Venkys Limited – the new owners of Blackburn Rovers who controversially sacked manager Sam Allardyce last week – have announced that the club’s first team coach Steve Kean will be in caretaker charge until the seasons end.
The question: WHY?
Surely, rather than putting in charge an unproven manager, it would have been better to stick with ‘Big Sam’, a manager of proven experience, who had done very well at Rovers on a shoestring budget.
Instead, they would appear to have created disillusionment amongst some of the playing staff (defensive rocks Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen have both voiced their displeasure) and gone down what we can call “The Paul Ince Route”.
Remember that, when Rovers hired Ince, a young English manager, taking over from Mark Hughes when he departed for Manchester City, after Hughes had lead the side to a top eight finish.
Within four months, Ince’s Rovers were bottom of the Premier League table, his tactical nous criticised, and Allardyce brought in to steady the ship and steer the club away from relegation.
Now I’m not saying Rovers face relegation this season. But fans of clubs who are down in the bottom half of the table, will be delighted that a club that had appeared extremely stable until the takeover of the “Chicken Men,” all of a sudden appears to have been ruptured from within.