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Agent Kean: Mission Accomplished!

Blackburn Rovers are relegated and their 11 year tenure in the top flight is finally over after losing 1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic tonight. Antolin Alcaraz headed the Latics to victory from a corner in the 87th minute ensuring their survival in the Premier League for another season.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean came under significant pressure throughout the game with the home crowd on his back all night.'Kean Out' banners were splattered all round Ewood with similar chants echoing round the ground. At times it was pure farce especially when a chicken draped in a Blackburn flag appeared in the Wigan box five minutes into the game and had to be caught by Latics goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi

There was also the case of the confused and frustrated Rovers fans who charged onto the pitch at the start of the second half chucking his season ticket into the dugout in disgust! Trouble was it was the wrong dugout!

It was also absolute mayhem after the final whistle with objects being thrown and the crowd swarming onto the pitch to protest . 'We want Venkys out' was the chant!

Burnley though can now look forward to playing their deadly enemy in the Championship next season on a level playing field and all Clarets fans will be raising a glass to Agent Kean tonight for a job well done! Full marks too to the organisers of the plane that flew over Ewood before kick-off carrying a message reading "In Venky's We Trust - Burnley"

So then Owen Coyle and Bolton next?

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 7 2012

Time: 10:02PM

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I want to gloat but before I do, I am going to say imo Agent Kean has shown how to be dignified. Now bring on the derby next season.....jelly and ice cream time
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07/05/2012 22:09:00

Venkys are a truly awful family though! They were not even at Ewood tonight. By all accounts they were so thick too they thought clubs couldn't be relegated from the Prem when they bought into them! Gawd help us Cluck,cluck..are we all in Eggstacy?
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07/05/2012 22:12:00

Flipping eck is it 11 years...wow where did that go?? I can remember it like yesterday...a few party's in Burnley tonight...Bolton next bring it on :)
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07/05/2012 22:34:00

I'm coming over for that derby at TUrf Moor
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07/05/2012 22:39:00

What a glorious occasion, can't wait for the derbies next season with Noblot next hopefully. What comes around goes around! BRFC Pride of Lahore
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07/05/2012 23:28:00

Hope its Coyles turn next!!
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08/05/2012 00:19:00

On the subject of Noblot. I watched their destruction by Tottenham. The way the back line kept slipping out of sync against the Spurs quick attacks looked oddly familiar. Couldn't put a finger on it but could almost see Bikey, Mears, Carlisle and others making the same mistakes. Odd realy.
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08/05/2012 06:23:00

Had a beer with young Grimsby last night to celebrate. lets hope its a double Celebration with Judas going down with the Chickens.
Grimsby Claret
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08/05/2012 07:53:00

Carlsberg don't do Bank Holiday Mondays BUT IF THEY DID......:)
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08/05/2012 07:54:00

Truth is Coyle has no tactical nous at all. His Plan A was to be creative and gung-ho, scoring more goals than he conceded (he isn't capable of creating a solid back 4). His Plan B? He doesn't do a Plan B. That's why we started to struggle under him in the Premiership and with panache (and cowardice) he baled at the wrong time (for us - or in the bigger picture, was it?). His bluster and strong people skills bought him time last season and he has been thoroughly exposed this season. Just hope that Stoke do the business on him come Saturday. With luck he'll soon end up eking out a living in the lower divisions in Scotland, he'll have had his 15 minutes of fame and we'll see the end of his repetitive sound bites.
Mike Mada
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08/05/2012 08:10:00

Not sure I'd go along with the idea of him having great people skills MM. I suspect that, like his football management skills, his people skills are also all Plan A and no Plan B. Good when it's about all coming together and motivating the way forward. Weak when more complex issues need attention or when tough decisions need to be made. He left a lot of muddles on and off the Turf. For me, the clue lies in his never thus far having stuck at anything for more then 3 years as player or manager. The style seems to be 'go in, stir it up, shove things under the carpet, get out'. Anyway, let's not gloat... yet. Come on you Potters!
Couch Potato
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08/05/2012 08:20:00

