August 29, 2011
Some people seem to be blessed with good fortune without having to work particularly hard for it, however there are others who repeatedly fail despite their efforts and talents. I don't think there would be many Rovers fans who would place Steve Kean in that second category but you couldn't help but feel a little bit of sympathy for the man on Saturday.
Having seen Rovers dismantle a frighteningly dire Everton side without reward, there was a consensus among the folk leaving Ewood that Kean, far from being the greatest manager in the world is also unlucky. Not a great combination. The reality is that despite dominating the 2nd half and having enough chances to win three games let alone one, Rovers find themselves pointless and supporters becoming increasingly vocal in their opposition towards Kean and his employers.
August 23, 2011
Admittedly, I was not present at Villa Park on Saturday. In the rare event of not being able to make a game I always feel a sense of guilt or indeed what I might be missing out on. As it turned out, a weekend at the 80's Rewind Festival at Henley with the wife and friends turned out to be a much better option and far more entertaining than the apparent feast or lack of it served up in the Midlands.
One of the many bands on show were Go West who did a rendition of their 1989 hit 'King of Wishful Thinking'. This could be attributed to Steve Kean who described that Rovers produced a 'good performance'. 80's keyboard king, Howard Jones probably summed things up best when he sang 'Things can only get better' (not the insipid D:Ream Labour Party anthem). Whatever way we look at it, these are awfully challenging times for all Rovers supporters.
August 16, 2011
Generally there is always a buzz of excitement, expectation and nervous optimism in the hostelry I frequent before the opening game of the season. It is a chance to compare holiday tales and tans with reputations being put on the line as predictions are made for the nine months which lie ahead. Saturday however was different. The general apathy that had afflicted the supporters from Christmas onwards had not evaporated and the hardy folks who for years have followed the club through thin, thick and thin had real fears for the Rovers.
This is hardly surprising given the shambolic summer the supporters have had to endure. The same old false promises that have come to characterise the Venky's regime were polluting the summer air and this was supplemented by the loss of our prime asset in Phil Jones and ten other squad members. To fill the gaps, only three new signings have been made and those with only limited numeracy skills will see that there is some shortfall. The consensus in the pub was the new season had come around too quickly and most of us would rather have been back on the beach.