Blackburn Rovers, only 23 years ago were en route to a Premier League title win. Now, they find themselves in the hunt for another trophy. Only this time, it is for winning the English 3rd division, League One.
Blackburn have gone through some turmoil in recent years. Since 2010 when the Venky group took the club over, they have been dragged through the dirt.
Despite consistently backing themselves as the right owners for the club, the Venky’s have let down the tradition of Blackburn Rovers, they have let down the fans of Blackburn Rovers.
Once a proud Premier League team, and recently with the likes of Santa Cruz, Gamst Pedersen & Christopher Samba were challenging the top end of the football pyramid. They now find themselves dwindling in the lower divisions.
Dropping from the Premier League can be fatal to any club, even those who have riches to spare. Blackburn, seemingly, did not have money to spare. The Venky family arrived making the promise of signing world superstars such as Ronaldinho & David Beckham. Fans of the club were never truly expecting players of that exact calibre to arrive, but the intent was good. The ambition, was good.
Instead, in the 11/12 season, Blackburn signed Yakubu from Everton & David Goodwillie from Dundee United. Not the stellar names expected but signings nevertheless. Ultimately, Blackburn were relegated and from there forth the rot began.
But the Lancashire club have a steady base now, with Tony Mowbray in charge and the likes of Charlie Mulgrew, Danny Graham and Bradley Dack forming a fantastic spine to the team. They have set themselves up to be in a fantastic position for promotion.
Players such as Mulgrew & Dack should be capable of the step up to the Championship, giving Rovers a good chance of surviving if promotion is obtained.
The fans battle against the owners continues, the club needs to get rid of those in charge, to get rid of those who have treated a proud, historic club in such vile fashion
The Venkys are still in charge, but the club has seemingly started the ascent after it’s rapid fall to League One. Battling it out with the likes of Wigan Athletic & Shrewsbury for the automatic promotion spots, Blackburn would see themselves as a favourite amongst the three to achieve this feat.