Taylor fears for Rovers’ future

FEW issues surrounding football are debated without Gordon Taylor, the Professional Footballers’ Association passionately committed chief executive, making one of his constructive contributions.

His 30-year-old involvement with the players’ union, among the most turbulent in English football history, has been characterised by a fierce determination to do right by the players and a flair for negotiation that has enabled him to take on the role of trouble-shooter in many of the disputes that might have otherwise wrecked the game.

But if Taylor was granted one wish today, it would be for the spin cycle of frustration, disillusionment and anger surrounding the club he supports to end.

Once Taylor had a touch of Blackburn in his life as a rampaging winger at Ewood in the late 1970s and that enduring passion has never left him.

Taylor admits the rapid decline of the club closest to his Ribble Valley home has left him feeling devastated.

“Like many thousands of fans I’m bewildered at what’s happening, it is like the owners have a death wish for Blackburn Rovers,” said Taylor.

“I feel a great deal of loyalty towards Blackburn, but all this chaos and disruption at Ewood is very upsetting.

“Blackburn’s always had a very proud name, well run and a respected club throughout England, but nothing that has happened since Blackburn Rovers were sold to the new owners makes any sense.

“Too many good people were allowed to leave the club, not because of a lack of ability or what they had to offer, but seemingly for the sake of change and those decisions have proved catastrophic ones.

“Blackburn Rovers has become a prime example of how not to run a football club.”

Blackburn were comfortably placed in the Premier League when Sam Allardyce was sacked in December 2010, and a month later former boss Steve Kean was handed a three-year contract.

“The owners, seemingly, have dismissed the very formula you need for success in football and nearly every move they’ve made has accelerated Blackburn’s demise,” added Taylor.

“Allardyce’s sacking, for example, was absolutely baffling.

“Then, seeing John Williams and Tom Finn leave was a tragedy for Blackburn because they were such good football men.

“They had a great ability to communicate and that was probably the most bewildering decision of all.

“What on earth the late Jack Walker would think I really don’t know.

“Jack was a wonderful guy, Blackburn’s greatest fan, and he gave the club he loved a magic carpet ride to the Premier League title.

“It would break his heart to see them in this mess.”

Owners Venky’s have endured a torrent of criticism since Michael Appleton’s sacking after just 67 days in charge.

Angry League Managers’ Association chief Richard Bevan described that decision as ‘nonsense’ while David Dunn, Blackburn’s long serving midfielder, admitted that the first team squad had been left stunned by his removal, the third Ewood Park managerial casualty this season.

But while Blackburn’s global advisor Shebby Singh this week insisted that Venky’s remain committed to Rovers Taylor, like many supporters, remains sceptical.

“Sacking Michael Appleton was an embarrassing decision,” said Taylor.

“What the supporters need is a serious statement of intent from the owners, outlining their plans for the next few years.

“Nobody is saying anything and that’s fundamentally wrong for a club that plays such a significant role in the town.

“The fans, who are the lifeblood of Blackburn, need to hear from them because there’s no transparency.

“Do the owners really want to see Blackburn going forward?

“Without a clear direction and little or no respect shown to the supporters I really fear for Blackburn’s future.

“I don’t want to see Blackburn become another Portsmouth, but they desperately need stability.”

Taylor, who made nearly 100 appearances for Rovers, added: “The supporters are desperate for something positive to cling on to and that lack of trust and disillusionment in the owners is certainly reflected in the attendances at Ewood.

“Only 8,000 saw the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Millwall and if anything reflected the demise of Blackburn that attendance did.

“What is happening at Blackburn has left a black cloud hanging over the town and the fans don’t deserve that.”

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10:06am Mon 1 Apr 13

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Your absolutely correct on that point - the supporters(community
) do not deserve this shambles created & perpetrated by these scurrilous loons from Pune.

When are the authority's going to step in and help end this shambles ?

Arte et labore
Your absolutely correct on that point - the supporters(community ) do not deserve this shambles created & perpetrated by these scurrilous loons from Pune. When are the authority's going to step in and help end this shambles ? Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner

10:22am Mon 1 Apr 13

ChrisDeBerg says...

