'Venky's paying for cull of good football people'

First published in Sport

MR Blackburn Rovers Tony Parkes believes owners Venky’s are still paying for their cull of “good footballing people” early in their tenure – and fears the club will be counting the costs for years to come.

Parkes joined the playing staff at the age of 21 and went on to make almost 400 appearances for the club before becoming a coach, assistant manager, caretaker boss several times over, and a scout.

The 63-year-old has described Henning Berg’s sacking as “the latest farce in a farcical reign” and admits he has no faith in Venky’s getting things right at the club.

Parkes dates Rovers’ downfall back to the day chairman John Williams was forced out of the door, quickly followed by the likes of Tom Finn and Martin Goodman.

He said: “They have made many mistakes but the first decision they made to get rid of John Williams and others was the biggest. The good footballing people left the club and since that day we have been on the slide.

“It is ridiculous. No-one has any faith in the club getting anything right these days and it is so sad. I have no sympathy for the owners or for Shebby Singh – they deserve what they get.

“I do have sympathy for the fans and the players though. The football club deserves better than this but you struggle to see how that is going to happen in this set up.

“When Steve Kean went, Venky’s and Shebby Singh should have gone with him.”

Parkes admits he believes the appointment of the inexperienced Berg was wrong in the first place but is adamant, after appointing him, the Norwegian deserved to be backed.

“It just isn’t right,” he said. “The decision to appoint Berg has obviously been proven to be wrong and I think we would all have preferred a more experienced appointment.

“But the decision was taken by the owners, the board and Singh and by doing that they have to back it. You can’t just change your manager after two months, that is crazy. He didn’t get the chance to put his mark on the squad, he didn’t even get a January transfer window and I don’t think that is right.”

Parkes believes the club will struggle to find too many people willing to take the Ewood Park hotseat.

“Who would take this job? Venky’s would scare anyone off,” he added.

“They need an experienced manager now. They needed that last time though and failed to get him so you have to question whether there is any chance of them getting one this time round.

“The fans want a proven manager and I think the players do, so it is very hard to explain why the owners don’t seem to.”

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9:59pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Rovercast says...

This is all so painfully true and anyone with a modicum of knowledge about the game knows this - hence the reason why the owners are still 'çonfused'.
The talent we have lost on and off the field is beyond belief. That said, I believe we have a squad good enough to avoid relegation with an experienced manager. I think that boat sailed two months ago though.
This is all so painfully true and anyone with a modicum of knowledge about the game knows this - hence the reason why the owners are still 'çonfused'. The talent we have lost on and off the field is beyond belief. That said, I believe we have a squad good enough to avoid relegation with an experienced manager. I think that boat sailed two months ago though. Rovercast
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10:20pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Ian Redmond says...

And in the meantime, the footballing world looks on in silence!
And in the meantime, the footballing world looks on in silence! Ian Redmond
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10:29pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Captain Dreckley says...

What every true Rovers fan would give to have Tony in the dug out tomorrow leading the team
What every true Rovers fan would give to have Tony in the dug out tomorrow leading the team Captain Dreckley
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11:31pm Fri 28 Dec 12

earwego says...

Rover and out? Blackburn director calls for Shebby Singh to be sacked

28 Dec 2012 22:28
Derek Shaw insists the club faces major financial peril if the former TV pundit carries on in charge
Rovers managing director Derek Shaw flew to Venkys HQ in India for a personal summit with owner Mrs Anuradha Desai to ask for Singh to be fired.

http://www.mirror.co
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Rover and out? Blackburn director calls for Shebby Singh to be sacked 28 Dec 2012 22:28 Derek Shaw insists the club faces major financial peril if the former TV pundit carries on in charge Rovers managing director Derek Shaw flew to Venkys HQ in India for a personal summit with owner Mrs Anuradha Desai to ask for Singh to be fired. http://www.mirror.co .uk/sport/football/n ews/blackburn-direct or-derek-shaw-calls- 1508938? earwego
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11:55pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Reality50 says...

