Blackburn Rovers blog: Team has slipped but position has improved

SOMEWHERE in a darkened television studio, one suspects the pundits are already preparing their speeches.

Their assessment of Blackburn Rovers will be simple.

It will involve looking at the league table now, and vaguely recalling Rovers’ position back in late September.

‘Look at that! Rovers were higher in the table then,’ they will conclude.

‘The fans must be regretting calling for Steve Kean to go now.’ If some have not said it already, you can guarantee they will say it if Rovers remain outside the top six for too much longer.

It is an all too easy conclusion to make for the casual pundit, who will pay a second’s attention to events at Ewood Park before moving on to such ground-breaking opinions as ‘Arry will definitely turn things round at QPR’ and ‘Isn’t Fernando Torres rubbish these days?’.

And yet of course any such statement about Kean would be nonsense.

Very few fans would ever want Kean back as manager, even if Rovers failed in their quest for promotion this season.

Yes, Rovers were third in the table when the Scot left the club, saying he had been ‘forced to resign’. But things could not go on as they were.

Ewood Park had become a miserable place of divides and protests.

Although things are not exactly back to normal right now, the situation has improved at least.

Fans are no longer faced with the choice of whether they want their team to win, or actually lose in the hope that it hastened Kean’s exit.

It was often taboo to admit such a dilemma, but in the stands it was not an uncommon debate by the end of Kean’s tenure.

When it reaches that farcical stage, change has to happen.

It was no longer enjoyable for anyone, and football is supposed to be enjoyable.

So Rovers must start to gain results quickly now not just for their obvious important promotion hopes, but to stop the fans from receiving yet another barrage of criticism from the national media.

Henning Berg will be given every support and we cannot expect miracles overnight, even if he would admit himself that one win from his first seven games has not been the most ideal start.

Within Blackburn, the verdict on Kean’s reign at Ewood Park was made long ago.

But outside of the town, it is still being formulated.

Succeed under Berg and the Rovers fans were right all along.

Fail to gain promotion, or even reach the play-offs this term, and the national media will be quick to remind the supporters for years to come about their protests against Kean.

They might even suggest that the Scot was a better manager than he was given credit for.

Does it really matter what those outside Blackburn think? Maybe not.

But for those who love Rovers, any further criticism would irk them all the same.

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3:20pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Dan11 says...

Who wrote this again, the work experience boy? LET must do better next time. What an absolute shower of steaming stuff this fluff was to read!
Who wrote this again, the work experience boy? LET must do better next time. What an absolute shower of steaming stuff this fluff was to read! Dan11

3:23pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Halcyon says...

Dan11 wrote:
Who wrote this again, the work experience boy? LET must do better next time. What an absolute shower of steaming stuff this fluff was to read!
if you can do any better why dont you write something
[quote][p][bold]Dan11[/bold] wrote: Who wrote this again, the work experience boy? LET must do better next time. What an absolute shower of steaming stuff this fluff was to read![/p][/quote]if you can do any better why dont you write something Halcyon

3:25pm Thu 6 Dec 12

sean_brfc says...

It made sense to me, Dan.
It made sense to me, Dan. sean_brfc

3:42pm Thu 6 Dec 12

RazoftheRovers says...

tis true chris! Lazy journalism irks me something rotten.
tis true chris! Lazy journalism irks me something rotten. RazoftheRovers

6:00pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Rover1 says...

Bit of a nothing story. But true, We all know we are right, But will never get respect from the media, as it's the new trend to lambast good honest Blackburn Rovers supporters for speaking out against the raping of their club.
Bit of a nothing story. But true, We all know we are right, But will never get respect from the media, as it's the new trend to lambast good honest Blackburn Rovers supporters for speaking out against the raping of their club. Rover1

8:49pm Thu 6 Dec 12

MatthewCA says...

Good to see , the TV media still discuss on Kean era. Is any update what is he going do...?, He will get a second chance to prove his ability and he is a positive thinking person. Good for any struggleing club to motivate the players and get new boys from portugese to build back a team.

We in blackburn want to stop thinking and looking all those kean era. Managers comes and goes, but we need to improve our games with a winning mentality.

This confidence is needed in our team and I am sure still, we can finish in 5th or 6th by the end of the season or better.

We loose couple of home games and unlucky to loose points after 85th mts, otherwise we should continue in the 2nd position and Berg will remain as a hero.

Give more breathing time for him to read players. He make changes to the team and result is building now. Few unwanted Big name players make this confusion on starting 11.

My team for 2ro.
Robbo
Henley,Dann,Givit,Ol
lson
Formica,Murphy,Lowe,
King
Kazim,Rhodes.

