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Chris Flanagan Blog: Title contenders must take control now

AT Championship games up and down the country, an increasingly familiar tale has been told in recent weeks.

It is the story of Reading, the club who upset all the odds to win the Championship title last season.

If you’ve followed the division on television and radio this season, the tale has been recounted on numerous occasions.

"Yes, team X is struggling," the pundit will generally say. "But Reading were in the relegation zone early on last year and look what happened to them."

It is true to some extent. Reading were 23rd after six games and still only 16th by the end of October.

By the end of December, though, they were fifth and their run continued all the way to the top of the table by April.

Reading’s run of 24 wins in 29 games was remarkable, and worthy of recognition a year on.

But it was also the sort of run that is unlikely to be repeated again, the exception rather than the rule.

Similar freak occurrences used to be cited as spurious reasons not to treat the cup competitions seriously.

Middlesbrough got relegated after reaching two cup finals, so a wave of other managers decided it was best to concentrate on the league.

Ipswich went down in the same season that they had a promising UEFA Cup run, so clubs started to scale back their ambitions in Europe.

But just because something unusual happens once, it does not mean we should expect it to happen again.

Reading’s ascent will only give false hope to most of those who believe they can also rise from a lowly starting position and still gain promotion.

In reality, almost all clubs in the same situation have either left it too late already, or have struggled early on simply because they do not have what it takes.

That is why, for Blackburn Rovers and Burnley, these next few weeks are so important.

If they really have designs on promotion, they must be in position to strike by November or December.

The other sides to go up last season, Southampton and West Ham, were first and second respectively at this time last year.

A year earlier QPR, Norwich and Swansea were second, fifth and third.

There is now little time to waste, both in terms of managerial appointments and results.

The tale of Reading’s remarkable rise can only provide hope for so long.

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11:24am Fri 2 Nov 12

handyamBRFC says...

Congratulations to Henning Berg. He was a true professional and lets hope he can again show his credentials and take us up where we belong.
Lets hope he can bring in a few players from his side of the world. a few players that can make the difference and take us back up.

Regards BRFC & Venkeys, its about time true fans realized that the club has been in a state of transition and hopefully we have turned that corner.
Its pointless blaming everyone within the club.
Its now time to stick together and support the club, we need the fans, owners, management and players all together.

We know that we cant compete with the major clubs in England but we can get up there back in premiership and stay there where we belong.

By comparison with major clubs in England, BRFC are a small town club who have been elevated to the premier league due to Jack Walker and his money. Without him BRFC would be languishing in the lower leagues.
For the last 2 decades Blackburn have secured their status as a premier league club. They are an established club with ''Premier'' written all over. They deserve to be up there. Their record speaks for itself over the last 20 years....check the stats.....!!

Unfortunately, a few teams have to go down every year and this time round it was BRFC. But we will be back hopefully at the first attempt.
Fortunately, BRFC should be head and shoulders better than the others in the championship and should come up sooner rather than later. With the playing staff at their disposal it should be a formality.

We just need a few more solid players, like a left back, a right back, a fast winger and a central midfield general to boss the center and provide link up with the strikers....what do you think...????
what players do we need.?
what players are not good enough..?
what players have you noticed who we should be buying.?
what players can we buy in January..?

Also..........
The problems did not start with Venkeys taking over, rather the issues were that the Walker family after ''Our Jack'' did not want to back BRFC in the manner that 'Our Jack Walker' did.
The demise began from when the family of Jack walker were not prepared to back BRFC in the manner that OUR Jack Walker would have expected.
The family had been secretly trying to sell BRFC secretly just after the death of Jack Walker....That's a disgrace.
The problems of BRFC started from that point on wards.
BRFC waited for many months / years to find some buyers but to no avail.
It seemed no one wanted to buy the club. Eventually Venkeys bought the club.
Actually BRFC were fortunate that Venkeys did buy as there did not seem to be any other interest at all.
BRFC had no choice as the family of Jack Walker wanted to get rid of the (BRFC) family jewels.

Hence, the real anger should be directed at the Walker family who let down 'Jack' and let down the fans and the club.
They did not care less about who they sold the club to as long as they got their money.
In fact, many offers did come from Americans and other Europeans but they were so low that the Walker family would have made massive losses.
The only reason they sold to the Indians was that the Venkeys were New to this game, didn't know anything and extremely naive.
The walker family rubbed their hands in glee when Venkeys made such a silly offer as to satisfy their financial demands.

Where was the anger then.....when the Walker family were selling out getting rid of this club, your and our club and 'Jacks'
They let us down and have now run away.....!!!

We need to get used to the idea that foreigners own our football clubs,
If the people of Blackburn were so interested why did we not come up with a plan for the club together with the Jack Walker foundation and family.
Unfortunately, the Walker family were not interested in selling to the people as they would have not got much money from the people of Blackburn. They would have been lucky to get a penny.

And the Walker family sold as they knew it was time to stop bank rolling BRFC and get as much as they possibly could , which they did and have now disappeared. away from BRFC.

We now have owners who are investing and hopefully will continue to do so, we all need to get together and act as one voice and for sure we will achieve what we all want.

so that's what we should all remember at BRFC.