Until the Venky's sell up you are doomed. They are the beginning and end of your problems. Any new manager will be shadowed by Singh and his cronies and interference will affect the team. Selling to foreign owners is dangerous as Nottingham Forest have recently found out sacking a good manager for a failure in McLeish.
Until the Venky's sell up you are doomed. They are the beginning and end of your problems. Any new manager will be shadowed by Singh and his cronies and interference will affect the team. Selling to foreign owners is dangerous as Nottingham Forest have recently found out sacking a good manager for a failure in McLeish. Reality50
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4:09am Sat 29 Dec 12

BRFC75 says...

IF ANYONE ,ANYONE takes on the job as manager at ROVERS under Shebby Singh , THEN the new manager deserves everything they get.

Any manager with a pair will say ,I WILL DO THE JOB IF SINGH GOES !! how can anyone with any self respect work under Singh , he is just a complete nincompoof !!

Only people now that Rovers will get are desperados, people like Hendry that would never get a job in a million years at any other football club.
IF ANYONE ,ANYONE takes on the job as manager at ROVERS under Shebby Singh , THEN the new manager deserves everything they get. Any manager with a pair will say ,I WILL DO THE JOB IF SINGH GOES !! how can anyone with any self respect work under Singh , he is just a complete nincompoof !! Only people now that Rovers will get are desperados, people like Hendry that would never get a job in a million years at any other football club. BRFC75
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7:36am Sat 29 Dec 12

Dan11 says...

BRFC75 wrote:
IF ANYONE ,ANYONE takes on the job as manager at ROVERS under Shebby Singh , THEN the new manager deserves everything they get.

Any manager with a pair will say ,I WILL DO THE JOB IF SINGH GOES !! how can anyone with any self respect work under Singh , he is just a complete nincompoof !!

Only people now that Rovers will get are desperados, people like Hendry that would never get a job in a million years at any other football club.
Yes Kevin MacDonald said that he would not take the job if he had Comical Ali forced on him. How out of touch and deluded is Singh, to want Comical Ali as a coach? I think this must be the final nail in the coffin of his role as global advisor at the club.
[quote][p][bold]BRFC75[/bold] wrote: IF ANYONE ,ANYONE takes on the job as manager at ROVERS under Shebby Singh , THEN the new manager deserves everything they get. Any manager with a pair will say ,I WILL DO THE JOB IF SINGH GOES !! how can anyone with any self respect work under Singh , he is just a complete nincompoof !! Only people now that Rovers will get are desperados, people like Hendry that would never get a job in a million years at any other football club.[/p][/quote]Yes Kevin MacDonald said that he would not take the job if he had Comical Ali forced on him. How out of touch and deluded is Singh, to want Comical Ali as a coach? I think this must be the final nail in the coffin of his role as global advisor at the club. Dan11
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7:39am Sat 29 Dec 12

Dan11 says...

Everyone knows that if the Venkys had not sacked and forced out all of the decent, honest and highly skilled football people at the club we would still be a premier league club. They did so because they did not like being given good advice, such as not to sack Big Sam and not appoint Steve Kean and you can go on...They were so arrogant they thought that they knew better and therefore sacked these men.

Replacing them with yes men, bullsh**ers like Kean, and mercenary football agents has led to a situation in which the individual interests of those concerned and not the best interests of the club has been the main priority in decisions.
Everyone knows that if the Venkys had not sacked and forced out all of the decent, honest and highly skilled football people at the club we would still be a premier league club. They did so because they did not like being given good advice, such as not to sack Big Sam and not appoint Steve Kean and you can go on...They were so arrogant they thought that they knew better and therefore sacked these men. Replacing them with yes men, bullsh**ers like Kean, and mercenary football agents has led to a situation in which the individual interests of those concerned and not the best interests of the club has been the main priority in decisions. Dan11
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7:42am Sat 29 Dec 12

Dan11 says...

