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Derek Fazackerley: 'A climate of fear exists at Blackburn Rovers'

Lancashire Telegraph: Derek Fazackerley Derek Fazackerley

DEREK Fazackerley is concerned that a climate of fear now exists around Ewood Park – and thinks staff will be hoping that global advisor Shebby Singh does not return from India.

Operations director Paul Agnew became the latest person to leave Blackburn Rovers on Friday in a period of huge change since Venky’s bought the club in November 2010.

The owners have presided over the exit of a number of managers, board members and other Ewood staff and Fazackerley – Rovers’ all-time leading appearance maker – thinks it has left everyone at the club fearing they could lose their job at any moment.

Fazackerley, now first-team coach at Birmingham City, is based in Langho and still returns to Ewood for matches whenever possible.

But he thinks too many changes have been made in a short space of time, and feels he is now returning to a building rather than a community.

“The people are not the same,” Fazackerley said.

“Yes it’s the same people on the doors but there’s even a feeling of unease around them because obviously they’re looking over their shoulders thinking, ‘What’s the next decision going to lead to? Is it going to cost me my job?’.

“Sadly they’ve had an awfully big turnover not only in managers but also in administration staff as well.

“That can’t help at all.”

Singh remains in position, having joined the club last summer in the unusual title of global advisor.

But he has now been away from Blackburn for more than two months, spending that time in India either side of a two-week break in his homeland of Malaysia.

There had been indications that he has considered staying away while Derek Shaw remains at the club.

The managing director is due back at Ewood today after returning from the Football League’s AGM in Portugal.

Fazackerley has been puzzled by Singh’s role at the club.

“You tell me another football club that has a global advisor? I can't think of another one,” he said.

“All Derek Shaw and Shebby Singh seem to do is undermine each other and people can see that.

“Shebby Singh has not been heard or seen for a good while. I think people will just think and hope that he won’t come back.

“Go and advise on the globe if that’s what his title is.”

Fazackerley spent 18 years in the Rovers first team and then returned for a spell as a coach in the late 1990s.

He has been left dismayed by events at Ewood in recent times.

“It does upset me,” he said.

“To do what they’ve done over the last 18 months or two years has been nothing sort of shambolic really.

“As an organisation unless they get it right at the top they’re going to find it very difficult to get it right on the pitch.

“You don’t want to be too negative, you don’t want to be disparaging about people but some of the decisions that have been made down there over the last two years since the change of ownership of the club have been beyond belief.

“It’s an absolute crying shame where the club has ended up.

“Even when I was there under the excellent guidance of people like Tom Finn, John Williams, they didn’t get everything right.

“The club got relegated but what they did following relegation was make sure that the next decision was the right decision to get them out of that downward spiral.

“They brought the right people in.”

Fazackerley has been left baffled by the managerial merry-go-round at the club in the last 12 months.

Among those recruited were Henning Berg and Michael Appleton, both experienced managers and considered by many to be surprise appointments.

“To stick with Steve Kean for so long despite some very poor results in the Premier League, which led to relegation, and for him to leave when they were near the top of the league, whatever the circumstances were, was strange,” said the 61-year-old.

“Then there would have been a number of highly qualified people who would have been interested in the job when they appointed Henning.

“I like Henning, he’s an honourable man. When I was at Blackburn as a coach he could have left to go to Manchester United at Christmas and he asked the board if he could leave and they said no.

“Most players, having been refused an opportunity to go to Manchester United, would have spat their dummy out and said, ‘I’m not playing for this club again’.

“But he didn’t, he was our best defender that season so I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“But to make an appointment like that, with someone who had no experience of management in England.

“Then to go for Mike Appleton who is probably a decent fellow but he didn’t win too many games at Portsmouth and he didn’t win too many games at Blackpool.

“I just find it incredible when there were people about who they probably could have got for the job during the season, people like Ian Holloway and Mick McCarthy.”

Fazackerley now hopes Gary Bowyer can revive Rovers’ fortunes.

“With the parachute payments, clubs coming down from the Premier League have a huge advantage and that’s where Blackburn have probably wasted a year,” he said.

“I’ve always been made more than welcome when I’ve come back to Blackburn and you want to see the club do well, back up on its feet and pressing for a place in the Premier League, although obviously not at my expense at Birmingham!

“That’s what I would want to see as a supporter of the club because the longer you’re out the harder it gets.

