Conspiracy theories and Rovers
With Blackburn Rovers’ non-display against Spurs, has anyone considered the possibility that Steve Kean was sending out an obvious two-fingered message that we have all amazingly ignored? Was he stating his intention of going down with the ship in the hope of remuneration for staying as Venky’s fall guy when the club eventually leaves the Premier League? Has he weighed his chances of another managerial post against a golden P45?
With the crazy “spend now, pay later” ethos of football clubs taking ever bigger financial risks to leapfrog each other, we must eventually come to the fine tipping point of stay and fight or cash-in and flight. Bigger clubs with enormous debts such as Rangers, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester United, all with a large fan base, will always have a chance of attracting an oligarch in search of a new toy.
However, Portsmouth and now Blackburn are perhaps being identified and stripped by overseas concerns promising much but offering nothing. Meanwhile, Venky’s have made a combined £30 million by selling Phil Jones and Christopher Samba and will hive off a few more after the drop. Add to this a nice little earner in the shape of a four-year £48 million relegation parachute from the Premier; all that is left to find out is if Tesco is interested in redeveloping the ground as a new shop.
Any other club in Blackburn’s situation would long ago have played the manager-go-round card in an attempt to appease the fans but Venky’s have kept Kean in the job, despite the fans’ obvious disapproval, while sacrificing CEO Paul Hunt. They will state Kean’s generous contract as an incentive for keeping him on but, like all conspiracy theories, it is another piece of the jigsaw that makes for an interesting whole picture. Let’s hope it is wide of the mark.