Steve Kean 9th May 2012: "I said a number of weeks ago this is a changing time for the club. We have new owners. I am new into the job, but the club is moving forward and these are exciting times for the club."
And that sums up what we have had to contend with for so long and why this once wonderful football club will spiral further towards oblivion unless sense prevails and the puppet and his masters get out of town. But remember, in Steve's world 18 months is no time at all to be in the job. Bless him, he's probably only just been given his swipecard for the canteen, and it's far too early for him to have been invited into the lottery syndicate. He's got to learn everyone's name first.
On Monday night, the end was largely predictable and the lights went out on our Premier League lives. The fans were magnificent and the chicken had a stormer, but we were never good enough against a Wigan side that thoroughly deserve to stay in the division. They have everything that we used to possess - a well respected manager, a chairman who is football crazy and who has more common sense than Venky‚Äôs will ever know, and integrity. Our regime doesn't know the meaning of the word.
Pathetically, Dave Whelan was our spokesman on Monday night rather than our absent owners, who apparently were in 'mourning' due to relegation. He was more upset at our plight than they will ever care to be.
What has deeply frustrated me over the last 48 hours is the number of inquests that have taken place in the national press. In the deep mid-winter, the fans were crying out for their voice to be heard but a combination of Steve Kean's allies in the media and the Rovers PR machine helped to demonise the supporters. The Paul Hunt leaked letter and his subsequent sacking has confirmed that there is little hope now and that the club is lost as we knew it.
Unfortunately there is still a long way to run in the Venky‚Äôs/Kean saga and relegation is only the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end for them.
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