Blackburn Rovers blog: Appleton must get a fair crack of the whip

ANOTHER bizarre week in the topsy turvy world of Blackburn Rovers under Venky’s.

Just days after the announcement Gary Bowyer was to be allowed to continue as caretaker until at least January and we have a new manager.

And it would seem he is a manager, on paper, with no great record to scream about and without the experience you may have thought the next gaffer would have been expected to have.

That said, it is time for us to give Michael Appleton our full backing.

No matter how disappointed fans may be with the appointment, it isn’t his fault he has been given the job, and nobody knows how successful he will be.

I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh?

In fairness he hasn’t really had a chance to shine in management if you look at his record.

A game as West Brom boss, then a year at Portsmouth who are one of a small cluster of clubs in a far worse position than Rovers.

Then two months at Blackpool who had just spent a number of years overachieveing under the excellent Ian Holloway – who wasn’t good enough for our Shebby.

Speaking of Shebby, the future does not look bright for our once outspoken ‘global adviser’. He has gone quiet recently, which is quite refreshing, and had no input in the appointment of our new manager.

I for one won’t be sad to see him go – if he does.

On the pitch we have gone four games unbeaten, a great run in the current climate, and huge thanks must go to Gary Bowyer for seemingly steadying the ship and making the players happy.

He has put himself in the shop window if any clubs out there are looking to gamble on a managerial appointment, having been touted to take the job here on a permanent basis.

I hope he stays at the club as, it would seem, he is a popular member of the backroom team who is clearly an asset on the training ground.

Meanwhile Appleton goes straight into the firing line with four consecutive must-win home league games against Charlton, Brighton, Ipswich and Bristol City.

Those matches will really make or break his Rovers career, and our season, so he needs to be given our support.

Meanwhile, there have been reports that David Bentley could be lined up for an Ewood return.

Bentley, as so often happens, never reached the same heights as he had at Rovers after leaving but he could be just what we need to provide Jordan Rhodes with ammunition.

I am hopeful this one is true.

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8:54am Tue 15 Jan 13

lusorover says...

"I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh? "

A BIT UNFAIR?

It was utterly moronic and shows that, for some people their time in the spotlight has become more important than the good of the Club.

You suggest that we should give the new manager a game at least. Any new manager needs at least a full season, if he has had the benefit of his own pre-season preparations.

We are still suffering from poor pre-season preparation under Kean.

We fans have a huge role to play in getting behind the manager and the team for the rest of this season and beyond.
"I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh? " A BIT UNFAIR? It was utterly moronic and shows that, for some people their time in the spotlight has become more important than the good of the Club. You suggest that we should give the new manager a game at least. Any new manager needs at least a full season, if he has had the benefit of his own pre-season preparations. We are still suffering from poor pre-season preparation under Kean. We fans have a huge role to play in getting behind the manager and the team for the rest of this season and beyond. lusorover

9:01am Tue 15 Jan 13

rovertoys says...

Action Group has done their job, Kean is gone. Get behind the team now. Appleton record is very similiar to what Hughes was before he came.

On Bentley Would love to see him at the Club he is only 28. I remember him and Dunn Together were awsome. Give Dunn a Coaching role.
Action Group has done their job, Kean is gone. Get behind the team now. Appleton record is very similiar to what Hughes was before he came. On Bentley Would love to see him at the Club he is only 28. I remember him and Dunn Together were awsome. Give Dunn a Coaching role. rovertoys

9:08am Tue 15 Jan 13

Nuttall Street says...