Finally, Real football fans are those who stick through Good and bad times.
I ask ...you BRFC supporters...Are you a real BRFC fan...???
You can’t always be winners
And compared to some premier teams we are really small but good enough to get into and stay in premiership

Let’s be positive and get on with our job as supporters

Let’s get behind the team and playing staff and BRFC

And this should lead us to GLORY and the premiership.....
SIMPLE
Congratulations to Henning Berg. He was a true professional and lets hope he can again show his credentials and take us up where we belong. Lets hope he can bring in a few players from his side of the world. a few players that can make the difference and take us back up. Regards BRFC & Venkeys, its about time true fans realized that the club has been in a state of transition and hopefully we have turned that corner. Its pointless blaming everyone within the club. Its now time to stick together and support the club, we need the fans, owners, management and players all together. We know that we cant compete with the major clubs in England but we can get up there back in premiership and stay there where we belong. By comparison with major clubs in England, BRFC are a small town club who have been elevated to the premier league due to Jack Walker and his money. Without him BRFC would be languishing in the lower leagues. For the last 2 decades Blackburn have secured their status as a premier league club. They are an established club with ''Premier'' written all over. They deserve to be up there. Their record speaks for itself over the last 20 years....check the stats.....!! Unfortunately, a few teams have to go down every year and this time round it was BRFC. But we will be back hopefully at the first attempt. Fortunately, BRFC should be head and shoulders better than the others in the championship and should come up sooner rather than later. With the playing staff at their disposal it should be a formality. We just need a few more solid players, like a left back, a right back, a fast winger and a central midfield general to boss the center and provide link up with the strikers....what do you think...???? what players do we need.? what players are not good enough..? what players have you noticed who we should be buying.? what players can we buy in January..? Also.......... The problems did not start with Venkeys taking over, rather the issues were that the Walker family after ''Our Jack'' did not want to back BRFC in the manner that 'Our Jack Walker' did. The demise began from when the family of Jack walker were not prepared to back BRFC in the manner that OUR Jack Walker would have expected. The family had been secretly trying to sell BRFC secretly just after the death of Jack Walker....That's a disgrace. The problems of BRFC started from that point on wards. BRFC waited for many months / years to find some buyers but to no avail. It seemed no one wanted to buy the club. Eventually Venkeys bought the club. Actually BRFC were fortunate that Venkeys did buy as there did not seem to be any other interest at all. BRFC had no choice as the family of Jack Walker wanted to get rid of the (BRFC) family jewels. Hence, the real anger should be directed at the Walker family who let down 'Jack' and let down the fans and the club. They did not care less about who they sold the club to as long as they got their money. In fact, many offers did come from Americans and other Europeans but they were so low that the Walker family would have made massive losses. The only reason they sold to the Indians was that the Venkeys were New to this game, didn't know anything and extremely naive. The walker family rubbed their hands in glee when Venkeys made such a silly offer as to satisfy their financial demands. Where was the anger then.....when the Walker family were selling out getting rid of this club, your and our club and 'Jacks' They let us down and have now run away.....!!! We need to get used to the idea that foreigners own our football clubs, If the people of Blackburn were so interested why did we not come up with a plan for the club together with the Jack Walker foundation and family. Unfortunately, the Walker family were not interested in selling to the people as they would have not got much money from the people of Blackburn. They would have been lucky to get a penny. And the Walker family sold as they knew it was time to stop bank rolling BRFC and get as much as they possibly could , which they did and have now disappeared. away from BRFC. We now have owners who are investing and hopefully will continue to do so, we all need to get together and act as one voice and for sure we will achieve what we all want. so that's what we should all remember at BRFC. Finally, Real football fans are those who stick through Good and bad times. I ask ...you BRFC supporters...Are you a real BRFC fan...??? You can’t always be winners And compared to some premier teams we are really small but good enough to get into and stay in premiership Let’s be positive and get on with our job as supporters Let’s get behind the team and playing staff and BRFC And this should lead us to GLORY and the premiership..... SIMPLE handyamBRFC
  • Score: 1

1:34am Thu 8 Nov 12

Donmac46 says...

At last someone telling us the facts, that really are much nearer the truth than most supporters are willing to accept. We were on a downward path long before Venky's tookover, but it would probably have taken a little longer to be in the position we eventually have found ourselves. The Walker family can take no credit in selling out Jack's legacy, to the only bidder willing to take us over. I think if Jack could still speak to us, he would be thoroughly disgusted with his own family, in how they allowed the team he built and loved, to deteriorate so rapidly, to the extent they wanted his money back any old way.Then selling it to the most naive and shonkiest people they could come across. God bless Jack Walker and all that he did for us, but a pox on the rest of his family, as they will never ever be forgiven, or forgotten for what they did, by the true blue Blackburn Rovers supporters.
At last someone telling us the facts, that really are much nearer the truth than most supporters are willing to accept. We were on a downward path long before Venky's tookover, but it would probably have taken a little longer to be in the position we eventually have found ourselves. The Walker family can take no credit in selling out Jack's legacy, to the only bidder willing to take us over. I think if Jack could still speak to us, he would be thoroughly disgusted with his own family, in how they allowed the team he built and loved, to deteriorate so rapidly, to the extent they wanted his money back any old way.Then selling it to the most naive and shonkiest people they could come across. God bless Jack Walker and all that he did for us, but a pox on the rest of his family, as they will never ever be forgiven, or forgotten for what they did, by the true blue Blackburn Rovers supporters. Donmac46
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