Sit Down, Shut Up: Blackburn Rovers Supporters & The Stewardship Of Their Club


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. SJMaskell says:

    Such a clear summary of the situation Ian, it makes you wonder why no one is giving this story any real room in the media at large.

    Blackburn’s demise, and the stubbornness of Steve Kean in ignoring the cause of the protests against him, illustrates all that is wrong with the ownership and governance of English football. Supporters’ Direct talk of owners being ‘Unethical, Dishonourable and Ill-advised’ – the only difficulty in Blackburn’s case being which of these epithets best describes Venkys’ tenure. Yet the FA and Leagues are unwilling to pay attention to the fetid ordure caused by their laissez-faire mismanagement of the game. Fans are seen as an inconvenience and protests quashed at every turn, as we have seen at Leeds and Coventry this season as well as Blackburn.

    The irony of the ‘Bates out’ banner behind the shot of Keane on Sky at the end of the match was missed by everyone in the Media it seems. The reality is that it is not just Blackburn but football wide where owners are allowed to strip historic clubs of their community meaning and function. Fans are ignored by a media more interested in dishing up stereotypes to the en-sofaed millions than promoting the values that the game so usefully once embodied.

  2. Sean says:

    Exellent article. Hats off to you sir. As a long suffering Rovers fan I can say I have not read a better and clearer summary of the disgraceful goings on at my beloved Rovers. Thank you. This goes some way to restore faith in good football journalism.

  3. Bob says:

    On a salary beyond his wildest dreams (a reputed £1.5m per annum) and charged beyond his hope with the stewardship of a football club, there is absolutely no prospect that Kean will give up his not to be repeated opportunity, forego the cash and return to the obscurity that awaits his return and that has been the hallmark of his whole career.

  4. David says:


    I cannot stand the ‘Holier than thou’ attitude coming from the happy-clappy brigade.

    I ‘ve seen more docile beings in a farm yard!

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