“This year was the year to go up because it’s been an ordinary league. Cardiff won the league with less than two points per game and Hull had 79, which is probably one of lower totals of the last few years “You just hope that they’ve made a decision now and they’ve appointed Gary Bowyer and there’s a period of stability. But they’ve got to get it right at the top.

“They’ve alienated I don’t know how many supporters. Over the years through the Premier League and through winning the league they’ve built up a really good solid fanbase and it’s just been cast aside in a matter of months.

“That’s the really sad part of it.”

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7:02pm Mon 10 Jun 13

grimupnorth says...

Simples

Make Faz Chairman, he is Rovers through and through he has experience at top level including the England set up, and He would have the backing of all of us
But would he take it on?
Simples Make Faz Chairman, he is Rovers through and through he has experience at top level including the England set up, and He would have the backing of all of us But would he take it on? grimupnorth
  • Score: 6

7:42pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Sherwoodforest says...

Well said Faz, Singh and Shaw are Punatics.
Well said Faz, Singh and Shaw are Punatics. Sherwoodforest
  • Score: 3

7:46pm Mon 10 Jun 13

vicn1956 says...

Agnew-"To be dealt with in this manner"
Biter bit eh!
They can dish it out but they don't like it when they receive it.
Agnew-"To be dealt with in this manner" Biter bit eh! They can dish it out but they don't like it when they receive it. vicn1956
  • Score: 2

8:22pm Mon 10 Jun 13

dangerous dave says...

'Faz' makes his points diplomatically on the subject of how badly the Club has and is being run by the current 'regime' and I agree with every word he says!!
OUT WITH SHAW SINGH VENKYS COAR HENDRY
'Faz' makes his points diplomatically on the subject of how badly the Club has and is being run by the current 'regime' and I agree with every word he says!! OUT WITH SHAW SINGH VENKYS COAR HENDRY dangerous dave
  • Score: 2

8:28pm Mon 10 Jun 13

halfblue_halfwhite says...

Excellent commentary from a genuine, professional, competent footballing man.
That plus a Rovers legend to boot!
Interesting comment from grimupnorth above, and maybe not so wide of the mark.
I have thought for a while now that what this management team needs is a person on board with a long history in the English game, respected by most and who can see it like it is and is not afraid to say so.
That said, such a person is the least likely to get a seat on the board as it would scare the pants off the owners! (And we do have our very own Mr Singh to ‘globally’ advise us after all !!!)
Excellent commentary from a genuine, professional, competent footballing man. That plus a Rovers legend to boot! Interesting comment from grimupnorth above, and maybe not so wide of the mark. I have thought for a while now that what this management team needs is a person on board with a long history in the English game, respected by most and who can see it like it is and is not afraid to say so. That said, such a person is the least likely to get a seat on the board as it would scare the pants off the owners! (And we do have our very own Mr Singh to ‘globally’ advise us after all !!!) halfblue_halfwhite
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Stone Island: says...

Another proper footballing person, that knows Shabby Minge should be nowhere near this, or any other football club. Venky's: get rid of this bloody IDIOT, and employ some proper footballing people, you clowns!
Another proper footballing person, that knows Shabby Minge should be nowhere near this, or any other football club. Venky's: get rid of this bloody IDIOT, and employ some proper footballing people, you clowns! Stone Island:
  • Score: 7

8:36pm Mon 10 Jun 13

crankitup says...

well said Faz...but the cowards in India wont listen to a lower class of person......Venkys hang your head...shaw out and scabby minge dont bother coming back....go somewhere else and advise on the globe
well said Faz...but the cowards in India wont listen to a lower class of person......Venkys hang your head...shaw out and scabby minge dont bother coming back....go somewhere else and advise on the globe crankitup
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Stone Island: says...

crankitup wrote:
well said Faz...but the cowards in India wont listen to a lower class of person......Venkys hang your head...shaw out and scabby minge dont bother coming back....go somewhere else and advise on the globe
"Venkys hang your head" Maybe they should just hang?
[quote][p][bold]crankitup[/bold] wrote: well said Faz...but the cowards in India wont listen to a lower class of person......Venkys hang your head...shaw out and scabby minge dont bother coming back....go somewhere else and advise on the globe[/p][/quote]"Venkys hang your head" Maybe they should just hang? Stone Island:
  • Score: 1

10:27pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Dukes says...

well said Faz.
well said Faz. Dukes
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11:54pm Mon 10 Jun 13

doctordavros says...

