Blackburn Rovers review of season: Part two

IN the second part of our review of Blackburn Rovers’ season, Chris Flanagan looks at the end of a dramatic season at Ewood Park.

JANUARY

WITH Gary Bowyer in caretaker charge, Rovers started 2013 with a 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest.

Then came an FA Cup triumph over Bristol City, played in front of only 5,504 at Ewood Park.

Rovers had announced that Bowyer would remain in charge until the end of January but that plan changed midway through the month as a deal was agreed with Blackpool to bring in Michael Appleton as the club’s new boss.

It did not prove popular with all of the squad, many of whom thought Bowyer deserved longer in charge, and Danny Murphy struggled to hide his feelings in an interview after a draw at Wolves in Bowyer’s last game at the helm.

Appleton’s first match was a home loss to Charlton in front of owners Venky’s, with Anuradha Desai’s husband hit by a snowball thrown by a fan before the match.

The new manager’s first win was a 3-0 triumph in the FA Cup fourth round at Derby but there was frustration on the final day of the January transfer window as Rovers missed the deadline to sign DJ Campbell and Jerome Thomas.

FEBRUARY

ROVERS made it three wins in a row with home victories over Bristol City and Ipswich to give them hope of forcing their way back into play-off contention.

Appleton did bring in DJ Campbell in a loan deal from QPR but West Bromwich Albion opted against allowing Jerome Thomas to join on a temporary basis.

Free agent Lee Williamson was also signed and his arrival was quickly followed by the loan captures of Karim Rekik and David Bentley, returning to the club where he starred before a big money switch to Tottenham.

A draw at Brighton was then followed by the undoubted high point of Appleton’s reign as Rovers boss, with Colin Kazim-Richards netting in 1-0 win at Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round.

Rovers ended the month though with one point from three games against Hull, Leeds and Leicester.

MARCH

ROVERS started March by signing Cameron Stewart and David Jones on loan from Hull and Wigan respectively.

But their first game of the month was a disaster as they fell 3-0 down at home to Peterborough inside only 27 minutes as Dwight Gayle netted a shock hat-trick. The game eventually finished 3-2.

Danny Murphy was replaced as captain by Scott Dann but a draw at Millwall in the FA Cup quarter finals gave them real hope of a date with Wigan in the semi finals at Wembley.

That hope was dashed three days later though as Danny Shittu’s goal gave Millwall victory in the replay at Ewood Park, in front of only 8,635.

Rovers were then in real danger of not only slipping into the relegation mix but also losing to Burnley for the first time in 34 years before David Dunn’s dramatic late equaliser sent Ewood Park into delirium.

But it was not enough to save Michael Appleton, who was surprisingly sacked after only 67 days in charge later that week.

The move threw the club back into turmoil. Gary Bowyer stepped in as caretaker for a second time, put in charge until the end of the season, and drew 1-1 at home to Blackpool on Good Friday.

APRIL

ROVERS’ winless run extended to 11 games as they were beaten 3-0 at Cardiff before slipping to a 3-2 loss at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Hillsborough defeat put Rovers in the Championship’s bottom three and left fans with deep fears of a second successive relegation.

Many supporters were then left puzzled as Gary Bowyer was asked to travel to India with Paul Agnew and Derek Shaw to meet the owners ahead of a crucial home game against Derby.

But Bowyer returned saying reassurances he had received from the owners would help the squad, and Rovers beat Derby 2-0 before following that up with victory over Huddersfield.

A 4-0 loss at Watford kept them in the mix but then followed a comeback triumph at Millwall that put Rovers five points away from the relegation zone with only two games left to play.

A home draw against Crystal Palace then left them effectively safe.

But there remained issues off the field, with internal problems played out in court during Henning Berg’s £2.25m claim against the club. Berg won the case, but before that Rovers’ own lawyers admitted the club was ‘out of control’ and ‘a shambles’.

They added that Shaw was operating without the authority of the owners and was subject to a disciplinary investigation over Berg’s contract.

MAY

Rovers finished the season in 17th place in the Championship after a 1-1 draw at Birmingham on the final day.

Jordan Rhodes netted again but his tally of 29 league goals left him one behind Championship top scorer Glenn Murray, of Crystal Palace.

Rovers finished four points clear of the bottom three, but three points adrift of Burnley.

Off the field Derek Shaw and secretary Ian Silvester travelled to India to meet the owners, but Shaw’s future remained unclear after the talks.

Both returned to England and went back to work as normal.

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9:47am Sat 11 May 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

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9:47am Sat 11 May 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Is someone getting paid for this rubbish reporting?
Is someone getting paid for this rubbish reporting? Lancs - pensioner

9:48am Sat 11 May 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

LET

Venkys Muppets
LET Venkys Muppets Lancs - pensioner

10:13am Sat 11 May 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Burnleys manager has completed his first signing!

Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday!

The Circus at Ewood continues!

Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job?

