That is the owner’s strategy ‘carved in stone’.
Just who they would get to replace Bowyer is anyone’s guess, given their previous track record for disastrous appointments.
But unfortunately it would be BYE BYE Gary.
Let us hope it does not come to that.
When Gary Bowyer phoned his old boss for help, Big Sam was only too pleased to help out.
With Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson. No longer on the Ewood scene, Sam was only too pleased to help his ex U/21 Manager.
Rovers central defender problem was quickly resolved when Allardyce (pic above) agreed to let his young centre half, Doneil Henry, out on loan to the Rovers.
Allardyce had signed Henry from Toronto FC on the recommendation of former Rover Ryan Nelsen who had managed Toronto.
Although the young Canadian has yet to make his West Ham debut, he is highly thought of and one for the future.
Allardyce’s attitude towards the Rovers has gradually warmed following his sacking in December 2010.
‘Big Sam’ now knows and has evidence, that the blame for his sacking, allegedly lays firmly at the feet of Venky’s advisor / SEM agency, owned by Jerome Anderson and includes Charlie Nicholas as a Director. Who recommended the sacking of Allardyce to the new owners in 2010. Anderson then installed his own client, the awful Steve Kean, into the manager’s chair and effectively took full control of the club. As shown in the infamous letter from Chairman John Williams, Managing Director Tom Finn and Finance Director Martin Goodman to Mrs Anuradha J Desai Chair Person on the 4th January 2011.
Which effectively proves the alleged illegal involvement of Jerome Andersons involvement with the club.
This letter along with other pieces of evidence, will be reproduced on this site shortly.
However, Rovers consequential troubles, as a result of Anderson alleged skulduggery are no longer a concern to Allardyce and he has a good relationship with Gary Bowyer.
Doneil Henry made his debut at short notice in the 2 – 1 win at Sheffield Wednesday. Then impressed in the 1-0 win against Bolton. Before having to leave the field injured in the 3-1 win at Charlton.
Doneil has certainly filled a gap, following the injury to Grant Hanley and for that we have to thank Gary Bowyers astute assessment of bringing players in on loan. And of course are ex manager Big Sam.
Rovers U / 21 head coach Eric Kinder, is the newly appointed Rovers Head of Academy.
Kinder (pic above) will still keep the role of U / 21 manager on match days.
Kinder worked with the Rovers Academy between 1999 – 2006 before moving to Carlisle.
Eric was brought back to Rovers by Gary Bowyer in June 2013 as Rovers U / 21 manager.
Kinder’s promotion carries the responsibility of producing home grown players for the first team.
It is the only way forward for clubs run on a ‘shoe string’, like the Rovers.
Kinder describes the role as “his dream job”.
Eric Kinder’s career has been a meteoric rise up the football ladder, for the ex – Clitheroe and Accrington Stanley player. Who used to run the ‘iconic’ Hair and Hounds football team in the Blackburn Sunday League during the 1980’s and early 90’s.
Kinder started his coaching career with Preston North End in 1993.
Eric is well liked within Ewood and has a good relationship with Gary Bowyer. With whom he worked with previously at Brockhall during his first spell at the club.
The abuse, the hostile criticism, the hounding of Blackburn Rovers Manager Gary Bowyer, by some Rovers supporters on social media and through the comments pages of the Lancashire Telegraph are totally out of order.
Not only are they totally unnecessary at a crucial and difficult time in the clubs history they are unproductive and damaging. Sadly partly fuelled by an ill-informed, below average Sports Journalist, Paul Wheelock of the LT.
I have said it before, and I will say it again, Bowyer has worked a minor miracle.
Blackburn Rovers have no right to be placed in the top half of the Sky Bet Championship, given the disasters that have taken place at the club since December 2010, following the sacking of Sam Allardyce.
It is to Bowyers credit we have a team that can even compete at this level, never mind win promotion.
Two years ago, following the sacking of Appleton, Rovers were on the brink of oblivion. Following the reigns of Berg and the awful Kean. In danger of falling into Division One and beyond. And we still are to some extent. In fact the very future and existence of the club is under threat. And don’t pretend otherwise.
Just how Rovers intend to get out of this mess, £80M in debt, a long way from conforming to FFP regulations and a transfer embargo that threatens to run and run, is anyone’s guess. Because the owners do not tell us anything so we do not know.
The only ‘Shining Light’ since 2010 has been Bowyer and his coaching staff. They have more than ‘steadied’ the Ship. They have shown that maybe, just maybe, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
We also have in place an Administrator, in Derek Shaw who would appear to have some idea of how to run a Football Club. Although we never hear from him either. As for our Director Of Communications, Alan Myers – what is the point ??.
But back to Bowyer. When will it register with some Rovers supporters that Rovers plight is NOT repeat NOT Bowyers fault.
If your anger was taken out on those responsible it would be of far more use.
