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Blackburn Rovers blog: I’m beginning to accept new world at Ewood
I remember many years ago when my local changed hands and one of the best pints of Lion beer in Blackburn was replaced with the Manchester brew Wilsons.
We were devastated and there was much talk of boycotting and moving elsewhere.
We all, of course, gave it a try and after some initial tutting we all decided that the new brew wasn’t half bad after all.
I’m beginning to feel the same way about our precious football team. We appreciated what we had with Big Sam but since Steve Kean has taken over the reins there are definite signs of a more pleasing style of play.
In Junior Hoilett and Martin Olsson, we have some genuine pace in the side which we have been sadly lacking for a long time.
There can be no doubt the players are under strict instructions not to overdo the long ball or the long throws and that has certainly made for a better spectacle.
All of a sudden, even without any marquee signings, we seem to have more strength in depth. The win over West Bromich Albion puts us three wins from what is generally regarded as the safety of 40 points and depending on when we get there we might well be able to push on to compete for a top half finish or even dare one say it – a European place.
Stability is generally regarded in any walk of life as a good thing and football is no exception. We should welcome the owners decision to install Steve Kean as manager to 2013. If he lasts that long it will surely mean we are at the very least a Premier League side.
We still do not know the extent of the real ambitions of Venky’s or their agent Jerome Anderson for our club.
There has been plenty of big talk but as yet apart from loan signings (both of which, by the way, had encouraging games on Sunday), no serious money spent.
It could be we are experiencing a honeymoon period on the pitch with the players we already have but if there is no investment in the future other than starting a Rovers academy in Pune, India, how sustainable is our Premier League existence, never mind challenging for the top four?
I hope the Rao brothers or at least the one who purports to love football will match rhetoric with resolve to build a team and a club that this town can continue to be proud of.