The problem I have with Coyle is that Burnley under him played some of the most free-flowing, attractive football I have seen in recent times albeit in the Championship. It had not been bettered previously under Ternent and Cotts and has certainly not since under Laws & Howe Yes,his failings are in defence and a lack of Plan B but the rest was so exciting and his energy and motivation in the dugout seemed to raise everybody's spirits both on and off the pitch. I remain convinced that we would have just survived the drop by winning a couple of extra games at home had he stayed but I agree the long-term prognosis under him in the Prem would have been dodgy! Will Coyle stay if they go down? Some say Bolton can't afford to sack him and the irony is,he is probably more suited to getting a team promoted than keeping one up in the Prem! Interesting times
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08/05/2012 08:33:00

The Venkys have done a proper job of dismantling the club, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them go straight through the trap door from the championship at the end of next season. Agree with tmp's assessment of our football under Coyle, we never had it so good since the seventies , but without grinding the axe yet again, I'll never forgive him for leaving us in the lurch in the middle of our first season back in the top flight for donkey's years. I also think we'd have done enough at home to survive had he stayed. Anyway, I fully expect Stoke to beat them, or at worst draw. Either way, job done and Coyle will reap what he sowed.
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08/05/2012 10:53:00

Talking of the Chicken Farm, you have to wonder what financial implications the relegation is going to have on them. If the agent stays you can see their gate revenue falling big time and consequently sponsorship revenues as well. The mystery is what financial resouces have the venky's really got and how were they fit and proper to run the club in the first place?
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08/05/2012 15:16:00

Think TMP's most recent post sums things up very well. The football we played under OC at Championship was fantastic - perhaps that is his level after all. On the subject of Rovers I'm sure many of us here know quite a few people who support the Blue & Whites....and that will make the subject of their relegation even funnier!!! I must admit that I felt sorry for Steve Kean yesterday. He may or may not be a good manager but to hear that level of personal abuse cannot have been easy for him, his family or his team. I'm not sure it helped the situation but he managed to retain his dignity nonetheless and probably deserves a better club after such a poultry showing.
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08/05/2012 19:37:00

Yes, you have to feel sorry for Kean and certainly getting into the realms of personal attacks and viscious hatred is simply daft. I think this post from a Rovers fan though sums up their frustration-"But seriously, what can we do? Kean gets paid for sending out ridiculous teams and spouting nonsense, we pay to watch and hear it all - then get criticised for not being true supporters! WHAT DO YOU DO??"
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08/05/2012 21:14:00

Almost agree with RT but I would add that the fantastic football we played under OC was going forward, our defence shipped in 60 goals and we managed to score 72. Away from home it was goals against 37 and goals for 30. OC did a great job getting us to the promised land but God he is not.
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09/05/2012 08:02:00

I almost overlooked mentioning the post match interview with Whelan, I thought he was truly inspiring, the way he spoke about his manager was like he treated him as a son. Made me wonder where the owners of the relegated team were....then I remembered...they are of course in India ffs, what a difference.
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09/05/2012 08:25:00

Fair points Vin, though I am an advocate of the 4-3 thriller type game, as long as we get the four. Think you're right about Dave Whelan too - he was very impressive the other night. Perhaps the Raos chickened out of attending....
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09/05/2012 18:43:00

Hmm - Been loooking at the Telegraph site. Venky Rovers finances look sad but Noblots look diabolical. I've heard the stories but a debt of 110 million + a 17 million loss would be outside my original thoughts. They need to win.
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10/05/2012 09:44:00

I'm having a bad day... I've already posted in the forums about waking up sweating in the early hours fearful that Noblot will win on Sunday... Now the BBCwww is reporting that PL CEO Scudamore has denied that Blackburn could slide into financial difficulties in the way that Portsmouth have. He said: "It's difficult for me because I have confidential information about the Portsmouth and Blackburn situations. All I would say to Blackburn fans is that there is very little danger that we can see, from knowing both circumstances, that Blackburn as a club would be threatened."
Couch Potato
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10/05/2012 10:10:00

Blackburn not in the finacial mire?Pity. but we shall see. Bolton in the mean time will fall lik a stone if they are relegated.
Grimsby Claret
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10/05/2012 17:02:00

Thanks for that positive thought, Grimsby. Also, reading just now on BBCwww that the Venky's have said R*vers are not for sale has cheered me up no end.
Couch Potato
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10/05/2012 17:08:00

Could the Venky's are Clarets in disguise?
Grimsby Claret
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11/05/2012 22:15:00

There is a crack up in the ceiling Judasville is leaking- no money coming in the rent collectors knocking trying to get in- what are we living for to see Judas managing in non League Division four. (where ever that is)
Grimsby Claret
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11/05/2012 22:17:00


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