There are some weeks which you would like to confine to the dustbin of history and Rovers have certainly had one of those. A cup defeat to our nemesis which is Aston Villa FC followed by two League reverses and sandwiched in between came the news we had feared for some time that the magnificent John Williams was leaving the club.
I have waxed lyrical in recent months as to the immense contribution of Williams in shaping the modern Blackburn Rovers we know today. He was the architect in laying the foundations for a stable Premier League club in the post-Walker era and the fans recognised his honesty and integrity and above all, his loyalty to the club and themselves. Transfer funds may have been tight but this did not stop the faithful from chanting his name. John Williams's legacy can be found in the form of cheap tickets and vastly increased attendences. He will be sorely missed as we venture further into the land of the unknown.
The defeat at the DW/JJB/MFI/ELO stadium or whatever it calls itself these days was as dire as it was unexpected. I have applauded Steve Kean's footballing philosophy of trying to play attractively in the cause of gaining results but he was naive yesterday. On a pudding of pitch which was more fitting to the great game of Swamp Football, a more pragmatic approach should have prevailed. The owners may have given Kean the remit of providing entertainment to the masses but there is a time and place. The style of a side has to evolve before it can revolve fully.
These are crazy days in the mad world of the Premier League. Transfer inflation is rocketing at a time when most of us are tightening our belts and it seems as if David can beat Goliath far to regularly. Nothing can be taken for granted and so it is imperative that Rovers are focused and ready to get back to winning ways against Newcastle next Saturday. Samba needs to regain his beat and Santa has to get back on his sleigh!
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