19 March 2013

Another Blackburn boss bites the dust

Blackburn Rovers managers have shorter lifespans than this little fella.

If any team in the Football League deserves to be relegated, then that team is Blackburn Rovers.

If you thought Nottingham Forest were cruel for sacking three managers in less than a year, then what does that make Blackburn, who have now got rid of three bosses DURING A SEASON! It's the sort of managerial chopping and changing you would expect in Italy, not the north-west of England!

Steve Kean, Henning Berg and now Michael Appleton have been treated appallingly by Rovers' Indian owners. I am not a Blackburn fan, but I will support any attempt by ANYONE to get Venky's out of Ewood Park as soon as possible.

As things stand, Blackburn are 18th in the Championship and four points above the relegation zone. It would perhaps be poetic justice if their disappointing form continued in their last nine matches of the season and they were relegated to League One. That may sound harsh to Rovers fans, but it might just be the thing that makes Venky's think twice about keeping hold of the club.

This is how Blackburn Rovers became a management swap shop:

28 September: Steve Kean resigns
Seven games into the season, Kean resigns, saying, "For reasons I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret, given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years that I have been forced to resign as manager with immediate effect due to my position as team manager becoming untenable."

Eric Black is in caretaker charge for a month, and does pretty well, taking eight points from five games in October.

31 October: Henning Berg appointed
The Blackburn website says, "Blackburn Rovers are delighted to confirm the appointment of Henning Berg as the club’s new manager. The 43-year-old, who succeeds Steve Kean, returns to Rovers for a third time, having previously enjoyed two successful spells as a player."

Blackburn win just one of their first ten games under Berg's management.

27 December: Henning Berg sacked
Two days after Christmas, Blackburn release this statement: "Blackburn Rovers FC has announced the departure of manager Henning Berg, assistant manager Eric Black, first team coach Iain Brunskill and goalkeeping coach Bobby Mimms with immediate effect. This decision has been taken following a very disappointing sequence of results. The club thanks the four men for their efforts and wishes them every success for the future."

Gary Bowyer takes temporary caretaker charge. After toying with the idea of putting unknown British Asian coach Judan Ali in charge, Rovers appoint Michael Appleton to his third managerial role of the season after spells at Portsmouth and Blackpool.

11 January: Michael Appleton appointed
Blackburn say on their website, "Blackburn Rovers are pleased to announce that Michael Appleton has agreed to become the club’s new manager. The 37-year-old, who succeeds Henning Berg, will be joined at Ewood Park by assistant Ashley Westwood."
Rovers managing director Derek Shaw said, "We are delighted to welcome both Michael and Ashley to the football club. They are both highly regarded within the game and we are confident that they have the drive and ambition to take this club forward. We will do everything in our powers to support them in our quest to make an instant return to the Premier League."

The Ewood Park win four out of 15 games under Appleton and go out of the FA Cup.

19 March: Michael Appleton sacked
67 days after Appleton arrived, this statement was released: "Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling."

Gary Bowyer has been appointed as caretaker manager for the rest of the season, although if we know Venky's too well, the season might actually end like this...

25 March: "Blackburn Rovers are delighted to announce that Paolo Di Canio has been appointed as the club's new manager with immediate effect."
6 April: "Due to disappointing results in recent matches, Blackburn Rovers have today relieved manager Paolo Di Canio of his duties as manager. Danny Murphy has been installed as caretaker manager for the remainder of the season."
14 April: "Blackburn Rovers FC can today confirm that the contract of player-manager Danny Murphy has been terminated by mutual consent."
17 April: "Blackburn Rovers are pleased to confirm the appointment of Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan as first-team manager on a 15-month contract."
29 April: "Shahrukh Khan has departed his position as Blackburn Rovers manager with immediate effect. The decision has been taken as the club is currently three points adrift of safety with one match to go in the 2012/2013 Championship season to go."
2 May: At a Blackburn press conference, MD Derek Shaw says, "Blackburn Rovers are pleased to announce the appointment of our new manager... Terry Venables... has had his contract terminated by mutual consent."
6 May: "In the wake of Blackburn Rovers' relegation to League One, owners Anuradha Desai and Venkatesh Rao have announced that the club has been put up for sale with immediate effect."

For the sake of Jack Walker's legacy, Venky's should get out of Blackburn Rovers NOW.

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