I would take issue with two statements in this article:
1. We should give Appleton our full backing. Is this the same as the full backing we were obligated to give to Kean and to Berg? Both were unqualified for the role as is Appleton and it is wearing thin that we should be expected to do so again when common sense and the fans wishes in these managerial appointments is consistently ignored three times on the trot.
2. It is not Appleton's fault he has been given the job. This is rubbish. Of course it is his fault. No one forced him to allow himself to be considered for the job and no one forced him to accept the appointment. When you accept an appointment you have an obligation to be confident that you have the credentials to be able to do the job properly. To act otherwise is dishonest and Appleton does not have the credentials for the job. No doubt the large increase in pay, which he reputedly accepted, was persuasive in his thinking. So Appleton will be under the spotlight from the word go and will get no allowance when he mucks it up as he is in the balance of probabilities most likely to do.
I would take issue with two statements in this article: 1. We should give Appleton our full backing. Is this the same as the full backing we were obligated to give to Kean and to Berg? Both were unqualified for the role as is Appleton and it is wearing thin that we should be expected to do so again when common sense and the fans wishes in these managerial appointments is consistently ignored three times on the trot. 2. It is not Appleton's fault he has been given the job. This is rubbish. Of course it is his fault. No one forced him to allow himself to be considered for the job and no one forced him to accept the appointment. When you accept an appointment you have an obligation to be confident that you have the credentials to be able to do the job properly. To act otherwise is dishonest and Appleton does not have the credentials for the job. No doubt the large increase in pay, which he reputedly accepted, was persuasive in his thinking. So Appleton will be under the spotlight from the word go and will get no allowance when he mucks it up as he is in the balance of probabilities most likely to do. Nuttall Street

9:11am Tue 15 Jan 13

glen9mullan says...

Threaten Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest.
If the newspaper cannot read press releases then its a poor do.
More importantly people should not be able to write things which are not true through a newspaper platform to suit an agenda.
Threaten Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If the newspaper cannot read press releases then its a poor do. More importantly people should not be able to write things which are not true through a newspaper platform to suit an agenda. glen9mullan

9:11am Tue 15 Jan 13

glen9mullan says...

Threaten Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest.
If the newspaper cannot read press releases then its a poor do.
More importantly people should not be able to write things which are not true through a newspaper platform to suit an agenda.
Threaten Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If the newspaper cannot read press releases then its a poor do. More importantly people should not be able to write things which are not true through a newspaper platform to suit an agenda. glen9mullan

9:13am Tue 15 Jan 13

glen9mullan says...

Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement?
Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.
Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base. glen9mullan

9:55am Tue 15 Jan 13

TurkishDelight says...

Kean vs. Allardyce
Cryer vs. Kean
Agnew vs. Singh
Desai vs. Wild
Lancashire Telegraph vs. Action Group
BRFC Real Supporters vs. BRFC Action Group

Home wins all round
Kean vs. Allardyce Cryer vs. Kean Agnew vs. Singh Desai vs. Wild Lancashire Telegraph vs. Action Group BRFC Real Supporters vs. BRFC Action Group Home wins all round TurkishDelight

9:57am Tue 15 Jan 13

srvp28 says...

glen9mullan wrote:
Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement?
Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.
You're quite right, you didn't threaten to protest. You did, however, threaten to 'step up your campaign' against the owners, starting with ceasing all communications with the directors. Are we to assume that you've done this already? If so, when does 'phase 2' of 'give ALL fans a bad name because our time in the spotlight is coming to an end' start?
[quote][p][bold]glen9mullan[/bold] wrote: Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.[/p][/quote]You're quite right, you didn't threaten to protest. You did, however, threaten to 'step up your campaign' against the owners, starting with ceasing all communications with the directors. Are we to assume that you've done this already? If so, when does 'phase 2' of 'give ALL fans a bad name because our time in the spotlight is coming to an end' start? srvp28

10:01am Tue 15 Jan 13

TurkishDelight says...

SRVP28 vs. glen9mullan

Another home win
SRVP28 vs. glen9mullan Another home win TurkishDelight

10:04am Tue 15 Jan 13

1952 rover says...

To all the protesters GIVE IT A REST you are getting BORING.
To all the protesters GIVE IT A REST you are getting BORING. 1952 rover

10:05am Tue 15 Jan 13

1952 rover says...

Does anyone know where Shebby is.?
Does anyone know where Shebby is.? 1952 rover

10:10am Tue 15 Jan 13

srvp28 says...

rovertoys wrote:
Action Group has done their job, Kean is gone. Get behind the team now. Appleton record is very similiar to what Hughes was before he came.