The final nail in the coffin for John Williams of course was not being consulted as a member of the board about the sacking of Big Sam. He was effectively frozen out and decided to resign rightly as a result. Losing him was the beginning of the end for us as a club, and until the Venkys sell up and take their football agents, mercenaries and bullsh**ers with them this club will be in freefall to league one.
The final nail in the coffin for John Williams of course was not being consulted as a member of the board about the sacking of Big Sam. He was effectively frozen out and decided to resign rightly as a result. Losing him was the beginning of the end for us as a club, and until the Venkys sell up and take their football agents, mercenaries and bullsh**ers with them this club will be in freefall to league one. Dan11
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7:56am Sat 29 Dec 12

Norman T Wangler says...

nail.on head there TP. id eat my own arm to have you back at the club.
nail.on head there TP. id eat my own arm to have you back at the club. Norman T Wangler
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1:24pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Phoenix From The Ashes says...

You ARE the man, Tony Parkes. If only the rest of this nation could see what you have just said in this statement alone. I yearn for a day when Venky's crawl back under that cotton mill rock of theirs along with that anti-democracy super agent who gave them all this wonderful advice.
And when it's all over, there may just be something left of our club....maybe, a few crumbs perhaps. Mr Blackburn Rovers can then return to establish Blackburn Phoenix, we will rise again... But not yet......
You ARE the man, Tony Parkes. If only the rest of this nation could see what you have just said in this statement alone. I yearn for a day when Venky's crawl back under that cotton mill rock of theirs along with that anti-democracy super agent who gave them all this wonderful advice. And when it's all over, there may just be something left of our club....maybe, a few crumbs perhaps. Mr Blackburn Rovers can then return to establish Blackburn Phoenix, we will rise again... But not yet...... Phoenix From The Ashes
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1:52pm Sat 29 Dec 12

BRFC0808 says...

We should be happy bcuz its better late than never instead of Sacking Berg now and waiting to lose after 10 more games and then sacking will be a far farcical decision .
And Besides, the New Manager can use January Transfer Window also ..
We should be happy bcuz its better late than never instead of Sacking Berg now and waiting to lose after 10 more games and then sacking will be a far farcical decision . And Besides, the New Manager can use January Transfer Window also .. BRFC0808
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2:16pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Phoenix From The Ashes says...

^
Can they though, I understand Nott'm Forests decision as they immediately appointed someone with prem experience and he's ready to go and use the jan window if necessary. But we are a different matter. Unlike Forest our strategy, both long-term and short-term appears unclear. Short of trying to employ has-been british asian amatuer ex-pro's as an obvious but blundering gimmick I dnt see where you can come to that conclusion. I would go further and suggest that whoever is insane/greedy enough to take this poison chalice will have to 'assess' the current squad and be told he'll 'have to make do' as by the time we have sorted coaches, backroom and potentially boardroom decisions out the jan window will be shut for Judan Ali... errr i mean whoever gets the job.
Reality sucks!
^ Can they though, I understand Nott'm Forests decision as they immediately appointed someone with prem experience and he's ready to go and use the jan window if necessary. But we are a different matter. Unlike Forest our strategy, both long-term and short-term appears unclear. Short of trying to employ has-been british asian amatuer ex-pro's as an obvious but blundering gimmick I dnt see where you can come to that conclusion. I would go further and suggest that whoever is insane/greedy enough to take this poison chalice will have to 'assess' the current squad and be told he'll 'have to make do' as by the time we have sorted coaches, backroom and potentially boardroom decisions out the jan window will be shut for Judan Ali... errr i mean whoever gets the job. Reality sucks! Phoenix From The Ashes
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10:32pm Sat 29 Dec 12

aaman1 says...

Come back tony please I think you and only you can save this club.
Come back tony please I think you and only you can save this club. aaman1
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