Tag: Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn vs Burnley: Time To Burst The Bubble?

Blackburn Rovers play Burnley in the top flight for the first time in over forty years this weekend, but the fixture is being treated as a problem that needs to be dealt with rather than a celebration of a revival in Lancashire football which has taken many people by surprise.

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Match Of The Week: Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Manchester City

Sam Allardyce is, for a certain profile of Premier League football club, the pragmatist’s choice as manager. If you strip away the rampant ego and the tendency to strap a Bluetooth headset to the side of his head, Allardyce has a job that he can do. It just happens that the job is to finish somewhere between twelfth and fourteenth in the Premier League, though. For a couple of years, it seemed as though he had ideas above his station. He announced loudly and to anybody that would listen that he was the perfect choice to manage the England team and deserted Bolton Wanderers for Newcastle United. Neither tactic were especially successful. Now, though, he’s back in the bottom of the Premier League doing what he does best – ensuring no significant relegation battles but very little excitement of any other sort either. What Sam would do with the money thrown at Manchester City over the last few months is anybody’s guess, but it’s not completely unthinkable that he could have been the man in charge of this suddenly distended budget. Mark Hughes was selected as Sven Goran Eriksson, reportedly as the first choice of Thaksin Shinawatra, though, and Hughes has spent the last nine months or so half looking as if he has won the national lottery after a forty week rollover and half looking as if he...

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Paul Wince

As I write this, Blyth Spartans have just beaten AFC Bournemouth in an FA Cup Second Round replay at Croft Park. The reward for Blyth is a Third Round match against Blackburn Rovers at the start of January, and there is a possibility that Blackburn will not have a new manager by then. It was a monumental evening’s work for Blyth, who harried and harrassed Bournemouth for ninety minutes before hitting them with a sucker punch right at the death. For Blackburn, one cannot help but feel that this is the worst possible match, at the worst possible time. In freefall in the Premier League and with Paul Ince having departed from Ewood Park earlier today, the future looks bleak for Blackburn. So, Paul Ince. Before we go onto discuss his spell in charge in any detail, let’s get one thing about the way. Paul Ince’s sacking from Blackburn Rovers wasn’t a race issue. If it had been a race thing, presumably they wouldn’t have hired him in the first place. This was a matter of too much, too soon. Ince was in a hurry to get into the Premier League from the time that he set foot behind the manager’s desk at Macclesfield Town. His achievement in steering them clear from the relegation zone in League Two was significant, as was his taking Franchise into League One last...

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Give Them An Ince And They’ll Take A Mile

In this day and age, racism has become easier to spot. You no longer get working class northern comedians on primetime television yakking on about “nig-nogs” and, in football, no-one could away with, say, the claim of Ron Noades that black players couldn’t cope with defending, especially in bad weather. These days, racism is veiled. Anyone that spends any time in the company of the general public knows that it still exists, but those in public positions also know that to make a racist public statement would be professional suicide. It’s still there, though – in the Islamophobia of the tabloid press and the occasional ugly shouts that you hear coming from the terraces on a Saturday afternoon. All that has happened has been that racism has become, in some respects, more difficult to spot. One way in which this manifested itself in football was in the lack of black managers in the Premier League, which was, in comparison with the number of black players at that level, a more than feeble zero for many, many years. This figure has been improved upon (it could hardly not be) with the likes of Jean Tigana and Ruud Gullit, but the lack of black British managers continued to be striking and was, if anything, only emphasised by the appointment of Paul Ince to manage Blackburn Rovers a couple of months ago....

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