On Bentley Would love to see him at the Club he is only 28. I remember him and Dunn Together were awsome. Give Dunn a Coaching role.
Hughes had never managed at club level before he came to Rovers so it's not possible to compare the two. I agree that everyone needs to get behind Appleton though.
[quote][p][bold]rovertoys[/bold] wrote: Action Group has done their job, Kean is gone. Get behind the team now. Appleton record is very similiar to what Hughes was before he came. On Bentley Would love to see him at the Club he is only 28. I remember him and Dunn Together were awsome. Give Dunn a Coaching role.[/p][/quote]Hughes had never managed at club level before he came to Rovers so it's not possible to compare the two. I agree that everyone needs to get behind Appleton though. srvp28

11:18am Tue 15 Jan 13

ChrisDeBerg says...

glen9mullan wrote:
Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement?
Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.
What was your actual statement? Just for the record as I never heard it and only read an article in this paper the other week.. So I would like to know what you said?

RTID
[quote][p][bold]glen9mullan[/bold] wrote: Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.[/p][/quote]What was your actual statement? Just for the record as I never heard it and only read an article in this paper the other week.. So I would like to know what you said? RTID ChrisDeBerg

11:48am Tue 15 Jan 13

glen9mullan says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
glen9mullan wrote:
Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement?
Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.
What was your actual statement? Just for the record as I never heard it and only read an article in this paper the other week.. So I would like to know what you said?

RTID
We stated that the owners continuation to ignore supporter concerns, despite on-going communication with them would see the group step up their campaign. We made it clear in the press release that the stepping up of the campaign was for us to bring supporter groups together for a meeting, whilst pressing the authorities regarding the information we passed to them last year and further information which has come to light since regarding the clubs administration. We never once stated we would organise any sort of protest. We are a supporters group, not a protest group and since becoming a legal entity have chosen to go down the route of communicating issues around a table with those accountable.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glen9mullan[/bold] wrote: Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.[/p][/quote]What was your actual statement? Just for the record as I never heard it and only read an article in this paper the other week.. So I would like to know what you said? RTID[/p][/quote]We stated that the owners continuation to ignore supporter concerns, despite on-going communication with them would see the group step up their campaign. We made it clear in the press release that the stepping up of the campaign was for us to bring supporter groups together for a meeting, whilst pressing the authorities regarding the information we passed to them last year and further information which has come to light since regarding the clubs administration. We never once stated we would organise any sort of protest. We are a supporters group, not a protest group and since becoming a legal entity have chosen to go down the route of communicating issues around a table with those accountable. glen9mullan

12:33pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bypass06 says...

The BRFC Action Group would like to respond to a Blog which has appeared in today’s edition of the Lancashire Telegraph written by Dan Clough.

In this blog Dan Clough states “I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh?”

The group has today written to the Lancashire Telegraph and to Dan Clough asking for this statement to not only be removed but an apology made forthwith for the comments.

Never at one point over the last 8 months has the BRFC Action Group stated it intends to protest. The group last week issued a statement regarding the owner’s stance to continue to ignore the supporters of our proud club. The group made it clear that despite months of communication the owners still refuse to listen and attendances are now at a 20 year low.

The group pointed out its dismay of the continued Boardroom politics which is handicapping the clubs ability to achieve promotion this season.