A legend in his own right wish he was back here in any role great player / great coach pity there is not more like him around today all we get is idiots like Shebby my 6 year old granddaughter knows more about football and how to run a club than him
A legend in his own right wish he was back here in any role great player / great coach pity there is not more like him around today all we get is idiots like Shebby my 6 year old granddaughter knows more about football and how to run a club than him doctordavros
  • Score: -1

7:11am Tue 11 Jun 13

alphajono says...

I agree with everything he has said but it’s nothing we haven’t already known, I also wish that the LET would stop the negative press in the buildup to the new season.....it’s just not helpful
I agree with everything he has said but it’s nothing we haven’t already known, I also wish that the LET would stop the negative press in the buildup to the new season.....it’s just not helpful alphajono
  • Score: -1

7:22am Tue 11 Jun 13

Harwoodstblue says...

alphajono wrote:
I agree with everything he has said but it’s nothing we haven’t already known, I also wish that the LET would stop the negative press in the buildup to the new season.....it’s just not helpful
It's just being realistic, not negative. People can bury their heads in the sand but it won't go away. We can't hide from the facts.
[quote][p][bold]alphajono[/bold] wrote: I agree with everything he has said but it’s nothing we haven’t already known, I also wish that the LET would stop the negative press in the buildup to the new season.....it’s just not helpful[/p][/quote]It's just being realistic, not negative. People can bury their heads in the sand but it won't go away. We can't hide from the facts. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -1

7:46am Tue 11 Jun 13

Lurid67 says...

great article and great hearing faz's view on the lunacy going on at ewood.

“Shebby Singh has not been heard or seen for a good while. I think people will just think and hope that he won’t come back.

“Go and advise on the globe if that’s what his title is.”

awesome comment imo, faz = legend
great article and great hearing faz's view on the lunacy going on at ewood. “Shebby Singh has not been heard or seen for a good while. I think people will just think and hope that he won’t come back. “Go and advise on the globe if that’s what his title is.” awesome comment imo, faz = legend Lurid67
  • Score: 1

8:07am Tue 11 Jun 13

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Wise words.

Arte et labore
Wise words. Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
  • Score: 0

8:19am Tue 11 Jun 13

lookupblackburn.. says...

Another day another negative news story seeping out of Ewood. Will the bad news ever end? Faz may be a legend in his own bedtime but he makes a good point, a climate of fear indeed, 'tis squeaky bum time for the Rovers as Shebby Singh moves ever closer to total control!
Another day another negative news story seeping out of Ewood. Will the bad news ever end? Faz may be a legend in his own bedtime but he makes a good point, a climate of fear indeed, 'tis squeaky bum time for the Rovers as Shebby Singh moves ever closer to total control! lookupblackburn..
  • Score: -1

8:36am Tue 11 Jun 13

Harwoodstblue says...

lookupblackburn.. wrote:
Another day another negative news story seeping out of Ewood. Will the bad news ever end? Faz may be a legend in his own bedtime but he makes a good point, a climate of fear indeed, 'tis squeaky bum time for the Rovers as Shebby Singh moves ever closer to total control!
It's been squeeky bum time for the last two and a half years but you lot still can't beat us.

Losers.
[quote][p][bold]lookupblackburn..[/bold] wrote: Another day another negative news story seeping out of Ewood. Will the bad news ever end? Faz may be a legend in his own bedtime but he makes a good point, a climate of fear indeed, 'tis squeaky bum time for the Rovers as Shebby Singh moves ever closer to total control![/p][/quote]It's been squeeky bum time for the last two and a half years but you lot still can't beat us. Losers. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 1

8:56am Tue 11 Jun 13

ChrisDeBerg says...

halfblue_halfwhite wrote:
Excellent commentary from a genuine, professional, competent footballing man.
That plus a Rovers legend to boot!
Interesting comment from grimupnorth above, and maybe not so wide of the mark.
I have thought for a while now that what this management team needs is a person on board with a long history in the English game, respected by most and who can see it like it is and is not afraid to say so.
That said, such a person is the least likely to get a seat on the board as it would scare the pants off the owners! (And we do have our very own Mr Singh to ‘globally’ advise us after all !!!)
If Venks have learnt anything about football, it should be NOT to listen to people with an agent/PR/pundit role of any kind... I can understand that they would be scared to trust anyone now, because I truly feel that partly due to their ignorance and partly due to people after taking them for a ride, that they want to get it right but do not have a clue who to turn to, in fear of getting royally screwed again!

