Blackburn Rovers blog: Arsenal result will be so crucial now

Blackburn Rovers blog: Arsenal result will be so crucial now

Blackburn Rovers blog: Arsenal result will be so crucial now

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

IF Saturday’s home game against Arsenal was not important enough already, this week’s events have given it an altogether greater significance.

Whatever your thoughts on Steve Kean and the job he has done since he took over as boss last December, a section of fans have undoubtedly become more vocal in their criticism of the Scot in recent days.

First there was the open letter to the club’s owners, now plans for a protest march on Saturday morning ahead of the Arsenal game and even a petition for Kean’s removal.

Such events are not the norm at Blackburn Rovers.

We have seen similar scenes at the likes of Leeds, even Manchester United, mostly protesting against club owners. But rarely do such things happen at Ewood Park.

That is perhaps the biggest indication of the level of concern among some fans about the club’s future in the Premier League.

Such concern is understandable.

Some supporters have never been convinced by Kean ever since his surprise appointment last December, so seeing the club bottom of the table with one point from their first four games has set alarm bells ringing.

The Lancashire Telegraph has been contacted by a number of supporters in recent days and well over 100 comments were posted on our website yesterday after our story on Saturday’s protest march.

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Many have backed the march, although it must be said that others believe it is not the right time – pointing to the fact that Rovers secured their first point of the season at Fulham on Sunday and insisting any such protest could affect Rovers’ chances of a result against Arsenal.

“I cannot see any greater good,” said one fan in an e-mail.

“The players need us. Blackburn Rovers Football Club needs us.

“We need to stand tall and be counted – but not like this.”

Perhaps the most important thing of all is that the march does not cause divisions within the club’s support, the bedrock on which Rovers are built.

But, no matter what opinion you hold, the fact that it is happening seems to place further importance on the Arsenal match.

Three points would most likely be viewed as a moral victory for Kean against his detractors, halting the momentum against him in the national press at least.

It would be a sign that the players are still capable of getting results amid an unsettled atmosphere among the club’s support.

Defeat and fans’ discontent could strengthen significantly.

The spotlight on his position would increase, even if at no point have Venky’s indicated that they have any doubts over his future – in fact Kean insisted they had been as supportive as ever at a recent meeting in India.

Right now, much of the attention is on the pre-match activities.

The game itself could possibly tell us most of all.

Read the Blackburn Rovers jury only in today's Lancashire Telegraph newspaper.

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3:06pm Thu 15 Sep 11

MxMave says...

Give him 5 more games. As its fallen with internationals there has been no time for the new guys to train at any great length with the squad.
Give him 5 more games. As its fallen with internationals there has been no time for the new guys to train at any great length with the squad. MxMave
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3:23pm Thu 15 Sep 11

mrconcept says...

I love it how we are already battling for survival 4 games in.

KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
KEAN OUT NOW
I love it how we are already battling for survival 4 games in. KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW KEAN OUT NOW mrconcept
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4:55pm Thu 15 Sep 11

walkaround says...

MxMave wrote:
Give him 5 more games. As its fallen with internationals there has been no time for the new guys to train at any great length with the squad.
You sir like the protesting fans are not helping Rovers cause!Granted results have not been good since SK was in charge but he inherited a team from another manager plus the signings made over xmas are just showing signs of bearing fruit.

The capture of Scott Dann and Goodwillie I belive are great signings for the club.Ok the managers unproven at prem level,But he must be giving time to gell his new signings then we can judge.We were unlucky against Everton but followed that up with a good point at craven cottage.Not many teams will go there and take full 3 points.My point is that a lot of Rovers fans forget we are not a massive club and have been punching above our weight for quite a number of seasons.A change now in mangement before the teams new signings have gelled wont improve results immediatley.The guy must be given a run of games.

