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Blackburn Rovers Column: Nationals need to take notice of our fans
WHEN will national journalists who write about Rovers actually take some notice of what has gone on at the club this season?
I read two separate reports of Saturday’s game with Norwich City in the Sunday nationals, and both of them were written as though the fans have completely overreacted.
Fair enough, I don’t really back the protests, and I certainly don’t condone the chants inside the ground, especially when we were winning, but at least I understand them.
If Venky’s had taken over at Tottenham, West Ham or Fulham, or any other club south of Birmingham, they would realise what is going on.
But they don’t. We are Blackburn Rovers, from Lancashire, and they simply do not get it.
Over the past 12 months we have replaced a proven manager with a disaster, sold or released most of our best players, replacing them with chaff, and our boardroom is unrecognisable.
All this while the new owners hide in their Indian bunker, now mute after making themselves look stupid one too many times with outlandish statements to the media.
A 2-0 win over Norwich City, a side we really should be beating at home anyway, does not excuse what has happened before.
But reading what these national newspaper journalists waffle, you would think it spells complete redemption.
Forget the fact we are still three points adrift at the end of a torrid and painful campaign.
Forget the rumours of training ground bust-ups, or that our best defender Gael Givet has been left out of the side in recent weeks.
Forget that a large percentage of season ticket-holders have already put their renewal forms in the bin in disgust at what is going on at the club they have supported all their lives.
I am delighted we have won and that our survival is still a possibility.
I just wish we weren’t being made to suffer alone, as we are not the last football club that will be destroyed by a company like Venky’s.
Despite the win on Saturday, the survival run-in does not make good reading.
QPR are the most likely side to drop back into the bottom three, with trips to Chelsea and Manchester City coming up for them, as well as a home game against Stoke.
Rovers must target three points against Wigan and hope for a White Hart Lane miracle.
I really cannot see us getting anything from Chelsea on the final day.
The big danger, however, is Bolton, who have five games to make up the one point difference between us and them.
It really is squeeky bum time. But if we do survive, expect Steve Kean to be lauded in the nationals.
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