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Blackburn Rovers caretaker urges fans to 'draw line' under Kean saga
BLACKBURN Rovers’ caretaker boss Eric Black has called for the club to ‘move on’ from months of ‘turmoil’ after insisting everyone has a responsibility to make Ewood an intimidating place to visit once more.
Black believes Steve Kean’s shock resignation just over a week ago can be the ‘line in the sand’ for supporters but admits his own players have a huge part to play in winning the fans back around.
Ahead of Wolves’ Championship visit this afternoon, Black is hoping the mood around Ewood Park will be different, after a tense home atmosphere for months, as Kean’s unpopularity grew among sections of supporters.
Yesterday afternoon Rovers had sold around 14,000 tickets for the match – including Wolves fans. Only 13,405 tickets were sold for the last home game against Middlesbrough.
Black said: “It would be hard to disguise that it has been a difficult time. I just hope, and I don’t want to point any fingers in any directions, I just hope the fans can see a line in the sand.
“Let’s try and get an atmosphere. I have been here as an opposing coach on numerous occasions and it is not an easy place to play when the fans are behind the team and roar the team on.
“It is an intimidating place, so to get out of this division we are going to require the backing of the supporters and the sooner we can do that the better.
“There has been without doubt turmoil for the last year or so. And I think obviously something has broken, we all know what that is.
“Whether something else has broken and whether it would have changed, I don’t know, it might well have, but there will be a sense that something has stopped.
“I think people need to feel a responsibility that something has happened, there is a line drawn in the sand, and you need to participate in the club going forward.
“The club is going to be here for a long time, whether I am here, or whoever is here, that is irrelevant. The supporters are the constant, they are the lifeblood of the club and unless we get them back on side, we are going to stumble, we are going to continue to stumble.”
“The club has to move on. I have only been here since February and I have to be honest I am fed up with it all. I think we need to go forward.”
As Rovers look to return to winning ways after picking up just two points from their last three league games, Black knows he and his players have a duty to get the fans behind him.
“The responsibility of the manager, the coaches and the players is to give the fans something to get behind,” he said. “People are not going to come and pay good money if we don’t. It is expensive to go and watch football, I take my hat off to the travelling support on Wednesday. Enormous credit to them.
“This is an entertainment business and on Saturday we have to give them something to stand up and cheer about. If we can do that then I don’t think there will be too many complaints.
“Now the whole thing has gone you can’t use any instability as an excuse. I won’t allow any excuses, it is about them performing on the pitch. We get on with it. The players want to play and I have to manage that.
“We need to provide a product. You want people hanging off the rafters and there not being enough tickets to fulfil the demand.”
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