Blackburn Rovers new boy Kazim-Richards unaffected by unrest at Ewood Park (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn Rovers new boy Kazim-Richards unaffected by unrest at Ewood Park
COLIN Kazim-Richards insists Blackburn Rovers ’ Premier League promotion bid won’t be derailed by in-house fighting as he looks to help to take the pressure off the club.
Rovers’ eighth summer signing has already experienced the unrest that has been around Ewood Park for almost two years now but, ahead of Saturday’s Championship opener at Ipswich, is adamant it won’t affect what happens on the field.
Global advisor Shebby Singh’s comments about Morten Gamst Pedersen and Steve Kean caused waves over the weekend, as the squad stood behind their team mate and manager, but Kazim-Richards is already just focused on the future.
The Turkish international is likely to start the weekend’s big kick off leading the line at Portman Road as Rovers continue to struggle to find another replacement for Leon Best.
An enquiry to take Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan was yesterday rebuffed by the Gunners and, with interest in Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes unlikely to pay dividends either, Rovers will look elsewhere for more firepower.
Portuguese midfielder Diogo Rosado is still expected to sign this week, despite picking up a hamstring injury, as Rovers look to finalise a compensation fee with Sporting.
Kazim-Richards said: “Everyone knows it is difficult times here, there is nothing to hide. Everybody knows that certain people are not getting along, but for me, it is all about football.
“For me hopefully and everyone else it is about being part of a winning team and doing something I haven’t done. Getting promotion to the Premier League would be unbelievable.
“I have been in this game a long time and I have been in situations 20 times worse than what this looks like to the media and to the outside.
“It goes on in the game, it is just you don’t see it on the TV. For me, it is really just getting my boots on and getting going at Ipswich.
“We are here to take the pressure off everyone, not just the manager. We want to take the pressure off the fans, so they can start enjoying the game again.
“That is football pressure and that is the best there is. We have the players to do that, it is all about gelling but we are professional footballers and that comes naturally.”
Kazim-Richards, who has joined on a season-long loan from Galatasaray, knows Rovers still have to win sections of Ewood Park around.
But, having experienced the atmosphere of Turkey, he insists he can cope with what could be to come.
“I am used to tense atmospheres,” said the Galatasaray loanee. “I am used to all those signs people are putting out, I am used to a banner going round the whole stadium calling for the president out.
“I am used to it, not to say it is acceptable because, I don’t want to get in the middle of it, but a lot of it isn’t acceptable. It is hard not to take it personally. You have to remember everyone is trying to do their job. In this job it is hard to get results.
“We all want the same. So lets just all get together and what a force we can be. We all want the same, believe me, trust me.
“Sometimes in life you have to take a step back to take two forward. There is a view to a permanent move but that is nine months away. I am not a loan player, I am not a bit part player. I am part of this team.
“With me you get everything. I am here to do the job, if the team fails, I fail. I don’t think of it as I am not failing because I am on loan. I am here to get Blackburn Rovers back in the Premier League. That’s it.”
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