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ANDY CRYER COLUMN: There is no quick fix at Rovers
YOU get the feeling no-one really knows what to think about the coming season with regards to Blackburn Rovers – with 18 months of let downs, broken promises and failure still very much on everyone’s minds. There are some supporters who are feeling a little bit more confident about the future and who are starting to dream about a quick return to the Premier League, but there are also just as many – if not more – still deeply cynical about the whole thing. There is no quick fix here.
The supporters and the community have been let down too badly in recent times to just accept the current regime from the off and get back to enjoying their football. Manager Steve Kean won’t get the full support of Ewood Park – a stadium that could be emptier than past seasons – for a while, with some adamant he will never get their backing. I have said it before but the whole situation is bizarre, illogical, and almost unheard of.
Whether Kean will turn out to be a good manager eventually or not, no-one can argue he is not the luckiest man in the world still to be in charge. He is though and, in doing that, owners Venky’s have accepted they will initially lose a lot of supporters.
Business sense? Not at all, but it is their money and their prerogative. What it does all leave us with though is a feeling of division and uncertainty.
Perhaps an apology from those whose fault the whole mess has been would be nice. I’m not holding my breath and even if it was forthcoming, would it be accepted? Probably not. There are signs of hope.
A structure has at last been put into the club – whether people like the make-up of it is another matter – while the signings of Danny Murphy and Leon Best were more sensible than most in recent times. Is that enough on its own? Not at all. Even Rovers know now, the only way back is to walk the walk and actually win promotion this time around. After the early bold statements that have been made again this summer – about the Champion-ship being full of fear of ‘Premier League Blackburn’ – there is little other option. Having spoken to a lot of disgruntled supporters over the past few months, I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say Venky’s and Kean have lost some supporters forever.
Now, they must finally get things right to ensure no more damage is inflicted than already has been done.
They are showing signs they want to do that but wanting and doing are two very different things. I don’t understand why the owners have kept faith with Kean but I would be delighted if he could get things right – with major help from Venky’s – and prove us all wrong. If he doesn’t, then surely even Venky’s must act.
Promotion is a must, or else we could be facing a hard future.