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Blackburn Rovers blog: Which fans did Venky’s ask?
It was only a fortnight ago I was posing the question of exactly what the Venky’s chairman had in mind when she promised that no decision affecting Blackburn Rovers would be taken against the wishes of the fans.
So when and where have Venky’s carried out their fans survey to justify the sacking of Sam Allardyce?
There again, if the leaders of our political parties can sign pledges that can be ripped up within weeks, why should we expect owners of football clubs to be as good as their word?
As it happens, if such a poll had been carried out Venky’s would have discovered that there were plenty of fans who would have supported their sacking of Allardyce on grounds that he was not playing the game in a positive, progressive or “pretty” enough manner.
As I’ve always acknowledged, Sam was not a manager to be loved even by those who, like myself, admired his ability to grind out results on very limited resources.
Let’s not forget that he never had a really bad run in his two years at the club and left without ever suffering more than two consecutive defeats.
He will, as his muse Alex Ferguson reminded us, be a hard act to follow.
If Sam never really won over the fans he seems to have been genuinely popular with the players, and even his detractors should acknowledge a huge debt of gratitude for how he took over a club seemingly destined for Championship obscurity, and delivered mid-table security.
For some fans, and seemingly for our new owners, that is not enough.