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DAN CLOUGH FAN COLUMN: Kean departure was a false dawn
10:27am Tuesday 18th December 2012 in Blackburn Rovers blogs
STEVE Kean’s Ewood Park departure really was a false dawn for fans of Blackburn Rovers.
For a new even darker era began on the day a certain Malaysian nobody had ever heard of turned up in town.
Shebby Singh’s appointment at first seemed a good thing.
He talked the talk and, at last, it seemed there was a movement towards some sort of decision-making process that didn’t require a return ticket to India.
Alas, things are even worse, and if things do not change drastically and quickly, we are heading towards even greater disaster.
The end of a miserable two years under Kean was the perfect opportunity to get our ailing club back on track.
Proven managers like Mick McCarthy and Ian Holloway were mentioned for the job, but it was the inexperienced Henning Berg who was given the unenviable task.
It all makes sense really. Those managers would not be able to work in the bizarre Rovers regime.
But Henning Berg, a man who has no proven managerial ability outside of Norway, can act as the figurehead and take all the blame when things go wrong.
I would like to know, for instance, the decision making process behind dropping Paul Robinson on Saturday. Who decided to start with Simon Vukcevic and who decided to stick Diogo Rosado (who? Exactly) on the bench?
Similarly, who is behind the recent rumours that a major shake-up of Berg’s backroom staff is imminent?
I am no conspiracy theorist, honest. But despite the manager coming out and telling the world he makes the decisions in this paper last week, I am not convinced things are as simple as they are being made out.
Somebody needs to go to India and convince Venky’s that major changes are required.
The first thing that needs to be done is Shebby Singh needs to go. After that, somebody who actually knows what is needed to run a successful football club must be brought back and allowed to run the club.
Mrs Desai can keep her final say on policy if she wants, but it needs to be a lot smoother and quicker process than it currently is.
If they are not prepared to do this, they must sell up now and cut their losses. Otherwise this downward slide will continue.
The asking price for a League One club will be a great deal lower than that of a Championship club, but if Venky’s don’t act fast, that is exactly where we will end up.
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