The decision to attempt to drown out the fans' concerns in the aftermath of the Spurs defeat by playing some 'white noise' Rihanna track over the Ewood PA system is indicative of the contempt shown by the powers that be for the Rovers' supporters. I don't believe the blame can be placed at the door of Radio Rovers Gerald Jackson but whoever believed it to be in the best interests of club, scored a massive own goal.
Roverâ€™s supporters were magnificent throughout the afternoon and got behind a side which was low on confidence but 'spurred' them on to produce their best display of the season. Many of the protesters were the very same people who gave such tremendous, positive vocal backing throughout the 90 minutes. It was only on the final whistle that these fans reserved the right to let their feelings be heard about the bigger picture at the club.
It is very easy for Harry Redknapp to offer his assessment on Rovers and Steve Kean based on one game but we all know that scratching beneath the surface will show a more true reflection of what is taking place. Kean has again alluded to the great support given to the team at QPR. I was there and the fans were terrific, but were not necessarily supporting the manager or indeed some of the players. They were supporting the institution which has been around since 1875.
The Rumour Mill has again been grinding out story and counter story in the last 48 hours with the barometer swinging from tales of Steve Kean about to be offered a new contract, to that of him going to India to head up the academy over there. There were also rumours circulating that Avram Grant was going to be appointed Director of Football and that Kevin Keegan and Derek Fazakerley were about to take over the reins.
I have passed caring as to follow up some of the more outlandish stories but there has to be some stability soon. I have said many times that I don't blame Steve Kean for taking the job when it was offered to him, anyone would have done the same. In effect he is just the puppet of the owners. I also wince somewhat when the chanting becomes personal and vindictive and moves away from the real reason why the supporters want a chance of direction.
But unfortunately for Steve, he is no Fergie. He has alluded to the United boss' early years at Old Trafford and how sections of the supporters were in open rebellion and wanted his head. Many United supporters and pundits believed that he was one game away from the sack when he took his team to the City Ground in January 1990 for a third round FA Cup tie. Late in the game, up popped little known Mark Robins and the rest is history. The difference between Fergie and Kean is that the former already had a proven track record in Scotland, winning loads of silverware including a European trophy and had broken the Auld Firm stranglehold.
It appears that Kean needs much more than a Mark Robins moment to help him but a good start would be for someone to pop up with a winner against Newcastle in the Carling Cup at Ewood.