Sadly never... As there are no rules that state how a company should run their football club in terms of appointing the wrong managers or not delivering enough cash... If venkys want to they can pull the plug all together and we go into administration hands... That might be better if someone then comes in to buy us at admin cost? Who knows? Although points deducted next season wouldn't be a good start! One thing is for sure, we will go further down the leagues with venkys in charge, they will NEVER make the right decision, should have stuck to cricket!!


RTID
Sadly never... As there are no rules that state how a company should run their football club in terms of appointing the wrong managers or not delivering enough cash... If venkys want to they can pull the plug all together and we go into administration hands... That might be better if someone then comes in to buy us at admin cost? Who knows? Although points deducted next season wouldn't be a good start! One thing is for sure, we will go further down the leagues with venkys in charge, they will NEVER make the right decision, should have stuck to cricket!! RTID ChrisDeBerg

11:22am Mon 1 Apr 13

hasslem hasslem says...

shame it has taken gordon taylor over two years to come out and make this statement, particularly as he lives in wiswell and regularly attends games and will inevitably be in contact with some of the senior staff (if there is any left) and players.

nonetheless - better late than never. taylor should be using everything in his power to ensure that (whilst it may be too late to save rovers) that this never happens to another club again in the the premiership or the football league - his commitment to the probity and integrity of future owners of football clubs should be backed up with a corporate contract which guarantees specific commitments to the running of that club - (i fully accept that it could not govern how it is run on the pitch - but it could do on how it is run off the pitch)

taylor should be doubly concerned cos from where i am standing another of his clubs - Birmingham, are in the same choppy waters as rovers.
shame it has taken gordon taylor over two years to come out and make this statement, particularly as he lives in wiswell and regularly attends games and will inevitably be in contact with some of the senior staff (if there is any left) and players. nonetheless - better late than never. taylor should be using everything in his power to ensure that (whilst it may be too late to save rovers) that this never happens to another club again in the the premiership or the football league - his commitment to the probity and integrity of future owners of football clubs should be backed up with a corporate contract which guarantees specific commitments to the running of that club - (i fully accept that it could not govern how it is run on the pitch - but it could do on how it is run off the pitch) taylor should be doubly concerned cos from where i am standing another of his clubs - Birmingham, are in the same choppy waters as rovers. hasslem hasslem

11:29am Mon 1 Apr 13

P888HOW says...

About time Gorden, you must not stop with just these comments,Help Us we need you ,and others with some clout in the game.please dont leave it there..
About time Gorden, you must not stop with just these comments,Help Us we need you ,and others with some clout in the game.please dont leave it there.. P888HOW

11:38am Mon 1 Apr 13

BRFC0808 says...

wat can owners do for d inability of the players and d manager...
The team hss as much as premier league players but no results to say tthe same
Had one manager performed no one would have whined
Berg - 2 wins in around 10 matches
Appleton - 3 in 12 or so..
Whose fault is this ...
Does all the Championship teams have PL managrs.. Dont think so
Then how can u guarantee results
wat can owners do for d inability of the players and d manager... The team hss as much as premier league players but no results to say tthe same Had one manager performed no one would have whined Berg - 2 wins in around 10 matches Appleton - 3 in 12 or so.. Whose fault is this ... Does all the Championship teams have PL managrs.. Dont think so Then how can u guarantee results BRFC0808

11:38am Mon 1 Apr 13

juanbbien says...

Gordon Taylor a decent winger in his time,but tell us something we don't know its a bit late in the day to be coming out with this especially considering your position within the football set up.
Gordon Taylor a decent winger in his time,but tell us something we don't know its a bit late in the day to be coming out with this especially considering your position within the football set up. juanbbien

12:12pm Mon 1 Apr 13

noddymcleod says...

Gordon is an excellent General Secretary of the Players' Union, but his active role is limited by that title. He could only intervene more strongly if the players complain about the way they are being treated. My impression is that too many Rovers' players are mercenaries and don't care about the club and maybe happy keeping fit on a good wage.
Gordon is an excellent General Secretary of the Players' Union, but his active role is limited by that title. He could only intervene more strongly if the players complain about the way they are being treated. My impression is that too many Rovers' players are mercenaries and don't care about the club and maybe happy keeping fit on a good wage. noddymcleod

1:11pm Mon 1 Apr 13

vicn1956 says...

