THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

16 December ~ News of Sam Allardyce's sacking generated just about every different emotion in Blackburn supporters from ecstasy to despair. But in my house it's been one big bloody party ever since the news broke. OK, he might have turned around a team seemingly destined for relegation in just a handful of games. Yes, he worked wonders on a minuscule budget to reach a very respectable tenth-place finish and he certainly brought through a crop of talented youngsters. There's also no denying he's had a hand in reconnecting the club to supporters grown cynical from watching overpaid, under-talented millionaires flaunting their supercars around one of the most deprived parts of the country.

So why, you may ask, if all of the above is true (and it is), does this Blackburn fan feel quite so happy about Sam's departure? Well, having to sit through the turgid tripe dished up every other week at Ewood had frankly become too much to bear for me and a good number of season-ticket holders. We were tired of seeing Morten Gamst Pedersen chuck balls into the penalty area, exhausted by Paul Robinson punting every free-kick aimlessly towards the opposition box and a defence exhorted to bypass midfield, lumping it towards an attack unable to utilise agricultural Charles Hughes tactics to any good effect.

I don't agree with the way he's been treated by the club's new owners and, if they really don't have a new manager lined up, it's a move that matches Mike Ashley's latest decision for stupidity. I'm not a fan who desires change for change's sake – I crave long-term stability as the only sensible option and I'm realistic about what can be achieved at Blackburn no matter how much money is filtered from the Indian chicken farming industry. A managerless mid-season freefall could put the very future of the club in jeopardy with relegation the start of terminal decline. But if the media commentators who griped about Allardyce's departure are so convinced he's a great coach I'm sure they'll be happy we've opened the way for him to take over the England job at the earliest opportunity. Bruce Wilkinson

Comments (4)
Comment by Coral 2010-12-16 14:21:45

Got the usual he needs time guff, but intensified this time as it is an English manager being sacked by some foriegners. How dare they sack the England manager in waiting

Comment by sepps bladder 2010-12-16 19:45:10

Would you say management laid an egg on this one?

Comment by shadsworth cloud 2010-12-16 21:47:47

Just be careful what you wish for. As you say, a managerless mid-season free fall could lead to a terminal decline and would soon have you re-assessing the Allardyce area.
I wonder if your gripe against Sam is down to his 8 years at Bolton? If so, i think its time to get real and understand Blackburn Rovers place in the money-strained Premier League. They have to dine on scraps, they cannot accumulate players a la man city, chelsea, man united etc.
They are even light years behind the likes of birmingham city and west ham. look at the gates and the ticket prices. i pay 209 for a season ticket on the half way line. Look at the corporate sponsors - local taxi firms and chinese restaurants - you don't see these advertising at the emirates or eastlands

In these circumstances, Allardyce is just the man for the club and we are 3 days post-allardyce, 2 weeks to the transfer window and so far we are no nearer a replacement than when sam left.

it could be a long hard winter ahead

Comment by JimDavis 2010-12-17 18:43:39

The only reason to play long ball rubbish like that peddled by Big Sam is if it justifies the means. Premier League survival on it's own does not justify such boring tactics, only winning leagues and cups does. Blackburn should have no fear of the Championship with the new owners on board. It is not the end of the world and it does not take that much money to come back up. Lately you have to implode to some degree not to. For clubs like Blackburn, who are not going to win the league, what is the point if it is not entertaining to watch? With the next manager, I doubt you'll get as lucky as say, Bolton or Blackpool, but there are more than a few managers out there playing good entertaining football.

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