Appleton's Sacking Finally Made You All Notice Blackburn's Plight
Why couldn’t the footballing community of Britain have cottoned on a little bit sooner?
Did it really have to take one poor Premier League season, a relegation season, a torrid Championship struggle and an assortment of below par managers and bizarre sackings, for all to notice that perhaps things weren’t quite right in Lancashire?
Well, I’m glad that you’re all now on the same page, at last. For years (which seem like decades) Blackburn Rovers have frighteningly been owned by the best travelling circus India have ever had to offer. From sacking Sam Allardyce, to appointing managers on a seemingly monthly basis, they’ve stuck their destructive oar in wherever possible.
Last week, after the sacking of Michael Appleton who wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip in charge of Rovers, I can safely say that I am unfathomably disillusioned with Blackburn and all which goes along with it. Only a week ago, I was jumping around like a rabid lunatic after David Dunn’s injury time equaliser against Burnley, but now I could not feel more void of optimism. Essentially we’re back to square one. For the fourth time.
The injury list which Appleton had to contend with was lengthy, the situation of disarray which he walked into two months ago was a farce, and yet despite having to contend with various non-footballing factors, he was sacked.
Why? A manager is employed to deal with the football team. The players, the game itself. No manager should be asked to do any more than that, yet it appeared that Appleton was having to reshape Blackburn into a club which was a little less nonsensical, on top of his other duties - his proper duties. Of course, his win percentage was laughable and recent performances horrendous, but having to employ a range of new staff and players required time. Something which the Venky’s don’t seem to be prepared to offer anybody at Rovers.
The manager's job is now a poisoned chalice. Everybody can see it, players, other managers - but possibly not our owners. Who else, bar Rafa Benitez, would accept a job which is less structurally sound than a jelly with Andy Reid sat on top of it? All that the vacant position at Rovers now offers, is an opportunity for a young manager, or a new manager who wants to prove their credentials.
Sadly, due to the delusional Shebby Singh, who is probably still leaving calls on Pep Guardiola’s answering machine, I doubt that he could spot a ‘decent’ replacement for Appleton unless they’ve won a Champions League or have played for Malaysia’s national football squad.
Gary Bowyer is back in charge for now, as the Venky’s seem to think that a Rovers side without a manager is the best thing for progression on the field. I wish him the best of luck, and offer him my sympathy, but to say I am close to insanity is an understatement. All I would like, is for my football club to be returned to some capable hands, and preferably not ones which slaughter animals for a living.
What can be changed for the better? Plenty.
Do the Venky’s listen? No.
What does make the fans of Blackburn Rovers? Helpless.
This article originally appeared on simonhfootball's Blog