A bit late with these comments Gordon. 10,000+ fans and most of the country already know about the state the club is in and know who the culprits are!
A bit late with these comments Gordon. 10,000+ fans and most of the country already know about the state the club is in and know who the culprits are! vicn1956

2:37pm Mon 1 Apr 13

madrover says...

The fit ad proper process is a joke how venkys qualified is an embarassment
The fit ad proper process is a joke how venkys qualified is an embarassment madrover

5:24pm Mon 1 Apr 13

stick to football says...

What we have allbeen saying for the past 2 years.

No good trying to shut the stable door when the horse has bolted - does anyone know the way to Fleetwood we could have a Christmas derby there!

Whatever the outcome the club needs to be rebuilt from top to bottom and it will not happen overnight - League One will be just as much a challenge as the Championship - clubs no longer fear Rovers
What we have allbeen saying for the past 2 years. No good trying to shut the stable door when the horse has bolted - does anyone know the way to Fleetwood we could have a Christmas derby there! Whatever the outcome the club needs to be rebuilt from top to bottom and it will not happen overnight - League One will be just as much a challenge as the Championship - clubs no longer fear Rovers stick to football

7:30pm Mon 1 Apr 13

Chris P Bacon says...

noddymcleod wrote:
Gordon is an excellent General Secretary of the Players' Union, but his active role is limited by that title. He could only intervene more strongly if the players complain about the way they are being treated. My impression is that too many Rovers' players are mercenaries and don't care about the club and maybe happy keeping fit on a good wage.
You jest about this? Surely?

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-bir
mingham-12402734

He's a HUGE joke placed as a sop to show footballers have some sort of union representation.
[quote][p][bold]noddymcleod[/bold] wrote: Gordon is an excellent General Secretary of the Players' Union, but his active role is limited by that title. He could only intervene more strongly if the players complain about the way they are being treated. My impression is that too many Rovers' players are mercenaries and don't care about the club and maybe happy keeping fit on a good wage.[/p][/quote]You jest about this? Surely? http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-bir mingham-12402734 He's a HUGE joke placed as a sop to show footballers have some sort of union representation. Chris P Bacon

7:31pm Mon 1 Apr 13

maggie-T says...

vicn1956 wrote:
A bit late with these comments Gordon. 10,000+ fans and most of the country already know about the state the club is in and know who the culprits are!
Why do you think the rest of the country care about blackburn, the venkys should be knighted, they're doing a sparkling job, keep up the good work lads
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: A bit late with these comments Gordon. 10,000+ fans and most of the country already know about the state the club is in and know who the culprits are![/p][/quote]Why do you think the rest of the country care about blackburn, the venkys should be knighted, they're doing a sparkling job, keep up the good work lads maggie-T

9:01pm Mon 1 Apr 13

RespectTheK-Dog says...

Does anybody give a solitary sh1t what that oily fat slug has to say about anything ?
Does anybody give a solitary sh1t what that oily fat slug has to say about anything ? RespectTheK-Dog

9:16pm Mon 1 Apr 13

goldfinger59 says...

Unless we get Venky's out and fast, we won't have a club to worry about anymore. Cant' understand why anyone would keep supporting the club while they are the owners, it's just keeping them there. Boycott all games from now, and they will leave and sell up while there's still some profit to be made, after all they are business people and only money makes their world go round, nothing else.
Unless we get Venky's out and fast, we won't have a club to worry about anymore. Cant' understand why anyone would keep supporting the club while they are the owners, it's just keeping them there. Boycott all games from now, and they will leave and sell up while there's still some profit to be made, after all they are business people and only money makes their world go round, nothing else. goldfinger59

10:52pm Mon 1 Apr 13

goodwillie says...

Gordon Taylor Chief Executive of the footballers Union. Say no more, any union man I've ever known has been useless and out for himself.
A perfect example of how selfish union men are and why Britain is in such a mess.
Gordon Taylor Chief Executive of the footballers Union. Say no more, any union man I've ever known has been useless and out for himself. A perfect example of how selfish union men are and why Britain is in such a mess. goodwillie

11:30pm Mon 1 Apr 13

ossyrover1 says...