The Circus at Ewood continues!
Burnleys manager has completed his first signing! Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday! The Circus at Ewood continues! Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job? The Circus at Ewood continues! Lancs - pensioner

11:00am Sat 11 May 13

hasslem hasslem says...

lancs pensioner has got issues - might be boring to you - you don't have to read it, get a life

not been called LET for about 10 years
lancs pensioner has got issues - might be boring to you - you don't have to read it, get a life not been called LET for about 10 years hasslem hasslem

12:41pm Sat 11 May 13

BRFC75 says...

Shaw/Agnew/Singh will all keep their jobs as they are all company men , the court farce about Shaw will be seen as a scam to not pay Berg his due contract . Bowyer will be confirmed as manager / there will be NO big money spent as they cannot trust anyone to spend it.

It will be same as/same as/same !

They will get a good offer for Rhodes they will not let him go , as they fear retribution from the supporters , Rhodes will get disillusioned with it all,and lose interest in them all.

Hughes/Kenny/Souness
/Mackay/Hodgson/Kend
all/ Carey/Marshall
A MANAGER GOES TO A CLUB BECAUSE THEY DESPERATELY NEED AND WANT YOU , AND NOT TO BE ON STAFF AND HUMBLY HOPE THEY GIVE YOU THE JOB.
Shaw/Agnew/Singh will all keep their jobs as they are all company men , the court farce about Shaw will be seen as a scam to not pay Berg his due contract . Bowyer will be confirmed as manager / there will be NO big money spent as they cannot trust anyone to spend it. It will be same as/same as/same ! They will get a good offer for Rhodes they will not let him go , as they fear retribution from the supporters , Rhodes will get disillusioned with it all,and lose interest in them all. Hughes/Kenny/Souness /Mackay/Hodgson/Kend all/ Carey/Marshall A MANAGER GOES TO A CLUB BECAUSE THEY DESPERATELY NEED AND WANT YOU , AND NOT TO BE ON STAFF AND HUMBLY HOPE THEY GIVE YOU THE JOB. BRFC75

1:06pm Sat 11 May 13

davemal says...

None of them will lose their jobs, it will be the same as last year, everybody starts the new season with a clean sheet.
Rovers should be made into a soap it will be the best one on television, it would beat Corrie and eastenders hands down.
None of them will lose their jobs, it will be the same as last year, everybody starts the new season with a clean sheet. Rovers should be made into a soap it will be the best one on television, it would beat Corrie and eastenders hands down. davemal

1:23pm Sat 11 May 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
lancs pensioner has got issues - might be boring to you - you don't have to read it, get a life

not been called LET for about 10 years
Hi HH
Yeh it's boring to me because I'd like the LET or whatever you call it to get some real news not stupid story's like this.
Don't you want to know updates on players, the new manager, the new board member.
Not this dross, here's hoping!
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: lancs pensioner has got issues - might be boring to you - you don't have to read it, get a life not been called LET for about 10 years[/p][/quote]Hi HH Yeh it's boring to me because I'd like the LET or whatever you call it to get some real news not stupid story's like this. Don't you want to know updates on players, the new manager, the new board member. Not this dross, here's hoping! Lancs - pensioner

6:51pm Sat 11 May 13

Angry From Accrington says...

REVIEW OF THE SEASON PART 3:
It was crap.
REVIEW OF THE SEASON PART 3: It was crap. Angry From Accrington

7:57pm Sat 11 May 13

RoversMCMLXXV says...

THE WHOLE F*CKING SEASON WAS SH1T.

There you go Chris, summed up in one sentence. I could've saved you wasting a couple hours of your life mate.
THE WHOLE F*CKING SEASON WAS SH1T. There you go Chris, summed up in one sentence. I could've saved you wasting a couple hours of your life mate. RoversMCMLXXV

9:26am Sun 12 May 13

srvp28 says...

"Rovers finished four points clear of the bottom three, but three points adrift of Burnley."

Newsflash, Chris, We're not as obsessed with Burnley as they are with us so where the Dingles finished is irrelevant in an article about our season.
"Rovers finished four points clear of the bottom three, but three points adrift of Burnley." Newsflash, Chris, We're not as obsessed with Burnley as they are with us so where the Dingles finished is irrelevant in an article about our season. srvp28

5:13pm Sun 12 May 13

noddy57 says...

too close for comfort, big changes required at Ewood,,,,,,but very unlikely to happen with these clowns and jesters in control,
too close for comfort, big changes required at Ewood,,,,,,but very unlikely to happen with these clowns and jesters in control, noddy57

7:12pm Sun 12 May 13

Harwoodstblue says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Burnleys manager has completed his first signing!

Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday!

The Circus at Ewood continues!

Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job?