They should put someone like Fazackerley in charge as said above, with FULL control and direct contact with the owners.The owners speak English don't they? This means that Scabby could be removed from the books, Fazackerley could build a quality boardroom through his contacts he has made over the years... Boardroom sorted! He backs Bowyer as above, so I could not see this being a bad move for the club whatsoever, it would be a step towards solidarity and normality.

Cumon Venks, it's not rocket science, but you do need to have SOME brains...

RTID
[quote][p][bold]halfblue_halfwhite[/bold] wrote: Excellent commentary from a genuine, professional, competent footballing man. That plus a Rovers legend to boot! Interesting comment from grimupnorth above, and maybe not so wide of the mark. I have thought for a while now that what this management team needs is a person on board with a long history in the English game, respected by most and who can see it like it is and is not afraid to say so. That said, such a person is the least likely to get a seat on the board as it would scare the pants off the owners! (And we do have our very own Mr Singh to ‘globally’ advise us after all !!!)[/p][/quote]If Venks have learnt anything about football, it should be NOT to listen to people with an agent/PR/pundit role of any kind... I can understand that they would be scared to trust anyone now, because I truly feel that partly due to their ignorance and partly due to people after taking them for a ride, that they want to get it right but do not have a clue who to turn to, in fear of getting royally screwed again! They should put someone like Fazackerley in charge as said above, with FULL control and direct contact with the owners.The owners speak English don't they? This means that Scabby could be removed from the books, Fazackerley could build a quality boardroom through his contacts he has made over the years... Boardroom sorted! He backs Bowyer as above, so I could not see this being a bad move for the club whatsoever, it would be a step towards solidarity and normality. Cumon Venks, it's not rocket science, but you do need to have SOME brains... RTID ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 2

10:34am Tue 11 Jun 13

Oakdale blue says...

Faz a true Ewood legend.
Only Blackburn Council could spell his name incorrectly when they named the streets on Fernhurst
Faz a true Ewood legend. Only Blackburn Council could spell his name incorrectly when they named the streets on Fernhurst Oakdale blue
  • Score: 0

10:36am Tue 11 Jun 13

DrFooty says...

Lol lol lol lol another story to cause mayhem in the forums.guys your time of freeloading at the club is over.one by one you will be out of the door.you may bring in whoever you want n write whatever you want but nothing is going to help you guys anymore.changes were needed to get this cancer out of this club.the club is now moving forward.your plan to get the club relegated n then sold to your best friends have failed.Team GB will now move the club to better days.these stupid articals is the way to cause more trouble at the club.there is one more piece of the puzzle to be completed soon.watch this space! SS is going nowhere and was hired by the Venky's to get this cancer out of Blackburn Rovers.If you done nothing wrong then there is nothing to fear from.The honest staff of BRFC knows this.
Lol lol lol lol another story to cause mayhem in the forums.guys your time of freeloading at the club is over.one by one you will be out of the door.you may bring in whoever you want n write whatever you want but nothing is going to help you guys anymore.changes were needed to get this cancer out of this club.the club is now moving forward.your plan to get the club relegated n then sold to your best friends have failed.Team GB will now move the club to better days.these stupid articals is the way to cause more trouble at the club.there is one more piece of the puzzle to be completed soon.watch this space! SS is going nowhere and was hired by the Venky's to get this cancer out of Blackburn Rovers.If you done nothing wrong then there is nothing to fear from.The honest staff of BRFC knows this. DrFooty
  • Score: 0

11:07am Tue 11 Jun 13

DrFooty says...

Oh btw Mr Fazackerley the fear has not stopped Terry McPhillips as assistant manager and Tony Grant as first-team coach to join the club and also Eric Kinder has also returned to Ewood Park from Carlisle and will become Under-21 head coach.Mr Kinder had a job at carlisle but the fear did not stop him to join BRFC! You only fear if you were corrupt and greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!
Oh btw Mr Fazackerley the fear has not stopped Terry McPhillips as assistant manager and Tony Grant as first-team coach to join the club and also Eric Kinder has also returned to Ewood Park from Carlisle and will become Under-21 head coach.Mr Kinder had a job at carlisle but the fear did not stop him to join BRFC! You only fear if you were corrupt and greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!! DrFooty
  • Score: 0

11:20am Tue 11 Jun 13

Sherwoodforest says...