Pressure must be brought to bear to recover some of Rovers lost Millions – through the law courts. Why Venky’s of London do not take legal action against the alleged misdemeanours of Jerome Anderson SEM Agency and Steve Kean plus other vultures, amazes me. Loss of earnings for starters, four seasons without Premiership Football, taking into account the new TV deals, £600m lost revenue sounds about right. How’s that for starters Mr Anderson ?.
Anderson has driven a stake through the Heart of our club and almost killed it. Committing an outrageous Premiership heist. And everyone let him get away with it. Including the fans. UNBELEIVABLE. I warned about it on this site in March 2011 and was ridiculed by all and sundry. Including being banned by LT editor Kevin Young for being too provocative. And you Mr Young are spineless.
I know I will be accused, once again of raking up History. But I, like others would like to see Anderson ‘nailed to the cross’ along with his accomplice the awful Kean.
Fellow correspondents are of the same opinion as me, along with a growing band of others.
The mess both financially and playing standards, that Bowyer, along with Shaw, has had to address is ‘mind blowing’ – and still it goes on.
Those over rated, over the hill and over paid ‘has beens’, Bradley Orr and Leon Best remain at the club on a reported £36k per week. How can a Championship club afford such wages on such mediocrity?
Goal scoring sensation Harry Kane, has reportedly just signed a new contract at Premiership Spurs. In the region of £40k pw and we, due to Anderson’s and Kean’s negotiations, are paying the same to the likes of Orr and Best. Not to mention in the past the departed, Murphy, Goodwillie, Dickson Etuhu, Fabio Nunes, David Raye, to name but a few – the same monies Spurs are paying the likes of Harry Kane. UNBELEIVABLE.
The negativity towards Bowyer by Rovers supporters, follows a trend of recent Rovers managers.
Allardyce – Ince – Souness – Hughes. None of them with hardly a good word in public for Rovers fans.
Hughes left without a backward glance – as did Souness.
Allardyce received little or no sympathy, when sacked, despite being 11th in the Premiership at the time, just five points from the top six.
A bitterness Sam carries with him to this day.
Sam knows what went on the few short months after Venky’s take over. He also knows what part Kean played in it, and the influence exerted on Ewood Park by Agent Anderson. So do John Williams, Tom Finn, and Finance Director Martin Goodman. As outlined in a leaked letter to the clubs owners dated 4th January 2011. Which I will make public in due course.
If Paul Wheelock LT, wants to have a go at someone in his LT column phone up these gentleman. And ask them some questions.
Sam is not hard to get hold of. He makes his mobile number available to most. He is always ready to listen. Although his answers are diplomatic, he will not purge himself. And you may have to read between the lines. I have corresponded with Sam. Let us say we are on texting terms. The other gentleman are all known and are contactable by the LT.
So go on Wheelock give it a try. Do some real journalism for a change. Or do you just want to ‘Bowyer Bash’.
The hounding of Bowyer does the fans and the LT no credit at all. Bowyer deserves our full support.
Will we get promoted. NO. The team is just not good enough. Bowyer puts on a brave face and is full of optimism. He has to be. It his job to be. He cannot just let the season die out.
If he can keep Rovers in the top half of the Championship and build on that – it will be fine by me.
“Be thankful for small mercies”. As my late lovely mother, god rest her soul use to say. Live your life by being “thankful for small mercies”.
Unfortunately in today’s culture of “ We want it now and we want the best “. Logic goes out of the window.
Venky’s of London are saying that if Rovers don’t reach the Premiership by 2016, they will have to review the situation – what does that mean ?. Administration – Liquidation – Ewood Park a Developers Housing Complex ?. Maybe. Who knows !.
If you are angry, you have every right to be. But direct your anger not at Bowyer but at those responsible….
Mr and Mrs Desai – Venkatesh Rao – Balaji Rao – Robert Coar – Gandhi Babu – RT Honourable Jack Straw – The Walker Trust – and the real villains of the piece Anderson and Kean.
But not Gary Bowyer. He is our salvation. He is doing his very best. Rovers are not financially in a position to compete at the top of the League.
Rovers are not going to appoint a new Manager. So get over it. They cannot afford a new management staff. It is not going to happen. Only relegation would trigger that off. So learn to love Bowyer.
He is one of us. He has been at the club for 10 years. He loves and feels for the club. As do his staff, Terry McPhilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder, and others.
If Blackburn Rovers still exist in 2016 / 2017 that is as much as we can ask for at this moment in time.
As for some peoples obsession with Burnley – forget it. They are top of the East Lancs Tree at the moment. After waiting for thirty long years.
Their immediate future assured with even just one season in the Premiership. £150M income and £93M possible parachute payments. All twenty Premiership clubs are now guaranteed financial security and more riches to come with the pending new TV deals. Unless they appoint an Anderson and Kean of course.
And if that annoys you and causes pain, as it does me. Don’t blame Bowyer. Address your anger at those responsible.
Embrace Bowyer and ‘ Be Thankful For Small Mercies ‘.
Together as one we will get our Rovers back. Get angry. I did on the 13th December 2010 and I have been angry ever since. It is about time ‘some’ people caught up.