The Lancashire Telegraph received this full press release, however despite this they have chosen to allow an employee to let a Blog go to print with a statement which is not only complete fabrication, but is a seed which could cause an even bigger divide in the clubs supporter base than the one which already existed.
The BRFC Action Group would like to respond to a Blog which has appeared in today’s edition of the Lancashire Telegraph written by Dan Clough. In this blog Dan Clough states “I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh?” The group has today written to the Lancashire Telegraph and to Dan Clough asking for this statement to not only be removed but an apology made forthwith for the comments. Never at one point over the last 8 months has the BRFC Action Group stated it intends to protest. The group last week issued a statement regarding the owner’s stance to continue to ignore the supporters of our proud club. The group made it clear that despite months of communication the owners still refuse to listen and attendances are now at a 20 year low. The group pointed out its dismay of the continued Boardroom politics which is handicapping the clubs ability to achieve promotion this season. The Lancashire Telegraph received this full press release, however despite this they have chosen to allow an employee to let a Blog go to print with a statement which is not only complete fabrication, but is a seed which could cause an even bigger divide in the clubs supporter base than the one which already existed. bypass06

12:34pm Tue 15 Jan 13

RoverTheHill says...

Just to teach BRAG members some English....

pro·test
/ˈprōˌtest/
Noun
A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.

By announcing you would sever communication if Appleton was appointed and "step up" your campaign you were in-fact showing your objection to his appointment and so are "protesting". Dan is completely right to say protest in his statement. Your request for an apology because of the use of 1 word is very child-like to say the least and i suggest you do Rovers fans a favour and stop trying to speak for all fans of the club on our behalf because believe it or not the majority of supporters aren't members of BRAG!
Just to teach BRAG members some English.... pro·test /ˈprōˌtest/ Noun A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something. By announcing you would sever communication if Appleton was appointed and "step up" your campaign you were in-fact showing your objection to his appointment and so are "protesting". Dan is completely right to say protest in his statement. Your request for an apology because of the use of 1 word is very child-like to say the least and i suggest you do Rovers fans a favour and stop trying to speak for all fans of the club on our behalf because believe it or not the majority of supporters aren't members of BRAG! RoverTheHill

12:49pm Tue 15 Jan 13

fitz808 says...

Nuttall Street wrote:
I would take issue with two statements in this article:
1. We should give Appleton our full backing. Is this the same as the full backing we were obligated to give to Kean and to Berg? Both were unqualified for the role as is Appleton and it is wearing thin that we should be expected to do so again when common sense and the fans wishes in these managerial appointments is consistently ignored three times on the trot.
2. It is not Appleton's fault he has been given the job. This is rubbish. Of course it is his fault. No one forced him to allow himself to be considered for the job and no one forced him to accept the appointment. When you accept an appointment you have an obligation to be confident that you have the credentials to be able to do the job properly. To act otherwise is dishonest and Appleton does not have the credentials for the job. No doubt the large increase in pay, which he reputedly accepted, was persuasive in his thinking. So Appleton will be under the spotlight from the word go and will get no allowance when he mucks it up as he is in the balance of probabilities most likely to do.
on point 1 - when does a manager become experienced in your book, if Appleton's eyar at Portsmouth doesn't count. or Bergs time in management in Norway. getting hung up on experience is a bit of a red herring in my book. if we do that, then what about presenting as evidence all those 'experienced' manages who get the sack in a year? experience is useful, but not much more.
2 - i assume the point being made by Dan is that, if presented with a similar opportunity, most managers would take it. therefore criticising him for joining the club is a little harsh.

on both your points, its a little premature to be treating Appleton as the enemy. what if he does well? at what point will you change from being a detractor to being a supporter?
[quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: I would take issue with two statements in this article: 1. We should give Appleton our full backing. Is this the same as the full backing we were obligated to give to Kean and to Berg? Both were unqualified for the role as is Appleton and it is wearing thin that we should be expected to do so again when common sense and the fans wishes in these managerial appointments is consistently ignored three times on the trot. 2. It is not Appleton's fault he has been given the job. This is rubbish. Of course it is his fault. No one forced him to allow himself to be considered for the job and no one forced him to accept the appointment. When you accept an appointment you have an obligation to be confident that you have the credentials to be able to do the job properly. To act otherwise is dishonest and Appleton does not have the credentials for the job. No doubt the large increase in pay, which he reputedly accepted, was persuasive in his thinking. So Appleton will be under the spotlight from the word go and will get no allowance when he mucks it up as he is in the balance of probabilities most likely to do.[/p][/quote]on point 1 - when does a manager become experienced in your book, if Appleton's eyar at Portsmouth doesn't count. or Bergs time in management in Norway. getting hung up on experience is a bit of a red herring in my book. if we do that, then what about presenting as evidence all those 'experienced' manages who get the sack in a year? experience is useful, but not much more. 2 - i assume the point being made by Dan is that, if presented with a similar opportunity, most managers would take it. therefore criticising him for joining the club is a little harsh. on both your points, its a little premature to be treating Appleton as the enemy. what if he does well? at what point will you change from being a detractor to being a supporter? fitz808

