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Blackburn Rovers Sack Manager Sam Allardyce: Why Venky's Decision Is Chicken Sh**

 Blackburn Rovers Sack Manager Sam Allardyce: Why Venky's Decision Is Chicken Sh**

Blackburn Rovers have sacked manager Sam Allardyce today with immediate effect.

In a prepared statement by the club, they said that:

“The Venky’s Group, owners of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, has today confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and assistant manager Neil McDonald with immediate effect. First-team coaching duties will be taken on by Steve Kean (currently first-team coach) for the immediate future. We have taken this decision as part of our wider plans and ambitions for the club. We would like to put on record our thanks to Mr. Allardyce for his contribution to Blackburn Rovers Football Club.”

The decision is a poor one by The Venky’s Group. Just over two weeks ago, the Venky’s gave their full support to Allardyce by saying:

“We want results and Sam has taken up the challenge. He deserves a chance,” Venky’s chairman, Anuradha Desai, said. “Most of the time the team has been between eighth and 10th in the rankings. Only once it went out of the league. With the right motivation I feel they can go higher than eighth. Who is to say they cannot do better than that, say fifth or sixth position, why not? To this end the group have promised manager Allardyce funds to spend in the January transfer window. Some money has been put aside in improving the health of the club,”

So much for his chance to pick up some players in the January transfer window. For the Venky’s to pull the plug so soon on Allardyce after not giving him much of a chance is awful. In November and December, Blackburn Rovers has won 57% of its Premier League matches including wins against Newcastle United, Wolves, Wigan and Aston Villa. The Lancashire club lost 2-1 on Sunday in their local derby against Bolton Wanderers.

I’m presuming that the Venky’s already have someone in mind to replace Allardyce. Someone who will either receive a lower salary or has higher aspirations. But for Blackburn, who currently sits in 13th position, the decision by the Venky’s to pull the plug on Allardyce is a strange one indeed given Allardyce’s track record of keeping clubs in the Premier League.

What do you think? How do you explain the decision by The Venky’s? And will anyone of note be interested in taking his slot at Blackburn. Chris Hughton, perhaps? And could Big Sam be heading to West Ham where he could be the only person who could turn around that side and keep them in the Premier League at the end of this season.

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25 Responses to Blackburn Rovers Sack Manager Sam Allardyce: Why Venky's Decision Is Chicken Sh**

  1. Earl Reed says:

    Allardyce only eats red meat.

  2. Moodonthepitch says:

    There is no way for “us” to explain this. Sacking Sam is one thing, the timing is more of the issue for me. It makes no sense to me. With the parity in Premier League this season it’s not the time to do something this risky. Relegation is never out of the realm of possibility for us and this just heightens our chances of going down.

    • The Gaffer says:

      I agree. The timing is awful. Unless they bring in someone who is capable of stepping in and steadying the ship, it looks like Rovers have a good chance of getting relegated. With Big Sam, they would have been safe, I believe.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Lyle says:

        It could very well go bad for Blackburn, but this decision is more defensible than what happened to Chris Hughton. Venky found out Allardyce isn’t going to be their guy, and they made their move… no pussy footing around. This actually shows leadership on their part. Brian Clough, was Brian Clough… but even he wasn’t the chariman, and you have to be part of a team and take orders. And if you disobey, strong management will cut you out pronto.

        New Orleans Saints ownership did this a while back to a beloved General Manager who simply thought he go around the owner to do some reeling and dealing. Big mistake. Saints doing pretty well now these days.

        So possibly a smart, long-term move by Venky.

        • Moodonthepitch says:

          Long term is just that. Long term. Supporters are upset about short term. Short term defines the long term not the other way around.

          This is looks to be about way more than a disagreement with Sam. They came in with a plan, and despite their original statement about taking things slowly, they’re now running about making hasty decisions. That said, I will continue to support my club and wish the best for them at all times. But, I don’t agree w/ the move at this time of the season.

          Re: Randy Mueller’s dismissal by the Saints. Apples and oranges. Tom Benson was a seasoned, yet unsuccessful on the field, owner. Venkys have no experience w/ football and more than likely are being guided by the words of Kentaro/SEM Group. Owners have no business picking players for the team, especially based on consultants already affiliated w/ the club. They set the budget and provide input. They should not be playing “fantasy football” like Daniel Snyder of the Redskins.

          Take care,

          • Lyle says:

            Haha… you knew who I was talking about. Good deal.

