Written by Oscar Jepson
Mislead and deprived with no end in sight. Life as a Blackburn Rovers fan certainly isn’t a pretty scene at the moment; the owners are in disarray, fans are boycotting and a manager who’s greatest success has come at the feet of their bitter rivals. The once Premier League champions find themselves third from bottom in the English second division with a mere 12 points and a inconsequential cup run the only thing to raise a tedious cheer from the Lancashire folk, so what is next for the once preeminent team of Blackburn Rovers?
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Taxi for Coyle?
With 6 permanent managers having taken over the reigns as Blackburn manager since the relegation to the Premier League, it proves change isn’t always the best option for the struggling east Lancashire side. However, it somewhat seems the only option for Rovers as they cautiously look above them for an escape route from the bottom 3. Coyle was never going to be a popular choice, especially after his horrific form as manager during his previous jobs, and with a lack of tactics and a hefty amount of loan players, his side don’t look in the greatest shape. In fairness to Coyle, his recruitment’s – considering the circumstances – have been second to none. Danny Graham, Anthony Stokes, Liam Feeney, Derrick Williams, Gordon Greer, Charlie Mulgrew and Champions league winner Wes Brown are the ones amongst the permanent recruitment’s he has brought to the club in the summer transfer window. With 3 of the 6 having played in the Premier league, 2 having played in the Champions league and all bar one having played in the Championship before hand, these signings looked to show a sign of real intent, increasingly so with the circumstances Coyle found himself in.
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What are they lacking?
In contrast to last season, Rovers aren’t lacking goals with 4 strikers having already broken their ducks in the league, but they are lacking the desire and leadership amongst the team. You look at other teams in the Championship and they all have leaders, that is where Blackburn fall. Greer stands with a shout, Lowe puts his name forward and Conway shows the desire but no one does it week in, week out and that’s a problem Blackburn Rovers need to sort, fast. A Joey Barton, an Andy Morrison, the likes of David Dunn, it’s that type of passion and desire that the blue and white side lack. Give the home-grown lads a chance? Why not? Scott Wharton or Connor Mahoney? Life long Rovers’ fans, excelled in the high standard academy, have never fallen at the chance of playing in the first team. It just falls down to the fact that Coyle has the bottle to drop the main players and play such a positive wildcard.
A plan B. Owen Coyle’s side have no plan B. Liam Feeney is regularly brought on during the later stages, he brings nothing, the fans abhor him, it dampens the toxic mood to an extent that it is almost unbearable. The long ball is an inconsistent escape route yet our passing is pleasurable once in full flow.
Blackburn fans, has Coyle got to go? Let us know in the comments below!
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