Kevin Gallacher column: Dunn effect still has its force at Blackburn Rovers

Kevin Gallacher

Kevin Gallacher

First published in Football by

IT comes as no surprise to me that Gary Bowyer wants to keep David Dunn at Ewood Park.

He is a character in the dressing room but also a Blackburn lad who also what is needed, what it means to be involved with the club.

At a time when bridges are continuing to be built between the club and the supporters after a few fractures over the years, then the impact of a person like Dunny cannot be underestimated.

And when it comes to improving such relationships, then the open letter from Venky’s was another important gesture.

The season ticket offer is another important step in trying to reach out to supporters and get more to come back to Ewood Park.

The 20 ‘golden season ticket’ offer is a nice way to mark the 20th anniversary of our Premier League win, but also only a slight in season ticket prices will hopefully encourage more fans to get behind their team again.

We seem to say it every year but the Championship is only getting stronger and the teams coming down will be looking to copy QPR and go straight back up again.

Whereas you used to be looking at a couple of clubs as strong candidates for promotion now it seems that any three from 10 could go up.

We have to make sure that we are in the mix, and a bigger backing will go a long way to helping that.

The likes of Dunny understand what it means to be involved with the club and supporters identify with that.

But it’s a strange situation when you get to this stage of his career. Everyone’s looking at you and your age but you can be thinking ‘I’m only 34/35 and I feel fitter than I’ve ever been’.

Players are playing longer these days, but I still think people look at your age as a stumbling block.

Yes the likes of Ryan Giggs and Graham Alexander are recent examples of players playing into their forties but they are still rare examples out of thousands of footballers.

You have a timespan for the level of football you’re playing at and how often you’re playing, and Dunny’s injury record over the last couple of years has to be taken into consideration.

I was fortunate, I played at the top level for 99 per cent of my career.

I decided to drop down into the Championship with Preston purely for coaching purposes so that I could understand players at that level better.

When Roy Keane, for example, went into management he couldn’t understand why players weren’t as good as he had been in his career.

That’s why I feel it’s important to experience other levels first-hand, and maybe that is something Dunny might consider - perhaps to play more regular first team football too.

But there is also the pull of ending your playing career with your hometown team, which I’m sure is something that is on his mind.

There are decisions to be made and they will not be easy.

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2:11pm Wed 28 May 14

owd nick says...

Agree with most of what is said in the article.
Agree with most of what is said in the article. owd nick
  • Score: 9

2:53pm Wed 28 May 14

Super_Clarets says...

Get a grip.
Get a grip. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -17

2:57pm Wed 28 May 14

noddy57 says...

Dunny is quality but he aint getting any younger, He should be given the option of working with the club in some capacity assuming he is not fit enough to play, l am surprised these claret clowns have not been on here spewing their venom particularly about their old nemesis Dunne .
Dunny is quality but he aint getting any younger, He should be given the option of working with the club in some capacity assuming he is not fit enough to play, l am surprised these claret clowns have not been on here spewing their venom particularly about their old nemesis Dunne . noddy57
  • Score: 10

3:02pm Wed 28 May 14

Super_Clarets says...

Dunn is done.

He couldn't save your blushes this time could he, and now he has to retire knowing that he finished up on the losing side in the East Lanc's derby.
Dunn is done. He couldn't save your blushes this time could he, and now he has to retire knowing that he finished up on the losing side in the East Lanc's derby. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -14

3:12pm Wed 28 May 14

Tatts says...

Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play.

If he's fit enough then he's good enough
Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play. If he's fit enough then he's good enough Tatts
  • Score: 10

3:30pm Wed 28 May 14

greenscreener says...

Tatts wrote:
Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play.

If he's fit enough then he's good enough
Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age.

We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter.

When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence.

If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play. If he's fit enough then he's good enough[/p][/quote]Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age. We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter. When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence. If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side. greenscreener
  • Score: 11

3:39pm Wed 28 May 14

Tatts says...

greenscreener wrote:
Tatts wrote:
Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play.

If he's fit enough then he's good enough
Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age.

We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter.

When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence.

If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.
Yes, you're right. He's a squad player now but a squad player with Blackburn Rovers running through his veins and that for me is important, especially with so many new young players in the team.

I think we'll be missing a trick if we let him go.

Give him another year and the chance to leave on a high - I think we owe him that much.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play. If he's fit enough then he's good enough[/p][/quote]Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age. We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter. When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence. If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.[/p][/quote]Yes, you're right. He's a squad player now but a squad player with Blackburn Rovers running through his veins and that for me is important, especially with so many new young players in the team. I think we'll be missing a trick if we let him go. Give him another year and the chance to leave on a high - I think we owe him that much. Tatts
  • Score: 7

4:03pm Wed 28 May 14

madrover says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Get a grip.
Another load of tripe from armchair supporter won't be this cocky next year when burnley are relegated and we are promoted
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Get a grip.[/p][/quote]Another load of tripe from armchair supporter won't be this cocky next year when burnley are relegated and we are promoted madrover
  • Score: 6

5:23pm Wed 28 May 14

Old age pensioner says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Dunn is done.

