In 1978 the great Elvis Costello said he didn't want to go to Chelsea and that was the case for many Rovers fans last weekend who decided that Â£50 was too excessive to follow their team to the capital. Indeed it wasn't just the travelling blue and white army who decided not to show up on Saturday. This was frustrating as Chelsea appeared to be a shadow of the team who had won the double a few months earlier.
It was a case of spot the difference between Steve Kean's Rovers and that of the old regime. The positive and free flowing football of the Liverpool game was replaced with a nervous and negative approach that a stronger and more confident Chelsea would have exploited to the max.
Jermaine Jones has joined Rovers this week from Schalke on a 6 month loan and immediately had Rovers fans searching Wikipedia for info about him. While the club has again been linked with Argentinians in the shape of veteran playmaker Juan Riquelime and Mauro Formica. The latter is believed to be on his way to Ewood in a Â£3 million deal from (Mike) Newell's Old Boys of Argentina. The midfielder is known for his adventurous attacking play and may support Venky's promise to play exciting football.
There will still be rampant speculation regarding the managers job at Ewood every time their are setbacks but at least with Steve Kean signing a 2 and half year contract, the supporters doubts that stability was something from a bygone era may not be realised.The next two weeks will be frantic with incomings and outgoings aplenty but after the storm, a calm and reflective period must prevail to see the club safely through a division which is more unpredictable than than the owners themselves.
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