COMMENT: Rovers MUST get this decision right
THE first question any manager will ask Venky’s with regards the Ewood Park hot seat is surely ‘will I be allowed to manage things my way?’.
Rumours of interference on signings and team selection over the past couple of years will hardly fill any potential applicants with confidence.
They shouldn’t either. Shebby Singh – who it appears has been given the ultimate responsibility of finding a new boss for the owners – has got a massive decision to make in the next couple of weeks.
I don’t think it is over-exaggerating by saying it is probably the biggest decision facing the club since the Jack Walker era began, maybe even before that.
Once Singh has made that though, it is imperative he allows the chosen one to be his own man, with regards all the on-field aspects. Anything else simply won’t work.
That is why it is so important they know exactly who they are employing. There is no point in appointing a manager who conflicts with Venky’s own ideas as it will only end in disaster.
There is also no point in appointing a manager who is going to get upset by Singh’s own blunt statements as, by his own admission, he will continue to be the club’s biggest critic if things are going wrong.
A managerial shortlist will be finalised today and we can only hope the right people have been spoken to and the right people listened to.
I genuinely believe the club has been landed in the mess it is in because the owners listened to some shocking advice and knew no better other than to believe it.
They bought the club without any knowledge of football so it stands to reason they would have no clue about what decisions to make to help Rovers move forward.
The advice they received that Sam Allardyce should get the boot was mad, the advice to appoint Steve Kean was even madder.
The likes of John Williams tried to tell them that at the time but were simply ignored into submission. Now, they have to have learned from their mistakes. Listen to the wrong advice again and we may as well all give up.
At the end of the day though, the final decision is down to them and them alone.
The past two years has been Venky’s fault because THEY made the wrong decision.
Now is the time to get it right. Now is the time to talk to ‘football people’. The likes of Derek Shaw and Paul Agnew, who have worked in the English game for years, need to have their input and need to be doing all they can – with Singh – to steer the inexperienced owners in the right direction.
But don’t be surprised to see them take their time over this because the future of the club depends on them getting it right. A scary sentence if you consider their past mistakes.