To the fans marching you are only hurting the players on matchday against Arsenal,What happens if god forbid we beat Arsenal?Humble pie.If after 5 games we still bottom of table then yes a change should be made but untill then COYB!
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: Give him 5 more games. As its fallen with internationals there has been no time for the new guys to train at any great length with the squad.[/p][/quote]You sir like the protesting fans are not helping Rovers cause!Granted results have not been good since SK was in charge but he inherited a team from another manager plus the signings made over xmas are just showing signs of bearing fruit. The capture of Scott Dann and Goodwillie I belive are great signings for the club.Ok the managers unproven at prem level,But he must be giving time to gell his new signings then we can judge.We were unlucky against Everton but followed that up with a good point at craven cottage.Not many teams will go there and take full 3 points.My point is that a lot of Rovers fans forget we are not a massive club and have been punching above our weight for quite a number of seasons.A change now in mangement before the teams new signings have gelled wont improve results immediatley.The guy must be given a run of games. To the fans marching you are only hurting the players on matchday against Arsenal,What happens if god forbid we beat Arsenal?Humble pie.If after 5 games we still bottom of table then yes a change should be made but untill then COYB! walkaround
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5:06pm Thu 15 Sep 11

Dukes8 says...

I want Kean out too but protesting saturday morning would be silly. maybe after the game if we lose. the players need our support and our chances of getting something from the game will greatly decrease if we protest.
I want Kean out too but protesting saturday morning would be silly. maybe after the game if we lose. the players need our support and our chances of getting something from the game will greatly decrease if we protest. Dukes8
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5:42pm Thu 15 Sep 11

walkaround says...

Sorry was ment to quote mrconcept in my post lol
Sorry was ment to quote mrconcept in my post lol walkaround
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6:51pm Thu 15 Sep 11

J.C - Rishton says...

walkaround wrote:
MxMave wrote:
Give him 5 more games. As its fallen with internationals there has been no time for the new guys to train at any great length with the squad.
You sir like the protesting fans are not helping Rovers cause!Granted results have not been good since SK was in charge but he inherited a team from another manager plus the signings made over xmas are just showing signs of bearing fruit.

The capture of Scott Dann and Goodwillie I belive are great signings for the club.Ok the managers unproven at prem level,But he must be giving time to gell his new signings then we can judge.We were unlucky against Everton but followed that up with a good point at craven cottage.Not many teams will go there and take full 3 points.My point is that a lot of Rovers fans forget we are not a massive club and have been punching above our weight for quite a number of seasons.A change now in mangement before the teams new signings have gelled wont improve results immediatley.The guy must be given a run of games.

To the fans marching you are only hurting the players on matchday against Arsenal,What happens if god forbid we beat Arsenal?Humble pie.If after 5 games we still bottom of table then yes a change should be made but untill then COYB!
What ?? - a moral victory for SK if Rovers beat Arsenal - Isnt that what he's supposed to be employed to do ??
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Win, lose or draw against the Arse, I am sorry but you must be talking out of yours if you ever think this guy is going to make it as a premiership manager.
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Self delusion will only take us to one place - the championship !!!
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The guy is a liability - everyone else in the football world already knows it - the longer we retain his services, the more likely it is that we will be one of the 3 teams to be relegated.
[quote][p][bold]walkaround[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: Give him 5 more games. As its fallen with internationals there has been no time for the new guys to train at any great length with the squad.[/p][/quote]You sir like the protesting fans are not helping Rovers cause!Granted results have not been good since SK was in charge but he inherited a team from another manager plus the signings made over xmas are just showing signs of bearing fruit. The capture of Scott Dann and Goodwillie I belive are great signings for the club.Ok the managers unproven at prem level,But he must be giving time to gell his new signings then we can judge.We were unlucky against Everton but followed that up with a good point at craven cottage.Not many teams will go there and take full 3 points.My point is that a lot of Rovers fans forget we are not a massive club and have been punching above our weight for quite a number of seasons.A change now in mangement before the teams new signings have gelled wont improve results immediatley.The guy must be given a run of games. To the fans marching you are only hurting the players on matchday against Arsenal,What happens if god forbid we beat Arsenal?Humble pie.If after 5 games we still bottom of table then yes a change should be made but untill then COYB![/p][/quote]What ?? - a moral victory for SK if Rovers beat Arsenal - Isnt that what he's supposed to be employed to do ?? . Win, lose or draw against the Arse, I am sorry but you must be talking out of yours if you ever think this guy is going to make it as a premiership manager. . Self delusion will only take us to one place - the championship !!! . The guy is a liability - everyone else in the football world already knows it - the longer we retain his services, the more likely it is that we will be one of the 3 teams to be relegated. J.C - Rishton
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7:16pm Thu 15 Sep 11

makaveli96 says...

