It is a month since Steve Kean left Ewood Park, but it has now been the return to grace many Blackburn fans where hoping for
A month has now passed at Ewood Park since Steve Kean decided to call it a day – whether he was jumped or pushed still remains unknown.
It was expected that the departure of Kean would result in a mass pilgrimage back to Ewood Park to once again get behind the team. The first game, Wolves at home was witnessed by 17,034, which marked a significant increase on the 13,405 who witnessed the defeat by Middlesbrough two weeks earlier, but the outcome was the same – a defeat.
Since his decision to leave the club, Blackburn have played 4 games and picked up only 2 points, dropping 10. Looking at the team that start the season and went unbeaten, Blackburn are lucky to be only 2 points off the play-offs, and 5 points off automatic – but arguably all the games were winnable: an away trip to newly promoted Charlton, a mid-week trip to Nottingham Forrest, a home game to relegated Wolves, and an away game at struggling Derby – at least a minimum of 8 points would be what the fans would have been expecting. During this time, we have had an international break meaning now games were played for nearly two weeks, surely when looking to appoint a new manager this is the time – no players in the club, relatively little interference, and the majority of the press focussing attentions elsewhere – but not at Blackburn Rovers.
Thirty days have now passed since Kean’s resignation, that is a full month, and we are no closer to knowing who the next manager will be – and with neighbours Bolton and Burnley also looking for a new manager, the selection and appointment is arguably even more difficult. The only difference being that since parting with their managers, Bolton and Burnley have both picked up more points.
Who is having the last laugh? Had Kean been sacked, instead of resigning, it would have shown that the club had had enough of the poor football, the poor tactics, the poor signings and the ridiculous alleged (and confirmed) lies which Kean spouted – but he wasn’t sacked, he left of his own accord, and by taking this decision, had one last dig at the club, leaving it further in the mire.
Given that Kean had recently been to India and had been told his job was safe, and given that the Board knew nothing of his resignation or his intention to resign, it must have come as a shot out of the dark. For instance, why would a manager who had overseen a relegation, been accused of lies, fought a libel court case, caused a massive fan protest and drop in season ticket sales, take a home defeat against Middlesbrough as the sign to jump ship? The sucker-punch is that the club were definitely not expecting Kean’s decision and so had no plan in place, as usually happens when a manager leaves (for example, when Ince was sacked it was only a matter of days before Allardyce was brought in – it was nowhere near 30 days).
Secondly, look at the signings Kean brought in the summer, a wave of Portuguese players, many of them under 25 who probably don’t speak English – not a problem when Kean was at the helm, he had lived half his life out there and was a fluent speaker. I very much doubt that Eric Black can speak the lingo or Singh for that matter – which creates a language barrier which the players will likely have to solve themselves. Possibly the biggest impact of this will be seen through Fabio Nunes who has looked very good since his arrival, but rumour has it can’t speak English, meaning his impact and contribution to the team may be lost or misdirected some what.
Kean has now left Blackburn Rovers and the club and fans feel vindicated in their protests and actions, but given the situation the club is currently in, Kean may definitely be having the last laugh.
Time to Burnley away = 42 days = not very long!