1:30pm Tue 15 Jan 13

makaveli96 says...

glen9mullan wrote:
Threaten Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If the newspaper cannot read press releases then its a poor do. More importantly people should not be able to write things which are not true through a newspaper platform to suit an agenda.
Steve Tinniswood wouldnt let this happen!
[quote][p][bold]glen9mullan[/bold] wrote: Threaten Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If the newspaper cannot read press releases then its a poor do. More importantly people should not be able to write things which are not true through a newspaper platform to suit an agenda.[/p][/quote]Steve Tinniswood wouldnt let this happen! makaveli96

1:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

makaveli96 says...

glen9mullan wrote:
ChrisDeBerg wrote:
glen9mullan wrote: Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.
What was your actual statement? Just for the record as I never heard it and only read an article in this paper the other week.. So I would like to know what you said? RTID
We stated that the owners continuation to ignore supporter concerns, despite on-going communication with them would see the group step up their campaign. We made it clear in the press release that the stepping up of the campaign was for us to bring supporter groups together for a meeting, whilst pressing the authorities regarding the information we passed to them last year and further information which has come to light since regarding the clubs administration. We never once stated we would organise any sort of protest. We are a supporters group, not a protest group and since becoming a legal entity have chosen to go down the route of communicating issues around a table with those accountable.
I still think a "dirty blanket" sit in protest would have had a greater effect!
[quote][p][bold]glen9mullan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glen9mullan[/bold] wrote: Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.[/p][/quote]What was your actual statement? Just for the record as I never heard it and only read an article in this paper the other week.. So I would like to know what you said? RTID[/p][/quote]We stated that the owners continuation to ignore supporter concerns, despite on-going communication with them would see the group step up their campaign. We made it clear in the press release that the stepping up of the campaign was for us to bring supporter groups together for a meeting, whilst pressing the authorities regarding the information we passed to them last year and further information which has come to light since regarding the clubs administration. We never once stated we would organise any sort of protest. We are a supporters group, not a protest group and since becoming a legal entity have chosen to go down the route of communicating issues around a table with those accountable.[/p][/quote]I still think a "dirty blanket" sit in protest would have had a greater effect! makaveli96

1:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

makaveli96 says...

1952 rover wrote:
Does anyone know where Shebby is.?
Ask Mrs D!
[quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know where Shebby is.?[/p][/quote]Ask Mrs D! makaveli96

1:57pm Tue 15 Jan 13

showbiz says...

BRAG threatened to sever communication with the club. Like it or not Mr Mullan this is a form of protest. You're doing more harm than good and it's time for BRAG to end.
BRAG threatened to sever communication with the club. Like it or not Mr Mullan this is a form of protest. You're doing more harm than good and it's time for BRAG to end. showbiz

2:20pm Tue 15 Jan 13

blueblooded says...

RoverTheHill wrote:
Just to teach BRAG members some English....

pro·test
/ˈprōˌtest/
Noun
A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.

By announcing you would sever communication if Appleton was appointed and "step up" your campaign you were in-fact showing your objection to his appointment and so are "protesting". Dan is completely right to say protest in his statement. Your request for an apology because of the use of 1 word is very child-like to say the least and i suggest you do Rovers fans a favour and stop trying to speak for all fans of the club on our behalf because believe it or not the majority of supporters aren't members of BRAG!
Well said!