As a fellow catholic I have prayed that results will change Steve! But unfortunatly your time has come and not even the pope can save you now!
As a fellow catholic I have prayed that results will change Steve! But unfortunatly your time has come and not even the pope can save you now! makaveli96
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8:17pm Thu 15 Sep 11

duggie123 says...

lets look at this in another way.
Keane took over the driving seat of a well sorted formula 1 car running eighth in the race.
He decided at this point that eighth wasn't good enough so he fired some of the team, two enginners, a driving coach, a couple of service crew etc etc. Guess what, the changes made by the team manager have back fired, the few faces he brought in to replace the eight he sacked simply aren't good enough. The team is now last on the grid and are running a car which last year had seven gears, the new car has 5. do you honestly think this car can keep pace with 19 well sorted teams, enough said, keane you f----d up, you are the weakest link now get out of town
lets look at this in another way. Keane took over the driving seat of a well sorted formula 1 car running eighth in the race. He decided at this point that eighth wasn't good enough so he fired some of the team, two enginners, a driving coach, a couple of service crew etc etc. Guess what, the changes made by the team manager have back fired, the few faces he brought in to replace the eight he sacked simply aren't good enough. The team is now last on the grid and are running a car which last year had seven gears, the new car has 5. do you honestly think this car can keep pace with 19 well sorted teams, enough said, keane you f----d up, you are the weakest link now get out of town duggie123
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10:48pm Thu 15 Sep 11

one more season says...

If Venkys had any business sense they would not have allowed the divisions within the fans that are now happening because of Steve Kean.
If they really want the best for the club and indeed in turn the best for themselves financially then they would look to their supporters and not arrogantly dismiss their views.
How much have they lost from lack of ticket sales, shirt sales and the sponsorship losses, all because of Steve Kean creating uncertainty about our future. It takes guts to make the right decisions which are needed now, before the supporters start demonstrating against Venkys themselves and then everything goes down the pan.Is Steve Kean really worth all that?
If Venkys had any business sense they would not have allowed the divisions within the fans that are now happening because of Steve Kean. If they really want the best for the club and indeed in turn the best for themselves financially then they would look to their supporters and not arrogantly dismiss their views. How much have they lost from lack of ticket sales, shirt sales and the sponsorship losses, all because of Steve Kean creating uncertainty about our future. It takes guts to make the right decisions which are needed now, before the supporters start demonstrating against Venkys themselves and then everything goes down the pan.Is Steve Kean really worth all that? one more season
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7:54am Fri 16 Sep 11

bluenwhite says...

besides the protest, do venkys not realise how pi@@ed off people are. Look at the gates, absoluteley disgraceful considering we have the chaepest season tickets around. Is that not enough to show them we arnt happy? Obviously not, going off there press releases. KEAN OUT
besides the protest, do venkys not realise how pi@@ed off people are. Look at the gates, absoluteley disgraceful considering we have the chaepest season tickets around. Is that not enough to show them we arnt happy? Obviously not, going off there press releases. KEAN OUT bluenwhite
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1:26pm Fri 16 Sep 11

noddymcleod says...

Good point above - it's not the protesting fans who are causing the divisions, it's down the inept way Venkys have run the club and the poor results under Air Miles Kean that are causing the "divisions". Put the blame in the right place.
Venkys will move on, Kean will move on but the fans will stay and probably still read the LET, so why doesn't the LET show more understanding and loyalty to the fans and readers instead of acting as unpaid PR agents for Kean and Venkys.
Good point above - it's not the protesting fans who are causing the divisions, it's down the inept way Venkys have run the club and the poor results under Air Miles Kean that are causing the "divisions". Put the blame in the right place. Venkys will move on, Kean will move on but the fans will stay and probably still read the LET, so why doesn't the LET show more understanding and loyalty to the fans and readers instead of acting as unpaid PR agents for Kean and Venkys. noddymcleod
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