            I actually don’t disagree with your first point. I think your spot on about where the average fan is coming from. That’s why I made my point though, that from the owner’s perspective it’s likely best to move on quickly if you realize you’re not going to be able to work with whoever is in charge. Venky’s just took over, they’re sizing up the club, found out Big Sam isn’t their man, and they made their call.

            I have to respect that. The short term fan view is why I abhor the lot of football fans. Constantly on pins and needles, and full of hate and hyperbole. Which is why I find myself defending owners and managers week in and week out. Fans just suck.

            You might be right about Venky’s reliance on this Kentaro group. We’ll just have to wait and see though. The evidence on these people ain’t all in yet.

            There will also be things lost in translation with the Indians. I can already see that being a big problem with the petulant English media and the plethora of English xenophobes.

  3. King Eric says:

    absolute joke. like noted above, awful timing of it all. if they want to bring in someone to implement a different style of football or something, then that has to be done in the summer, not now when things are so tight and his squad is established to play a certain way already. i can see the owners going after the likes of rijkaard or jol, although i doubt they’ll be that interested.

  4. Nikki Sulistio says:

    Perhaps Venky wants Jose Mourinho at Ewood Park eh? Sacking a man tipped for England manager is very shocking indeed given that Sam has proven he can work with small budget and has an eye for talent. Or maybe Venky wants to have the first Asian manager at BPL?

  5. Liam says:

    Disgusting how managers are treated these days. What do Venky’s seriously expect, top 6 finish? Will enjoy it when their decision backfires.

  6. Duck says:

    Fat Sam is off to Real or Inter then, huh? Glad he got out from under Rovers and will be going to a big club like the man deserves.

  7. Dave C says:

    Just look at the photograph – Big Sam’s showing some horrible technique: he’s leaning back, doesn’t have his arms out for balance, and he’s using his toe! Obviously knows nothing about football!

  8. robert says:

    maybe they didn’t like the way he publicly ripped his defense by name after the game because of the holden goal.

    not that i think the wankies know much about football- many coaches have given their players a public kick in the *ss- but maybe their idiocy adds credence to the theory?

  9. Sir Guy says:

    Shocking. Absolutely shocking.

    Owner gives vote of confidence to manager….subsequently fires him. Has this story gone viral, yet?

    In sports, “idiotic owner” is pretty much redundant.

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    Stupid decision by people who no nothing about football. That said, Big Sam will show up at Wigan in a few weeks. Hughton will be at West Ham and Martinez at Blackburn.

  11. dominjon says:

    My guess is they have already had a chat with Martin O’Neill and promised him cash to spend in January.

  12. The Gaffer says:

    New revelations are coming out tonight that Big Sam was sacked because he was furious that The Venky’s wouldn’t give him the necessary transfer funds to sign Robbie Keane in the January transfer window.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • Lyle says:

      I think it’s a fair play to Venky’s. Shows strong leadership on their part. Allardyce or whoever manages them will have to be a team player and be on board with what they want. Otherwise, they’ll kick you down the road, as they should.

  13. Why? says:

    I think one of the signs of a good Manager at a club is how the fans feel about them like Chris Houghton at Newcastle the fans seemed to like him very much where as Blackburn fans don’t seem that arsed at all, many actually seem quite happy about it and are looking forward watching a ball playing team instead of football the Big Sam way, not pretty at all when your paying to watch it.

  14. Sam says:

    Actually the reason Big Sam was fired was because he was at odds with ownership about the funds he would get in the january transfer window. Sam wanted more than he was told he’d get. I suspect the new owners won’t be able to bring in a big-name manager as no one available will come without being given a hefty kitty.

  15. Moodonthepitch says:

    We all know he “was at odds w/ management”, but you tell me a manager who doesn’t want more money to spend. Everyone out there tipping Martin O’Neil to succeed Sam might want to refresh their minds on why Martin is available in the first place. He and Randy Lerner didn’t not agree on??? THE WAY MONEY WAS BEING SPENT!

  16. dlink09 says:

    glad he is gone.. boring football.. hey they bought the club and they can install whoever they want as manager.. stop moaning…

  17. Terence says:

    I’m not a big fan of Sam. He is arrogant and his teams play awful soccer. The owners did the right thing otherwise they would have had to contend with his arrogance for as long as he was the manager.

    Maybe now Blackburn can try to get Roy Hodgson to come back. The majority of Liverpool fans would love that :) .

  18. Zonkey says:

    Venkys must be having some guy in their mind with low salary.
    I 1000% agree with this since its always cheaper lookout Venkys have to go cheap way.

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