I'll add to that. that we are STILL waiting to see this dodgy dossier that Mr Mullen refers to "the information we passed to them last year and further information which has come to light since regarding the clubs administration", that they claim to have that even members of BRAG that I know, have yet to see.

If you have such damning evidence, why are you so loathe to put it into the public domain and gain the support of all your fellow fans, rather than the exclusive boys club you have created?
[quote][p][bold]RoverTheHill[/bold] wrote: Just to teach BRAG members some English.... pro·test /ˈprōˌtest/ Noun A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something. By announcing you would sever communication if Appleton was appointed and "step up" your campaign you were in-fact showing your objection to his appointment and so are "protesting". Dan is completely right to say protest in his statement. Your request for an apology because of the use of 1 word is very child-like to say the least and i suggest you do Rovers fans a favour and stop trying to speak for all fans of the club on our behalf because believe it or not the majority of supporters aren't members of BRAG![/p][/quote]Well said! I'll add to that. that we are STILL waiting to see this dodgy dossier that Mr Mullen refers to "the information we passed to them last year and further information which has come to light since regarding the clubs administration", that they claim to have that even members of BRAG that I know, have yet to see. If you have such damning evidence, why are you so loathe to put it into the public domain and gain the support of all your fellow fans, rather than the exclusive boys club you have created? blueblooded

2:58pm Tue 15 Jan 13

TurkishDelight says...

please BRAG. Sever communication with the club...for the good of the real fans.
please BRAG. Sever communication with the club...for the good of the real fans. TurkishDelight

7:14pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Angry From Accrington says...

We should give Appleton the same crack of the whip that he gave Blackpool.
We should give Appleton the same crack of the whip that he gave Blackpool. Angry From Accrington

7:49pm Tue 15 Jan 13

upholland rover says...

Any real rovers fan will back Appleton and though its true Bowyer did a good job you have to take into account fairly weak opposition in three of his matches and the fact that luck was on our side in two of the games also. Appleton needs time and Support!
Any real rovers fan will back Appleton and though its true Bowyer did a good job you have to take into account fairly weak opposition in three of his matches and the fact that luck was on our side in two of the games also. Appleton needs time and Support! upholland rover

10:41pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Nuttall Street says...

fitz808 wrote:
Nuttall Street wrote:
I would take issue with two statements in this article:
1. We should give Appleton our full backing. Is this the same as the full backing we were obligated to give to Kean and to Berg? Both were unqualified for the role as is Appleton and it is wearing thin that we should be expected to do so again when common sense and the fans wishes in these managerial appointments is consistently ignored three times on the trot.
2. It is not Appleton's fault he has been given the job. This is rubbish. Of course it is his fault. No one forced him to allow himself to be considered for the job and no one forced him to accept the appointment. When you accept an appointment you have an obligation to be confident that you have the credentials to be able to do the job properly. To act otherwise is dishonest and Appleton does not have the credentials for the job. No doubt the large increase in pay, which he reputedly accepted, was persuasive in his thinking. So Appleton will be under the spotlight from the word go and will get no allowance when he mucks it up as he is in the balance of probabilities most likely to do.
on point 1 - when does a manager become experienced in your book, if Appleton's eyar at Portsmouth doesn't count. or Bergs time in management in Norway. getting hung up on experience is a bit of a red herring in my book. if we do that, then what about presenting as evidence all those 'experienced' manages who get the sack in a year? experience is useful, but not much more.
2 - i assume the point being made by Dan is that, if presented with a similar opportunity, most managers would take it. therefore criticising him for joining the club is a little harsh.

