Well looks like Venky’s have done a great job since they have come in. They have managed to sack the best manager they could probably get at the moment, lose the trust of the fans, alienate the boardroom and worst of all, upset the playing staff.
It all gets a bit serious though when your behaviour could lead to losing one of your biggest assets.
Blackburn look set to lose Chris Samba, their star centre-back following a scathing attack in The Sun regarding Rovers’ new owners. Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are all said to be interested and are lining up January bids for the highly rated Congolese stopper.
‘If this is the way the club’s going to be run from now on, I don’t want to be part of it and I want to leave,’ Samba told the Sun.
‘As captain it’s very difficult to say this but I’ve thought long and hard about it. Nobody in football understands the decision to sack Sam.
‘We could have been relegated last year and Sam saved the club, so how can he be treated like this now?’
Blackburn value Samba at a minimum of £8million, not a bad profit from the £450k paid for the 26-year-old in January 2007.
Despite suggestions from Wenger this week that Arsenal would not make any big transfers in January, recent comments suggest he may still look to add to his squad. Samba would be a shrewd investment for Wenger, he’s a big, strong centre back with loads of ability. He can also score goals and, as Big Sam proved, he can also play as a makeshift striker.
Though, he may have stiff competition from local rivals, Spurs. There have been strong rumours circulating that Rovers rejected a bid from Redknapp in the summer, but given Samba’s recent outburst, ‘Arry may consider having another punt on the Blackburn man.
Liverpool are also said to be in the market for defenders come January. Samba’s strength and support on set plays would suit the Reds, who have struggled all season. Merseyside may be the most desirable option for Samba too, given it’s locale, though the offer of Champions League football may be too much to turn down.
Rovers fans will be very disappointed to hear the news that Samba may be out of the door. He was been one of the most consistent Premier League performers in the last three years and was rewarded for his efforts by Big Sam this season when he was awarded the Blackburn captaincy. Looks like Blackburn will not only be looking for a new gaffer, but a captain as well; not the best omen as you look forward to January football.
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