We may have stumbled into a brand new year but for Rovers fans there has been no change with the media circus that engulfed Ewood at the back end of 2010. On Monday we had the familiar tale of rumour followed by counter rumour followed by a denial followed by confirmation that the club had contacted AC Milan and tabled a £6.2 million offer for former World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho.
Nothing surprises Rovers fans now. In the past month, the club has been linked with three of the highest profile names to have ever graced this great game. When it was suggested that Maradona would take over the reins from Big Sam, my phone went into overdrive with fellow Rovers fans and friends who have no connection to the club texting their views on the incredible breaking story. Over the Christmas period, Beckham has been linked with the club but this was largely greeted with cynicism from Rovers supporters as yet another PR stunt gone wrong by the owners. When the Ronaldinho story broke on Monday evening, it may have raised the eyebrows of the rest of the football world, but it was probably taken with a pinch of salt by the majority of Rovers supporters.
Indeed local radio on Tuesday morning did not even mention the story and had a piece on Accrington Stanley before Rovers were even mentioned.
I said before Christmas that Venky's should be judged on February 1st about their true intentions for Rovers’ future. What happens in the January window will set the mood and direction for the long term future of the club. If they were to achieve the signing of a huge name who was committed to the cause, the owners would certainly have healed much of the wound which became infected in December.
In 1991 we were flabbergasted when it was revealed that Rovers had made a £2 million offer to Spurs for Gary Lineker. Nobody then could envisage the journey that Jack Walker would take the club on in the years to come. The difference with Jack was that we knew he had the best interests of the club at heart. But could these 'chicken farmers' derided in the press and by supporters alike have the last laugh as history repeats itself? We should know more very soon.