on both your points, its a little premature to be treating Appleton as the enemy. what if he does well? at what point will you change from being a detractor to being a supporter?
Dear Old Fitz, 90% of what you have written is absolute drivel. You ask at what point would I change from being a detractor to being a supporter. Well, not now. The answer is at the same time as Appleton changed from a non entity to a manger with an established pattern of success behind him. I would be delighted to see that happen, but it is extremely unlikely. Still, it is possible to live in hope without living in expectation.
[quote][p][bold]fitz808[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: I would take issue with two statements in this article: 1. We should give Appleton our full backing. Is this the same as the full backing we were obligated to give to Kean and to Berg? Both were unqualified for the role as is Appleton and it is wearing thin that we should be expected to do so again when common sense and the fans wishes in these managerial appointments is consistently ignored three times on the trot. 2. It is not Appleton's fault he has been given the job. This is rubbish. Of course it is his fault. No one forced him to allow himself to be considered for the job and no one forced him to accept the appointment. When you accept an appointment you have an obligation to be confident that you have the credentials to be able to do the job properly. To act otherwise is dishonest and Appleton does not have the credentials for the job. No doubt the large increase in pay, which he reputedly accepted, was persuasive in his thinking. So Appleton will be under the spotlight from the word go and will get no allowance when he mucks it up as he is in the balance of probabilities most likely to do.[/p][/quote]on point 1 - when does a manager become experienced in your book, if Appleton's eyar at Portsmouth doesn't count. or Bergs time in management in Norway. getting hung up on experience is a bit of a red herring in my book. if we do that, then what about presenting as evidence all those 'experienced' manages who get the sack in a year? experience is useful, but not much more. 2 - i assume the point being made by Dan is that, if presented with a similar opportunity, most managers would take it. therefore criticising him for joining the club is a little harsh. on both your points, its a little premature to be treating Appleton as the enemy. what if he does well? at what point will you change from being a detractor to being a supporter?[/p][/quote]Dear Old Fitz, 90% of what you have written is absolute drivel. You ask at what point would I change from being a detractor to being a supporter. Well, not now. The answer is at the same time as Appleton changed from a non entity to a manger with an established pattern of success behind him. I would be delighted to see that happen, but it is extremely unlikely. Still, it is possible to live in hope without living in expectation. Nuttall Street

10:20am Wed 16 Jan 13

AndyW says...

Action Group - go away.

You don't represent us (the majority of the fans) and we don't want you to.

You do nothing but embarrass us with your constant illiterate dribble.

Seriously, just give it up now.
You've had your 5 minutes of being on the radio/tv but it's now at the stage where you are damaging the image of the club far more than Venky's ever could.

You will be the next Steve Keans if you don't pack it in soon.
Action Group - go away. You don't represent us (the majority of the fans) and we don't want you to. You do nothing but embarrass us with your constant illiterate dribble. Seriously, just give it up now. You've had your 5 minutes of being on the radio/tv but it's now at the stage where you are damaging the image of the club far more than Venky's ever could. You will be the next Steve Keans if you don't pack it in soon. AndyW

11:06am Wed 16 Jan 13

upholland rover says...

Appleton is clearly far more qualified to be a championship manager than either Kean or Berg and possibly a better bet than the tired old so called experienced managers repeatedly trotted out. By the whiners.
Appleton is clearly far more qualified to be a championship manager than either Kean or Berg and possibly a better bet than the tired old so called experienced managers repeatedly trotted out. By the whiners. upholland rover

12:27pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Oakdale blue says...

glen9mullan wrote:
Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.
A classic kettle calling pot post. The so called Action Group are hell bent on destroying our club for their own moment in the internet limelight
[quote][p][bold]glen9mullan[/bold] wrote: Action group threatened Protest Dan? Would you like to retract that statement? Not at one point did the Action Group threaten protest. If you cannot be bothered reading press releases then you really should not be using the Platform of the local paper to spread lies into the supporter base.[/p][/quote]A classic kettle calling pot post. The so called Action Group are hell bent on destroying our club for their own moment in the internet limelight Oakdale blue

12:41pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Oakdale blue says...