He couldn't save your blushes this time could he, and now he has to retire knowing that he finished up on the losing side in the East Lanc's derby.
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[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Dunn is done. He couldn't save your blushes this time could he, and now he has to retire knowing that he finished up on the losing side in the East Lanc's derby.[/p][/quote]zzzzzzzzzNzzzzzzzzHz zzzzzzzNzzzzzzzzzHzz zzzzzzz Old age pensioner
  • Score: 6

6:01pm Wed 28 May 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
Tatts wrote:
Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play.

If he's fit enough then he's good enough
Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age.

We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter.

When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence.

If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.
Good points greenscreener, I hadn't thought of the pay as you play option, makes sense if he is up for it.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play. If he's fit enough then he's good enough[/p][/quote]Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age. We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter. When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence. If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.[/p][/quote]Good points greenscreener, I hadn't thought of the pay as you play option, makes sense if he is up for it. owd nick
  • Score: 4

10:29pm Wed 28 May 14

greenscreener says...

Tatts wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Tatts wrote:
Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play.

If he's fit enough then he's good enough
Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age.

We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter.

When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence.

If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.
Yes, you're right. He's a squad player now but a squad player with Blackburn Rovers running through his veins and that for me is important, especially with so many new young players in the team.

I think we'll be missing a trick if we let him go.

Give him another year and the chance to leave on a high - I think we owe him that much.
That's the conclusion I've come to, just hoping he will be sensible about the money.
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play. If he's fit enough then he's good enough[/p][/quote]Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age. We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter. When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence. If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.[/p][/quote]Yes, you're right. He's a squad player now but a squad player with Blackburn Rovers running through his veins and that for me is important, especially with so many new young players in the team. I think we'll be missing a trick if we let him go. Give him another year and the chance to leave on a high - I think we owe him that much.[/p][/quote]That's the conclusion I've come to, just hoping he will be sensible about the money. greenscreener
  • Score: 4

10:37pm Wed 28 May 14

greenscreener says...

owd nick wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Tatts wrote:
Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play.

If he's fit enough then he's good enough
Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age.

We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter.

When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence.

If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.
Good points greenscreener, I hadn't thought of the pay as you play option, makes sense if he is up for it.
A few people have mentioned the pay for play option, which in practice is usually a smaller basic with a larger appearance fee. I think Dunny has a bit more character than Yaya Toure, I'm sure he will want to find a way to make it work at Rovers.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: Definitely deserves another deal - pay as you play. If he's fit enough then he's good enough[/p][/quote]Sadly he can't stay fit enough, he's been injury prone throughout his career and does not have the physique of Giggs or Alexander as mentioned above, to realistically contribute for 90 minutes at this age. We have seen him this season give some good 30/60 minute performances that have still been good enough to warrant a place in the squad, but he's not going to be a regular starter. When you have 7 subs there's room for someone who can offer a bit of quality to break a deadlock, GB needs to be brave enough to use him this way to turn a draw into a win, particularly when at home and trying to break open a solid defence. If it's a pay for play deal, he might get a bit hungry, unless he's doing something extra on the coaching side.[/p][/quote]Good points greenscreener, I hadn't thought of the pay as you play option, makes sense if he is up for it.[/p][/quote]A few people have mentioned the pay for play option, which in practice is usually a smaller basic with a larger appearance fee. I think Dunny has a bit more character than Yaya Toure, I'm sure he will want to find a way to make it work at Rovers. greenscreener
  • Score: 2

10:15am Thu 29 May 14

LancsLad92 says...

I don't agree with this article, you should not be keeping players on out of sentiment, Dunny is the best player we have, he's absolutely class and gets better with age but he is losing his legs and can barely ever play because of it, if we can't get him on a pay for play contract, he either has to go or take a different job at the club for much less pay.
I don't agree with this article, you should not be keeping players on out of sentiment, Dunny is the best player we have, he's absolutely class and gets better with age but he is losing his legs and can barely ever play because of it, if we can't get him on a pay for play contract, he either has to go or take a different job at the club for much less pay. LancsLad92
  • Score: -1

12:45pm Thu 29 May 14

KHod1995 says...

In a league higher than Rovers and still obsessed with us, bless them.
In a league higher than Rovers and still obsessed with us, bless them. KHod1995
  • Score: 1

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