Paul Wheelock Column: Let past mistakes dictate the future
THERE has been no escaping the mistakes of Blackburn Rovers’ recent past – mistakes that continue to cast a shadow over the club’s immediate and long-term future.
Firstly there was the revelation that the company behind Rovers have lost £27m for the last financial year.
One week later, it remains a staggering amount of money for a club that were just four points away from a disastrous relegation to League One.
Then, on Sunday, there was the re-emergence into public consciousness of Steve Kean – the manager under whom Rovers began their decline from top-10 Premier League club to one currently trying to stabilise and rebuild in the Championship.
If Kean’s appearance on Goals on Sunday wasn’t enough, then followed the speculation that Shebby Singh was on his way back to Rovers – the man who went through three managers, including Kean, in what was arguably the most turbulent season in the club’s proud 138-year history.
Talk of Singh’s return has come as a surprise to senior Rovers officials who are in regular contract with Venky’s matriarch Anuradha Desai.
But given what has happened at the club over the last four years, would anyone be truly surprised if the self-styled global advisor did indeed reappear?
But it would be nothing short of disastrous if he did.
It would destroy any goodwill that the club has clawed back with its long-suffering supporters and potentially disrupt the genuine harmony that there now appears to be at Ewood Park.
Gary Bowyer admitted there was an air of disappointment around Ewood Park after the frustrating 0-0 draw with Huddersfield on Saturday.
It was a justified disappointment.
The Terriers were there for the taking in the first half but Bowyer’s side were unable to press home the advantage they enjoyed in the first half.
But isn’t it a sign of progress that the focus has shifted back on to what is happening on the pitch?
It’s been too long since that last happened. By Venky’s standards, it has been a period of relative calm.
They have appointed a manager who, slowly but surely, is attempting to turn the club’s on-the-field fortunes around – and who they backed in the transfer window by refusing to sell Jordan Rhodes.
Results may not have been sensational but improvement can be seen.
So the return of Singh would represent a step back to a time to which Rovers supporters do not wish to revisit – and to which they have been given painful reminders over these last seven days.
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