bypass06 wrote:
The BRFC Action Group would like to respond to a Blog which has appeared in today’s edition of the Lancashire Telegraph written by Dan Clough. In this blog Dan Clough states “I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh?” The group has today written to the Lancashire Telegraph and to Dan Clough asking for this statement to not only be removed but an apology made forthwith for the comments. Never at one point over the last 8 months has the BRFC Action Group stated it intends to protest. The group last week issued a statement regarding the owner’s stance to continue to ignore the supporters of our proud club. The group made it clear that despite months of communication the owners still refuse to listen and attendances are now at a 20 year low. The group pointed out its dismay of the continued Boardroom politics which is handicapping the clubs ability to achieve promotion this season. The Lancashire Telegraph received this full press release, however despite this they have chosen to allow an employee to let a Blog go to print with a statement which is not only complete fabrication, but is a seed which could cause an even bigger divide in the clubs supporter base than the one which already existed.
oh dear oh dear .......... allow a Blog go to print with a statement which is not only complete fabrication, but is a seed which could cause an even bigger divide in the clubs supporter base than the one which already existed.........

now forgive me but isn't that what the so called Action Group have been doing throughout their existence, stirring up unrest between supporters by spouting on here, the internet, on twitter all sorts of comments that lack any sort of credibility. Your comments do not represent those of the majority of the supporters, your means of broadcasting your drivel is annoying and embarrassing to the loyal supporters. It's time you disbanded and crawled back under the stone from whence you came
[quote][p][bold]bypass06[/bold] wrote: The BRFC Action Group would like to respond to a Blog which has appeared in today’s edition of the Lancashire Telegraph written by Dan Clough. In this blog Dan Clough states “I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh?” The group has today written to the Lancashire Telegraph and to Dan Clough asking for this statement to not only be removed but an apology made forthwith for the comments. Never at one point over the last 8 months has the BRFC Action Group stated it intends to protest. The group last week issued a statement regarding the owner’s stance to continue to ignore the supporters of our proud club. The group made it clear that despite months of communication the owners still refuse to listen and attendances are now at a 20 year low. The group pointed out its dismay of the continued Boardroom politics which is handicapping the clubs ability to achieve promotion this season. The Lancashire Telegraph received this full press release, however despite this they have chosen to allow an employee to let a Blog go to print with a statement which is not only complete fabrication, but is a seed which could cause an even bigger divide in the clubs supporter base than the one which already existed.[/p][/quote]oh dear oh dear .......... allow a Blog go to print with a statement which is not only complete fabrication, but is a seed which could cause an even bigger divide in the clubs supporter base than the one which already existed......... now forgive me but isn't that what the so called Action Group have been doing throughout their existence, stirring up unrest between supporters by spouting on here, the internet, on twitter all sorts of comments that lack any sort of credibility. Your comments do not represent those of the majority of the supporters, your means of broadcasting your drivel is annoying and embarrassing to the loyal supporters. It's time you disbanded and crawled back under the stone from whence you came Oakdale blue

3:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

noddy57 says...

the venkys can still save their investment if they grasp the nettle with both hands, first thing sack all t5he titled nobodys i e agnew shaw singh hendry, then consult openly with the fans representatives,,lis
ten to the advice on who can get the best of the squad and the rest will take care of its self,,this week end is vital to the whole club,anything less than 3 points is failure,
the venkys can still save their investment if they grasp the nettle with both hands, first thing sack all t5he titled nobodys i e agnew shaw singh hendry, then consult openly with the fans representatives,,lis ten to the advice on who can get the best of the squad and the rest will take care of its self,,this week end is vital to the whole club,anything less than 3 points is failure, noddy57

3:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

noddy57 says...

the venkys can still save their investment if they grasp the nettle with both hands, first thing sack all t5he titled nobodys i e agnew shaw singh hendry, then consult openly with the fans representatives,,lis
ten to the advice on who can get the best of the squad and the rest will take care of its self,,this week end is vital to the whole club,anything less than 3 points is failure,
the venkys can still save their investment if they grasp the nettle with both hands, first thing sack all t5he titled nobodys i e agnew shaw singh hendry, then consult openly with the fans representatives,,lis ten to the advice on who can get the best of the squad and the rest will take care of its self,,this week end is vital to the whole club,anything less than 3 points is failure, noddy57

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