Mother nature might have the final say at the end of a momentus week for all who hold Rovers dear to their hearts. If you believe the forecasters, (which is not always advisable) Rovers much anticipated clash against West Ham may fall victim to the elements. Ewood does have under soil heating but the but travel plans of thousands of fans could be jeopardized signaling an anti-climatic antidote to the circus that is performing around Ewood at present.
The old saying that 'there is no such thing as bad publicity' has certainly been tested this week as Blackburn Rovers have appeared on football pages the world over. One intention of the owners when they bought the club was to turn Rovers into a global brand. Maybe there is method in their madness and they have achieved their first aim this week. Insane speculation about Diego Maradona walking through the gates of Ewood and taking charge will have been reported in all four coners of the world and the name of Blackburn will have been ingrained in the minds of football fans.
Since Sam's departure there has been speculation and counter speculation regading the reasons for the change and who will succeed him. The owners have to learn from their PR own goal this week by not allowing mixed messages to be aired on the scale that they have. The club requires one spokesman or women and whether that is John Williams who for now stays on as Chairman or Mrs Desai, it needs sorting out. Mrs Desai in her interview this week believed Rovers with the current crop of players should have been pushing for 7th place.
Those of us who have witnessed Rovers perform over the past couple of seasons will tell a familiar tale that we have been punching above our weight and we have not got the personnel to take the club to such dizzy heights. It will take far more capital than the Â£5 million promised in January for the Venkys organisation to realise their dreams.
John Williams has called for a united front against West Ham on Saturday and for the fans to get behind Steve Kean and the boys. I am sure that this will be the case and is vital at this time. There has been talk of sporadic protests occurring against the organisation. At this stage I believe it will be self defeating. Despite severe reservations and forboding for the future, I believe the fans should should support the team with gusto tommorrow and save more coordinated peaceful protests for another time, if or when they become necessary. Of course we should be vigilant but we should wait and see what materialises in January. The owners again said we should trust them, only time will tell if they are true to their word.