My Two Hundred Dinars: Will the last person to leave Ewood Park please turn off the lights.

Posted on March 19, 2013

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I'm sorry Michael.

I’m sorry Michael.

Just when you think it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it goes ahead and ploughs headlong into the completely idiotic. Today, after a mere 67 days in charge, Michael Appleton was sacked as manager of my beloved Blackburn Rovers. 67 days! That is nothing. After working at the Oak for 67 days, I was pretty shoddy. After working in Ca Va for 67 days, I was still a useless glassy. What is a manager supposed to achieve in 67 days? Well, maybe I’m going a bit too soft, I mean, come on, Henning Berg only got 57 days!

Football has gone insane. In 2010, Blackburn Rovers were a fairly solid mid table Premier League club, a decent squad, a good manager, a consistently optimistic yet realistic fanbase. Here we are 3 years later, and Blackburn are struggling in the lower half of the Championship, have been through 3 bald managers since and have a fanbase that diminishes with every passing disappointment. What is going on? I have no idea. Steve Kean had become untenable once relegation was sealed so tamely. Henning Berg was never given even the slightest chance. Even so, there seemed to be some sort of optimism with Michael Appleton, a feeling that the fans could get behind the side again with a young manager we could build with. Even after the disappointing defeat to Millwall and the last gasp draw against Burnley, this feeling prevailed. I genuinely thought that Appleton was the right guy to have in charge. Yet, today the man is out of a job. The table shows that we are struggling, but if we win our game in hand we can go up to 12th. The nature of the Championship means that a good run of 4 or 5 games and your season has changed. Knee jerk reactions help nobody. Blackburn are in freefall, and I would not be surprised if this time next year we are struggling further.

So what is going to happen? Gary Bowyer is in charge till the end of the season, and there isn’t likely to be anybody willing to take over next season when they have seen how trigger happy Venkys are. Gary Bowyer, good luck. The fans won’t get behind you totally, you’ll never be given genuine backing from the board. A derby against Accrington Stanley is in our future I fear. A once proud club has sunk to the point where being a laughing stock would be an improvement in our fortunes.

Tugay, come save us.

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