Tag: Blackburn Rovers

The Axe Fails To Fall On Steve Kean… For Now

It was a story that was completely in keeping with the entire way in which Blackburn Rovers Football Club has been run over the last couple of years or so that whether it was true or not was almost irrelevant. As a barometer of what most think of the owners of the club, that the story that Steve Kean had been sacked its manager and then decided to carry on anyway as if nothing had happened was so readily believed in itself spoke volumes about the respect – or the lack thereof – with which both are held amongst the clubs support and the wider world of football. When viewed through this prism, that he remains in charge of the club is the icing on the cake for all bar the beleaguered supporters of the club themselves, but how much longer he can remain in this position is still a matter for conjecture, even if the previous form of both the owners and the manager suggest a tendency to hang on until the bitter, bitter end. It was entirely in keeping with the chaotic nature of this football club that Keans future should be called into question in this respect at a time during which it may just about be able to state a case for saying that he has turned some sort of corner. Blackburn Rovers spent a...

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Match Of The Past: Blackburn Rovers

This morning, we return to our series of videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship with another of those relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn Rovers is a club whose initial decline arguably started with the advent of television, which makes archive footage of them a little difficult to find, but we do have six matches for you today from the years between 1968 and 1994, kicking off with a trip to Craven Cottage to play Fulham in 1968, and this is followed with a home match against Sheffield United from the 1969/70 season. We then have two matches from the 1980s. First up is an away match against Swindon Town from the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in January 1984, and then comes a home match against Aston Villa from 1988. We then have two matches from the early 1990s, as Jack Walker built the club back up. First up is an away match against Grimsby Town from the 1991/92 season, which ended with the club getting promotion into the Premier League, and our final match demonstrates how well they settled once there – it’s a home thrashing of Liverpool from the following season. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here....

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

With an air of the inevitability that has accompanied much of their season and more than a hint of black comedy, Blackburn Rovers slipped from the Premier League last night. It was managed, as these matters so frequently are, by a very thin margin, with only a goal from Wigan Athletic’s Antolin Alcaraz three minutes from time being enough to separate the two sides on the night. Those protesting at Ewood Park last night, however, were playing protest as the longer game, having spent much of last nine months venting their fury in the direction of the Venkys group, whose ownership of the club has led to the eventuality of relegation and the financial uncertainty that comes with it. The black humour on display at Ewood Park last night provided merely the thinnest veil of levity to an otherwise depressing evening for the club’s supporters. Where else but at this ground, we might reasonably ask, could a match be held up because a chicken dressed in the livery of the home team managed to get onto the pitch? It was a moment that the high definition cameras of the watching broadcasters couldn’t help but focus upon, but as the fall-out began to settle after a fractious evening in Lancashire, a familiar narrative had been picked up on by those watching the match from the comfort of the studios – that of the know-your-placery that has...

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Blackburn Rovers: When Owners Turn Chicken

One emerging problem with the “benefactor model” of club ownership is “what happens next?” Blackburn Rovers have struggled with this problem since their 1990s benefactor, steel magnate Jack Walker, died in 2000. And current owners Venky’s are not, yet anyway, the solution. Walker, who famously took Rovers to/bought the 1995 Premier League title, made some post-benefactor plans, forming the “Jack Walker Settlement” (JWS), a trust based in the Jersey tax haven, where he lived from 1974, when his riches attracted taxes which the great benefactor was…erm…unprepared to give. The Trust dealt with the practicalities of Walker’s business legacy, to “promote and enlarge all my business interests.” For Rovers this meant providing finance “for the foreseeable future”, which manifested itself in annual £3m contributions. £3m wasn’t quite “a lot of money in those days.” But it became exponentially less significant over time. And the end of the “foreseeable future,” as David Conn wrote in the Guardian newspaper in 2008, “was apparently reached in January” when JWS trustees saw “no immediate requirement to invest further.” Rovers’ then-chairman John Williams negotiated funding for the short-term. But the trustees wanted to sell the club and Rovers had already joined the Premier League clubs searching for wealthy investment in those immediate pre-recession days. They attracted suitors such as Daniel Williams, Chris Ronnie and Nabeel Chowdery until the economic freeze turned the trail cold. Then...

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Match Of The Week: Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

The Premier League title race, we have been told repeatedly over the last couple of weeks or so, is back on. Since getting knocked out of the Champions League by FC Basel, Manchester United have started to rediscover some of their familiar imperiousness, with sixteen goals in their last four Premier League matches – including five in two successive matches – while Manchester City have, with a defeat at Chelsea and a lacklustre draw at West Bromwich Albion, shown signs of chink in their previously impenetrable-looking armour. On top of this, Alex Ferguson (who gave himself three more years in the manager’s job at the club three years ago) confirmed that he intends to stay in charge at the club for a further three years this morning, and it’s also his seventieth birthday today. Today’s match, against the Premier League’s bottom club, should have something of a party atmosphere about it for Manchester United. Something, however, doesn’t feel right today. The atmosphere at Old Trafford is muted, rather as if no-one particularly wants to be there. It would certainly be understandable if the Blackburn manager Steve Kean didn’t want to be. He remains persona non grata for a proportion of Blackburn’s support, a feeling that has scarcely been diluted by his team’s recent draw at Anfield. They remain anchored to the bottom of the Premier League and, as those...

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