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It’s amazing how quickly people are willing to forgive and forget. Perhaps in the case of Venky’s and Steve Kean it’s more forgetting than forgiving, but still no less amazing. Two wins, two draws and the happy clapper brigade are out in force, telling those of a less sunny disposition to lighten up a bit. It’s almost as if the last 18 months never happened. So, in best Rafa Benitez fashion, let’s look at the facts.
It’s been well documented that Venky’s comedy ownership, coupled with Steve Kean’s less than adequate management …

Supporting your football team is like being married. Some days are great, others just average and there’s those that make you want to scream. When it all finally goes pear-shaped you’re left with an empty, couldn’t really care less kind of feeling. Which is where a lot of people are up to with Rovers right now.
I still remember coming back from 2-0 down to win 5-2 at home to Plymouth back in 1974/75 with an unhealthy level of fondness. Howard Kendall leading us to promotion in 1980, David Speedie’s hat-trick …

Two games, four points & Rovers are in the top four already. Who said Kean & Venky’s don’t know what they’re doing? At least 10000 people if last night’s attendance is anything to go by – that’s who.
It’s fair to say a trip to Ipswich & Hull at home aren’t the two most difficult games the Championship can throw up, but win at home & draw away is the yardstick for all promotion winning teams, so that’s a positive if nothing else. Other positives would be still having Robinson in goal, …

Is everyone looking forward to the new Championship season? Thought not. Three months have passed since Rovers’ less than dignified exit from the Premier League & it’s safe to say nothing much has changed.
On the face of it bringing in eight new players so far looks like the club means business, but when you balance these off against player departures and some pretty nifty wage bill juggling, the outlay is minimal at best. Factor in the players who’ve been made available for transfer (Pedersen, Petrovic etc) and Rovers still look they’re trying to turn a profit …

We’ve had the Redknapp tax trial. Then along came Terry v Ferdinand to keep us all amused. Now, in the spirit of the best of the Hollywood movie trilogies, we’ve got a third offering. So, in our best Michael Buffer voice, “Are you ready? For the thousands in attendance and the millions watching around the world, from the High Court, London – ladies and gentlemen, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!”
Fighting out of the red corner we have ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce (hurray!). Weighing in at quite a lot, Allardyce played over 400 games before moving …

Sir Alex Ferguson, Bill Shankly, Sir Matt Busby, Jock Stein, Brian Clough, Sir Alf Ramsey, Bob Paisley and Steve Kean. Can you spot the odd one out? The majority are widely acknowledged as being the greatest British football managers ever, while one could be argued not to be.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines someone who is ‘great’ as having ‘ability, quality, or eminence considerably above average’ – all of which should help towards identifying the interloper on the list. Yet if you take a few recent quotes about this individual you’d be …

So it seems Venky’s and Kean aren’t going anywhere and everyone should just wipe the slate clean and start afresh? OK, in the spirit of fairness, let’s play along.
Danny Murphy is as good a place as any to begin. Having kept a low profile for much of the summer, Kean bounced back with a real gem of an announcement. “It was important we got the first signing of the season right and it’s a massive statement,” he said. “We want the clubs in our division to look at our squad list and and …

Blackburn Rovers haven’t just been relegated from the Premier League. Steve Kean is no longer the manager. Venky’s have sold out to owners who care and who have some idea how to run a football club. See, it was all a figment of our imagination. Oh, wait. It wasn’t.
Anyone thinking it might all just have been a bad dream should take a quick look at the new fixture list. Instead of the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea, it’s Ipswich and Hull for the first two games. Thrilling.
The club is still as …

“I don’t know exactly, still everything is in confusion so I would say in the next month we will have a proper situation to talk about. In the next month let us see what happens. I really don’t know on that issue because we are talking about various things, so many, about the manager, about the players, about staff, about the club. Nothing will be said right away today so I would say kindly bear with us for some time and then the whole picture will be clear. We have …

STEVE Kean. what a brave, brave man. A candidate for manager of the season, according to Paul Wilson of the Guardian in an article pencilled on the 21st March after a 2-0 win over a tired Sunderland side had given Blackburn Rovers a fighting chance of avoiding the perilous trapdoor into the Championship.
Forget the 13 wins, 14 draws and 31 defeats in Kean’s Premier League record, the man is a hero. He has had to put up with some of the worst vitriol ever experienced by a manager. Personal abuse …