BRFC0808 wrote:
wat can owners do for d inability of the players and d manager...
The team hss as much as premier league players but no results to say tthe same
Had one manager performed no one would have whined
Berg - 2 wins in around 10 matches
Appleton - 3 in 12 or so..
Whose fault is this ...
Does all the Championship teams have PL managrs.. Dont think so
Then how can u guarantee results
dingle alert
[quote][p][bold]BRFC0808[/bold] wrote: wat can owners do for d inability of the players and d manager... The team hss as much as premier league players but no results to say tthe same Had one manager performed no one would have whined Berg - 2 wins in around 10 matches Appleton - 3 in 12 or so.. Whose fault is this ... Does all the Championship teams have PL managrs.. Dont think so Then how can u guarantee results[/p][/quote]dingle alert ossyrover1

1:29am Tue 2 Apr 13

jibbsarefynny says...

“It would break his heart to see them in this mess.
”lol it would be something to see the jibb has been in the ground for ages
“It would break his heart to see them in this mess. ”lol it would be something to see the jibb has been in the ground for ages jibbsarefynny

4:43am Tue 2 Apr 13

BRFC75 says...

Gordon Taylor ,the highest paid union leader in the world , 1.1 million pounds a year , just under 100,000 POUNDS A MONTH to be head of the P.F.A union.

Last thing he`s gonna do is "rock" the boat.

The game stinks ,corrupted by greed and money ,as far as footballers it seems O.K.nowadays to be a lowlife and have the morals of a alley cat if you are a good footballer , we`ll forget all that , if Taylor wants to earn his huge salary he should start off demanding the clubs have moral standards on the types of people they employ.
Gordon Taylor ,the highest paid union leader in the world , 1.1 million pounds a year , just under 100,000 POUNDS A MONTH to be head of the P.F.A union. Last thing he`s gonna do is "rock" the boat. The game stinks ,corrupted by greed and money ,as far as footballers it seems O.K.nowadays to be a lowlife and have the morals of a alley cat if you are a good footballer , we`ll forget all that , if Taylor wants to earn his huge salary he should start off demanding the clubs have moral standards on the types of people they employ. BRFC75

4:23pm Tue 2 Apr 13

noddy57 says...

Road Runner Road Runner wrote:
Your absolutely correct on that point - the supporters(community

) do not deserve this shambles created & perpetrated by these scurrilous loons from Pune.

When are the authority's going to step in and help end this shambles ?

Arte et labore
what the Venkys have done to our club is nothing short of criminal,,its a travesty that these owners have no,one to answer to for their shear recklessness in destroying this once proud club,,,Gordon Taylor is right if Jack Walker could see this turmoil he would be heartbroken,,
[quote][p][bold]Road Runner Road Runner[/bold] wrote: Your absolutely correct on that point - the supporters(community ) do not deserve this shambles created & perpetrated by these scurrilous loons from Pune. When are the authority's going to step in and help end this shambles ? Arte et labore[/p][/quote]what the Venkys have done to our club is nothing short of criminal,,its a travesty that these owners have no,one to answer to for their shear recklessness in destroying this once proud club,,,Gordon Taylor is right if Jack Walker could see this turmoil he would be heartbroken,, noddy57

8:45pm Tue 2 Apr 13

lancs1985 says...

No good writing to let about it get into fa about it Taylor we are the ones week in week out getting blasted for poooor support ect,

Venkys out
Shaw ou
Agnew out
Shebby out

The whole idiots out

N believe me Agnew n shaw are playing bigger part behind scenes than anyone thinks, they destroyed Preston quietly there doing same at ewood

Time for you lot to wake up n stop blaming shebby sing song
No good writing to let about it get into fa about it Taylor we are the ones week in week out getting blasted for poooor support ect, Venkys out Shaw ou Agnew out Shebby out The whole idiots out N believe me Agnew n shaw are playing bigger part behind scenes than anyone thinks, they destroyed Preston quietly there doing same at ewood Time for you lot to wake up n stop blaming shebby sing song lancs1985

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