On the 11th March 2013 I posted an article which caused shock waves throughout Ewood.
Concerning Venky’s takeover and the part played in Rovers transfer policy and running of the club by one of the country’s leading football agents Jerome Anderson.
Through his agency Kentaro SEM, of whom soccer pundit Charlie Nicholas is a consultant.
In March 2011 the then Home Secretary RT. HON. Jack Straw, MP for Blackburn announced he was launching a Parliamentary debate with regard to what he considered to be the unlawful running of Blackburn Rovers by a licensed football agent.
Allegedly namely Jerome Anderson. Plus other aspects of the Venky takeover.
The then sports minister Hugh Robertson also wrote to the Premier League, F.A. and Rovers matriarch Anuradha Desai. No satisfactory answers were forth coming.
So where does that leave Straws Enquiry ?
All has gone silent.
Andersons reply to all enquiries is to refer the matter to his lawyers.
23 months on Straw is still awaiting his reply. Straw is understood to find the ruling bodies failure to respond ‘baffling and unsatisfactory’. Straw (pic above) has requested an adjournment debate so he can raise the issue in the House Of Commons as a matter of wider public interest.
When the new season fixtures were published on 19th June 2014. I read and listened to all the Sports journalists / pundits’ predictions for promotion from the Championship to the Premiership.
Rovers did not receive one mention.
‘ The experts’ favourites are – CARDIFF – FULHAM – NORWICH. Understandably the 3 relegated teams with their record £93 Million parachute payments from the Prem. (how Venky’s missed the boat by sacking Allardyce).
Other strongly fancied teams are DERBY – WIGAN – and surprisingly - WOLVES.
Not a mention of Blackburn Rovers. I think the ‘experts’ have under estimated Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) side. And dismissing Rovers end of season run of 12 unbeaten games and still counting.
I would be very surprised if Rovers are not contenders this season.
Bowyer knows that in this, his second full season in charge, he has to produce.
Keeping Jordan Rhodes is of course vital. But I wonder if his new lucrative 5 year contract is just lining him up for a massive move. If Rovers receive that £14 Million bid they require for Rhodes, I will drive him there myself !
Former Rovers defender Phil Jones (pic above) has received some un-merciless criticism from the English media following a disappointing season with Manchester United and England. But Jones was not alone in underperforming for Man United under David Moyes.
His performances for England have also come under severe scrutiny. In particular from Roy Keane and the Daily Mirror’s Oliver Holt. Both of whom have savaged him.
Having seen Jones perform for the Rovers, I always thought he was destined for the very top. Not that he has done badly, with 10 England caps under his belt. And a Premiership winners medal.
Under new Man United manager Louis Van Gaal I expect in 12 months’ time Jones will be the number one defender in England.
Speaking of Van Gaal and Man Utd a bet at the odds of 15 / 2 being offered for United to win the Premiership might be worth a flutter.
Blackburn Rovers received National Radio coverage on TALKSPORT on Tuesday 15th July.
Unfortunately it was not for the best of reasons. Rovers were held to ridicule for their new promotion video (pic above) featuring the newly launched 2014 – 2015 shirt.
Listeners to TALKSPORT were urged to log onto the TALKSPORT website and view the video.
Having done so I can’t decide whether it is the worst promotion video I have ever seen or a stroke of marketing genius !
To have the video discussed on National Radio, in the National Press and shown on YouTube is pure genius in my view.
What do you think ?
The distinctive tones of Barry White have been removed and replaced with an alternative sound track on YouTube.
Does not have the same effect.
Since this article was posted Venky's have pulled the video from all websites including YouTube who had 200,000 hits. I find their decision a pity. However Mirror Sport are still running the video.
A World Cup In Brazil is not just any World Cup.
A famous ex-footballer now turned football pundit. Was asked why this World Cup was more impressive than any in previous memory.
“ you simply cannot roll up to a tournament in the land of the beautiful game and play like a Sam Allardyce team”. Was his blunt and to the point answer.
Poor Sam. He gets it from every angle.
One thing is for sure as ‘Big Sam’ goes into the last year of a 4 year contract at West Ham. He will not be going into a 5th year that is for certain. No matter how impressive West Ham are this season.
After 4 years it will be mission accomplished for Big Sam. He will have fulfilled the remit given him. Not that some West Ham fans appreciate his efforts.
Despite all the talk from the owners insisting on more attractive attacking football, the real truth of the matter is they want the ex-Blackburn boss to deliver Premiership football for next season 2015 /16. When they move into their new home at the Olympic Stadium Stratford.
Nothing more, nothing less. Despite what the West ham fans have been promised. “just keep us in the Prem Sam” is their specific instruction.
If Sam is in the bottom three at Christmas he will be sacked.
Sam has made himself a very rich man through being sacked. A reported £4.5 million pay-off from Newcastle when they were in mid-table. A reported £3.4 million from Blackburn Rovers when they were also in mid-table. Both clubs consequently eventually got relegated. West Ham are not taking that chance.
Good sensible owners in my opinion. Anuradha Desai could well take a tip or two from them on how to run a football club.
Once Sam’s West Ham stint is done expect him to turn up somewhere in the world as an International Manager. That is what Sam fancies doing next. Instead of the daily grind of the Premiership. As Sam goes into his sixties, the International stage appeals.
Then probably a team will roll up one day to the greatest tournament on earth and PLAY LIKE A SAM ALLARDYCE TEAM !
At least you could count on them qualifying from the group stage ! probably !
Since this article was posted Sam has been busy in the transfer market with some success. Maybe, just maybe West Ham fans will have to put up with the former Blackburn boss for a fifth term. Big question of the day is where is Andy Caroll ?