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Patterson wants FA to investigate Venky’s
11:48am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Sport
FURIOUS Mark Patterson has called on Football Association chiefs to launch an investigation into owners Venky’s – and for Blackburn to appoint Roy Keane as their next boss.
The call from the popular ex-Rover comes just 24 hours after League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan launched an angry attack on Ewood’s hapless regime following Michael Appleton’s sacking.
“I’ve had a 30-year involvement in the game, both at professional and non-league level, and I’ve never seen anything so shambolic in all my life when I look at what is going on at Blackburn,” said Patterson, who lives in Darwen.
“Before that, I supported Rovers as a kid and it breaks my heart to see what is happening because playing for Blackburn made me so proud.
“I stood on the terraces when we beat Plymouth in 1975 in front of 18,000 at Ewood, and that was a big crowd then.
“Legends like Graham Hawkins, Derek Fazackerley and Roger Jones were guys who wore the badge with pride then.
“It is only 18 years ago since Blackburn Rovers were Premier League champions, but this lot have made Blackburn the laughing stock of the football world in the space of a couple of years.
“It is a disgraceful situation, and I really think the powers that be – and I mean the Football Association – should take a serious look at this because Venky’s, I believe, have brought the game and Blackburn Rovers into disrepute.
“They are certainly heaping shame on Blackburn Rovers, and I can’t see this horror show ending happily.
“If Jack Walker, Blackburn’s greatest benefactor, was still with us he would be shedding tears of sorrow at what Venky’s are doing to this great club.”
Appleton this week became the third manager to leave Blackburn this season, following the departures of Steve Kean in September and Henning Berg two months later.
And Patterson reckons hard-man Keane, the former Manchester United legend, would be just the sort of character to instill some much needed fight into Blackburn’s under-achieving squad.
“I’d love to see Roy Keane come in and give it a blast,” added Patterson. “Some of them wouldn’t know what day it was would they?
“Keane has the right attributes to sort it out – he wouldn’t take any silly nonsense.
“The one I feel sorry for is David Dunn because Dunny – a proud Blackburn man – has shed blood for the cause when others have just thrown it in.
“They are certainly going to need him because when I look at the rest of the squad I do wonder if they have the desire and the fight to roll their sleeves up and scrap their way out of trouble.”