Shebby, is that you :)
Shebby, is that you :) Sherwoodforest
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12:05pm Tue 11 Jun 13

Gammon Flap says...

DrFooty wrote:
Oh btw Mr Fazackerley the fear has not stopped Terry McPhillips as assistant manager and Tony Grant as first-team coach to join the club and also Eric Kinder has also returned to Ewood Park from Carlisle and will become Under-21 head coach.Mr Kinder had a job at carlisle but the fear did not stop him to join BRFC! You only fear if you were corrupt and greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!
Wow, he left a job at that high-flying league one club Carlisle United did he?

Very impressive, he will get along famously with those League One freebies you have signed so far this summer.

IN VENKYS WE TRUST.
[quote][p][bold]DrFooty[/bold] wrote: Oh btw Mr Fazackerley the fear has not stopped Terry McPhillips as assistant manager and Tony Grant as first-team coach to join the club and also Eric Kinder has also returned to Ewood Park from Carlisle and will become Under-21 head coach.Mr Kinder had a job at carlisle but the fear did not stop him to join BRFC! You only fear if you were corrupt and greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!![/p][/quote]Wow, he left a job at that high-flying league one club Carlisle United did he? Very impressive, he will get along famously with those League One freebies you have signed so far this summer. IN VENKYS WE TRUST. Gammon Flap
  • Score: 1

11:32am Wed 12 Jun 13

greenscreener says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
halfblue_halfwhite wrote:
Excellent commentary from a genuine, professional, competent footballing man.
That plus a Rovers legend to boot!
Interesting comment from grimupnorth above, and maybe not so wide of the mark.
I have thought for a while now that what this management team needs is a person on board with a long history in the English game, respected by most and who can see it like it is and is not afraid to say so.
That said, such a person is the least likely to get a seat on the board as it would scare the pants off the owners! (And we do have our very own Mr Singh to ‘globally’ advise us after all !!!)
If Venks have learnt anything about football, it should be NOT to listen to people with an agent/PR/pundit role of any kind... I can understand that they would be scared to trust anyone now, because I truly feel that partly due to their ignorance and partly due to people after taking them for a ride, that they want to get it right but do not have a clue who to turn to, in fear of getting royally screwed again!

They should put someone like Fazackerley in charge as said above, with FULL control and direct contact with the owners.The owners speak English don't they? This means that Scabby could be removed from the books, Fazackerley could build a quality boardroom through his contacts he has made over the years... Boardroom sorted! He backs Bowyer as above, so I could not see this being a bad move for the club whatsoever, it would be a step towards solidarity and normality.

Cumon Venks, it's not rocket science, but you do need to have SOME brains...

RTID
Chris I admire the sentiment, Faz was a legend as a player and a great coach. I fear he does not have the executive experience we need to build and run a board of directors.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halfblue_halfwhite[/bold] wrote: Excellent commentary from a genuine, professional, competent footballing man. That plus a Rovers legend to boot! Interesting comment from grimupnorth above, and maybe not so wide of the mark. I have thought for a while now that what this management team needs is a person on board with a long history in the English game, respected by most and who can see it like it is and is not afraid to say so. That said, such a person is the least likely to get a seat on the board as it would scare the pants off the owners! (And we do have our very own Mr Singh to ‘globally’ advise us after all !!!)[/p][/quote]If Venks have learnt anything about football, it should be NOT to listen to people with an agent/PR/pundit role of any kind... I can understand that they would be scared to trust anyone now, because I truly feel that partly due to their ignorance and partly due to people after taking them for a ride, that they want to get it right but do not have a clue who to turn to, in fear of getting royally screwed again! They should put someone like Fazackerley in charge as said above, with FULL control and direct contact with the owners.The owners speak English don't they? This means that Scabby could be removed from the books, Fazackerley could build a quality boardroom through his contacts he has made over the years... Boardroom sorted! He backs Bowyer as above, so I could not see this being a bad move for the club whatsoever, it would be a step towards solidarity and normality. Cumon Venks, it's not rocket science, but you do need to have SOME brains... RTID[/p][/quote]Chris I admire the sentiment, Faz was a legend as a player and a great coach. I fear he does not have the executive experience we need to build and run a board of directors. greenscreener
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