The Circus at Ewood continues!
Venkys have clearly learned nothing during the last 2.5 yrs. Either that or they aren't serious, or simply don't care.
Does anyone really believe they ' haven't made their minds up' about Bowyer yet ? Just more keeping the fans / their customers in the dark.
I'm keeping my options open about next season. The ball's firmly in their court as far as far as I'm concerned. Over to them.
PS. If they decide to sell the better players to reduce the debt what kind of squad will we be left with ?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Burnleys manager has completed his first signing! Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday! The Circus at Ewood continues! Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job? The Circus at Ewood continues![/p][/quote]Venkys have clearly learned nothing during the last 2.5 yrs. Either that or they aren't serious, or simply don't care. Does anyone really believe they ' haven't made their minds up' about Bowyer yet ? Just more keeping the fans / their customers in the dark. I'm keeping my options open about next season. The ball's firmly in their court as far as far as I'm concerned. Over to them. PS. If they decide to sell the better players to reduce the debt what kind of squad will we be left with ? Harwoodstblue

7:20pm Sun 12 May 13

fragileworld says...

Unless we all BOYCOTT Ewood Park nothing will be changed ,do you all want this to continue ?? Refrain from buying season tickets,turn up "en
masse" for the first game but don' t attend the game, instead have a mass protest outside and let the footballing world KNOW we mean business.
Unless we all BOYCOTT Ewood Park nothing will be changed ,do you all want this to continue ?? Refrain from buying season tickets,turn up "en masse" for the first game but don' t attend the game, instead have a mass protest outside and let the footballing world KNOW we mean business. fragileworld

7:23pm Sun 12 May 13

peely says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Burnleys manager has completed his first signing!

Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday!

The Circus at Ewood continues!

Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job?

The Circus at Ewood continues!
Venkys have clearly learned nothing during the last 2.5 yrs. Either that or they aren't serious, or simply don't care.
Does anyone really believe they ' haven't made their minds up' about Bowyer yet ? Just more keeping the fans / their customers in the dark.
I'm keeping my options open about next season. The ball's firmly in their court as far as far as I'm concerned. Over to them.
PS. If they decide to sell the better players to reduce the debt what kind of squad will we be left with ?
There,s no better players to sell ! The whole sad bunch of them are where they are because that's all they,re fit for (Rhodes included ) they,re average championship players except for Rhodes who is a very good championship player , and that,s it ! End of !
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Burnleys manager has completed his first signing! Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday! The Circus at Ewood continues! Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job? The Circus at Ewood continues![/p][/quote]Venkys have clearly learned nothing during the last 2.5 yrs. Either that or they aren't serious, or simply don't care. Does anyone really believe they ' haven't made their minds up' about Bowyer yet ? Just more keeping the fans / their customers in the dark. I'm keeping my options open about next season. The ball's firmly in their court as far as far as I'm concerned. Over to them. PS. If they decide to sell the better players to reduce the debt what kind of squad will we be left with ?[/p][/quote]There,s no better players to sell ! The whole sad bunch of them are where they are because that's all they,re fit for (Rhodes included ) they,re average championship players except for Rhodes who is a very good championship player , and that,s it ! End of ! peely

7:44pm Sun 12 May 13

Harwoodstblue says...

peely wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Burnleys manager has completed his first signing!

Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday!

The Circus at Ewood continues!

Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job?

The Circus at Ewood continues!
Venkys have clearly learned nothing during the last 2.5 yrs. Either that or they aren't serious, or simply don't care.
Does anyone really believe they ' haven't made their minds up' about Bowyer yet ? Just more keeping the fans / their customers in the dark.
I'm keeping my options open about next season. The ball's firmly in their court as far as far as I'm concerned. Over to them.
PS. If they decide to sell the better players to reduce the debt what kind of squad will we be left with ?
There,s no better players to sell ! The whole sad bunch of them are where they are because that's all they,re fit for (Rhodes included ) they,re average championship players except for Rhodes who is a very good championship player , and that,s it ! End of !
I think Rhodes, Dann, Hanley and Ollson are all saleable assets who would bring in a sizeable sum. I hope Venkys aren't tempted to sell or we would really be up the creek.
[quote][p][bold]peely[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Burnleys manager has completed his first signing! Blackburns proposed manager has gone on holiday! The Circus at Ewood continues! Shaw cost BRFC 2.3 million and keeps his job? The Circus at Ewood continues![/p][/quote]Venkys have clearly learned nothing during the last 2.5 yrs. Either that or they aren't serious, or simply don't care. Does anyone really believe they ' haven't made their minds up' about Bowyer yet ? Just more keeping the fans / their customers in the dark. I'm keeping my options open about next season. The ball's firmly in their court as far as far as I'm concerned. Over to them. PS. If they decide to sell the better players to reduce the debt what kind of squad will we be left with ?[/p][/quote]There,s no better players to sell ! The whole sad bunch of them are where they are because that's all they,re fit for (Rhodes included ) they,re average championship players except for Rhodes who is a very good championship player , and that,s it ! End of ![/p][/quote]I think Rhodes, Dann, Hanley and Ollson are all saleable assets who would bring in a sizeable sum. I hope Venkys aren't tempted to sell or we would really be up the creek. Harwoodstblue

1:56pm Mon 13 May 13

Sherwoodforest says...

Sh1t
Sh1t Sherwoodforest

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