#BRFC: A Club Losing It’s Identity

What next for the circus show that has become Blackburn Rovers Football Club?


The sacking of manager, Michael Appleton after just 15 games in charge is up there as one of the most ludicrous decisions made by the Venky’s since they bought the club in November 2010.




There are certainly a few contenders for that particular prize. The sacking of Sam Allardyce within a month of purchasing the Ewood Park outfit was the first of many calamitous errors made.


Rovers were sitting comfortably in 13th position when the Pune based businessmen decided to relieve Allardyce of his duties.


The former Bolton and Newcastle boss appeared to be the perfect man to preserve the club’s top flight status and offer some stability after Paul Ince’s unsuccessful stint at the helm.




The Venkys held much loftier ambitions than that however. They were quoted as sacking Allardyce because “we wanted good football and Blackburn to be fourth or fifth in the league or even better. The fans should trust us because this is in the best interests of the club.”


How misguided these comments were.


The first transfer window under the leadership of the new owners saw the Venky’s declare an interest in signing Ronaldinho and David Beckham.


Such targets never came close to becoming a reality and the Lancashire outfit were dragged into a relegation battle, only for Steve Kean to keep them up on the final day with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Wolves.


The warning signs for a full season under the Indian owners were there for all to see and it was becoming increasingly apparent that fans did not trust Kean to lead the club forward.


Two well supported protests were held before home fixtures with Arsenal and Manchester City early in the 2011/12 campaign as the Rovers faithful made their position on the Scot clear.


Steve Kean


Against the supporters’ wishes, the Venky’s offered Kean a new two year deal which led to a ‘week of mourning’ around Ewood Park, with fans laying wreaths by the ground.


The season ahead would be a troubled one for Blackburn and ultimately resulted in relegation to the Championship. Kean resigned after failing to register a win in his first seven games in the second tier.


Former fan favourite Henning Berg was hired and fired within the space of two months before Appleton suffered a similar fate.


It is a sorry state of affairs for a club steeped in tradition. Blackburn are one of only five clubs to have been crowned Premier League Champions.


Football has been around for many years, much longer than Sky would have you believe. Only nine clubs across the country have won more trophies than Rovers and they have triumphed on no less than six occasions in the FA Cup.


In an era dominated by wealthy football clubs, Blackburn also managed to lift the League Cup in 2002, beating Tottenham 2-1 in the final in Cardiff.




All of the proud achievements mentioned above will seem a distant memory to fans of this historic club. The way that they are currently being run is nothing short of shambolic and to see one of England’s most traditional clubs lose its identity through reckless leadership is a crying shame.


The departure of Appleton leaves Rovers struggling towards the bottom of the Championship and a return to the top flight doesn’t appear imminent.


Blackburn legend, Ronnie Clayton will be turning in his grave with the way that his beloved club is deteriorating. At least the former England captain was alive to see a young Alan Shearer fire Kenny Dalglish’s side to the title in 1995.


How the current regime could use such iconic figures now.



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