Next season's Championship campaign kicks off a couple of weeks later than usual on August 18th due to the Olympics taking place. If we still have a football club to support by that time, I am looking forward to going to a few new grounds, particularly standing on the terraces at Peterborough whilst old favourites like Barnsley away in mid January is always a pleasure! Whatever happens regarding the future of the manager, the damage has already been done and sticking a plaster over a gaping wound will do little to solve the underlying problem at the club.
There have been many dark days in this calendar year, but the Winter Solstice morning is particularly bleak. The whole of the watching football world will have witnessed the scenes and heard the sounds coming out of Ewood following defeat to Bolton and those unaware of the year long pantomime will have been shocked. The curtain may well come down on Part 1 with the removal of the manager but this only one aspect of the sorry tale.
If Kean does go, Venkys still remain and the fundamental problems which are disabling the club will continue to spread. If they continue to be unable to fulfil their duty to the club and supporters, it is time to put Rovers back on the market and walk away. Whatever happens and whoever comes in they will be aware that the club will have to adjust to life in the lower leagues for the first time in 10 years and try to rebuild.
This is not being pessimistic, it is being realistic. I would be overjoyed to see Mark Hughes return on a short term basis but the task ahead of him and the conditions he would have to contend with would make it virtually impossible for him to succeed in keeping the club up. Therefore I doubt he will accept the challenge. The first stages of the new era could come in the January transfer window with the sale of assets such as Samba, Hoilett and Robinson with younger and cheaper lower league players moving to Ewood in return.
In all but name, Rovers ceased to be a Premier League team at 9.50PM on Tuesday 20th December. Merry Christmas Venkys.