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2010/11 Review of the Season: Blackburn

June 2, 2011

Blackburn Rovers fans were left with a rather horrible taste in their mouth after Venky’s Chicken arrived and brought a wave of chaos across their club. Sam Allardyce wasn’t setting the world alight with expansive or exciting football but he was doing a functional job at getting results and keeping Blackburn safe in the Premier League. He was booted out for not sharing the new owner’s apparent hopes for the future and replaced by Steve Kean, whose agent happened to be the man who orchestrated the Venky’s takeover.

Kean’s appointment upset a lot of football watchers but he did start his tenure with a quick run of good results. That seemed to appease a lot of those who didn’t Allardyce’s unceremonious departure. Quickly though, the good form disappeared and Blackburn started to stare a relegation dogfight in the face.

As you know, they got out of it. But only on the last day by the skin of their teeth. So close was their call that there were even suggestions Kean could have lost his job before the end of the season. His big challenge will be his first full season in charge, assuming he gets the chance.

Regular Starting Eleven

Game of the season Wolves 2-3 Blackburn Trapped in a crisis that could have ended with Blackburn Rovers dropping into the Championship, the Lancashire club produced their best forty-five minutes of football to make sure of safety. They were anything but nervous as they put three past their relegation rivals in the first half to make sure of their Premier League security.

So much so, they were able to switch off for the second half and allow Mick McCarthy’s side to secure their own safety as well.

Player of the season Christopher Samba The fact that Christopher Samba has ended the season with a string of top European clubs apparently tracking him sums up just how good his season has been, even though all around him there has been chaos. In the third to last game with Blackburn facing West Ham, Samba made a string of important blocks as the Hammers laid siege to the Rovers goal. His incredible one man performance was outstanding and potentially season defining.

Season in a tweet

Biggest disappointment Roque Santa Cruz It is fair to say that Roque Santa Cruz’s first stint with Blackburn Rovers went pretty well. So much so that it earned him a £17.5 million move to Manchester City. After his time at the City of Manchester Stadium went sour, his return could have been glorious. Instead he looked out of shape, off the pace and of no use to his new manager. Luckily it was only a loan deal and he won’t be hanging around.

Changes needed for next season? Since Steve Kean took over as Blackburn chief, he’s been able to say that the squad of players he’s been working with weren’t his. Even though he did have the January window to do some recruitment; the squad remains largely filled with players that were signed by Allardyce. He’ll be keen to bring his own players, convince Samba and Phil Jones to remain with the club in the face of big offers, implement his own style on the football team and really launch an assault on his full season in charge.

Then, if things go wrong, he’ll have to answer any questions placed on him without blaming the previous manager.

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