Sub:Kean,Dunn,Peders
en,Hanley
Enthu,Rochina,Gomes.


All the best. Good luck.
Good to see , the TV media still discuss on Kean era. Is any update what is he going do...?, He will get a second chance to prove his ability and he is a positive thinking person. Good for any struggleing club to motivate the players and get new boys from portugese to build back a team. We in blackburn want to stop thinking and looking all those kean era. Managers comes and goes, but we need to improve our games with a winning mentality. This confidence is needed in our team and I am sure still, we can finish in 5th or 6th by the end of the season or better. We loose couple of home games and unlucky to loose points after 85th mts, otherwise we should continue in the 2nd position and Berg will remain as a hero. Give more breathing time for him to read players. He make changes to the team and result is building now. Few unwanted Big name players make this confusion on starting 11. My team for 2ro. Robbo Henley,Dann,Givit,Ol lson Formica,Murphy,Lowe, King Kazim,Rhodes. Sub:Kean,Dunn,Peders en,Hanley Enthu,Rochina,Gomes. All the best. Good luck. MatthewCA

10:11pm Thu 6 Dec 12

GameRoverMan says...

Rover1 wrote:
Bit of a nothing story. But true, We all know we are right, But will never get respect from the media, as it's the new trend to lambast good honest Blackburn Rovers supporters for speaking out against the raping of their club.
Don't you get it - it's a BLOG not a news story! The clue is in the title. Most blogs contain opinions not news.

Actually I think the points are very well made. It is galling that some members of the national press still think that Steve Kean was hard done by. I would almost rather finish mid-table with a sensible manager than be promoted with an obnoxious windbag like Kean. Let's hope Berg can be both sensible and get us promoted!
[quote][p][bold]Rover1[/bold] wrote: Bit of a nothing story. But true, We all know we are right, But will never get respect from the media, as it's the new trend to lambast good honest Blackburn Rovers supporters for speaking out against the raping of their club.[/p][/quote]Don't you get it - it's a BLOG not a news story! The clue is in the title. Most blogs contain opinions not news. Actually I think the points are very well made. It is galling that some members of the national press still think that Steve Kean was hard done by. I would almost rather finish mid-table with a sensible manager than be promoted with an obnoxious windbag like Kean. Let's hope Berg can be both sensible and get us promoted! GameRoverMan

8:49am Fri 7 Dec 12

jinkyjase says...

Sky Sports have already started doing this, saw it Monday night. What they forget is that Berg has to work with who Keanochio signed, January will be the first time when he can move people out and get people in.

I think he's doing ok, but don't think we'll get promoted, unless we can defend better and get more service to JR.
Sky Sports have already started doing this, saw it Monday night. What they forget is that Berg has to work with who Keanochio signed, January will be the first time when he can move people out and get people in. I think he's doing ok, but don't think we'll get promoted, unless we can defend better and get more service to JR. jinkyjase

2:04pm Fri 7 Dec 12

MxMave says...

I think this article gets unbelivable when he says "the TV pundits will be talking about Blackburn Rovers". I think we fell off the edge of the tv-sport world about 7 months ago.
I think this article gets unbelivable when he says "the TV pundits will be talking about Blackburn Rovers". I think we fell off the edge of the tv-sport world about 7 months ago. MxMave

2:35pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Ryanb74 says...

My Liverpool-supporting friend quoted the Sky Sports piece about our league position when Kean left compared to now, but soon shut up when my retort was, " yeah, but did it show our league position when Kean took over?"

This is just one-sided drivel from so-called sports journalists with nothing better to write about, dont rise to it. Just stay strong, keep supporting our team and things will improve on the field. Off the field is another matter, though...
My Liverpool-supporting friend quoted the Sky Sports piece about our league position when Kean left compared to now, but soon shut up when my retort was, " yeah, but did it show our league position when Kean took over?" This is just one-sided drivel from so-called sports journalists with nothing better to write about, dont rise to it. Just stay strong, keep supporting our team and things will improve on the field. Off the field is another matter, though... Ryanb74

9:02pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Rover Pete says...

Berg may or may not be our saviour, the jury is still out. But one thing we can be sure about is that Venky's pulled a good mid table Prem. side to bits and Kean bought, mainly on the cheap, a collection of poor, very poor, players. It will take a long time to build up a good group of players again. That is if Venky's will let him.
Berg may or may not be our saviour, the jury is still out. But one thing we can be sure about is that Venky's pulled a good mid table Prem. side to bits and Kean bought, mainly on the cheap, a collection of poor, very poor, players. It will take a long time to build up a good group of players again. That is if Venky's will let him. Rover Pete

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