Newcastle right back Danny Simpson has been giving interviews to the press today, and he relates his time on loan at Blackburn in the 2008-2009 season, which seemed to be going well until a new manager was brought in.
Sam Allardyce – while manager of Newcastle
And that manager was Sam Allardyce, who was appointed in mid-December of 2008, just 11 months after he had been sacked by Newcastle United, where he had lasted only a short 7 months.
This is what Danny said about that time in his career at Rovers:
“That time at Blackburn was probably the hardest period,” “I went there under Paul Ince, got into the side, played 11 games on the bounce, we were doing well and I was doing well. But there was a negative atmosphere around the training ground, there were a few iffy results and Incey got the sack.”
“Sam Allardyce came in and from day one I knew I wasn’t his type of player. It’s fair enough, but at the time I didn’t feel like that. I was playing in the Premier League one week and the next I was sitting in the stand not even making the bench.”
“I thought I was going to kick on there, prove myself, but it went horribly wrong. Knowing that, no matter how hard I trained, I wasn’t going to get a chance, it’s easy to get distracted. It was a sickening feeling. I’d never felt rejected like that before. I wanted to go back to Man U. I was miserable.”
“When I got back, I felt I’d been written off. When people looked at me, managers, players, they saw a Championship player. I’d done it in that league at Sunderland and so on, but I’d failed in the Premier League. That was the perception of me. There was a huge question mark and it was hard to get anyone to give me a chance.”
As it turns out, Sam’s first game was a 3-0 win against Stoke City and he went unbeaten in the first 9 games of his tenure at Blackburn, and certainly saved them from relegation that season.
In mid November of last year, an Indian company Venkateshwara Hatcheries Group, acquired the club for around £23M, and as we all now know, Sam was surprisingly, and rather ruthlessly sacked by the new owners of Blackburn last December, after almost exactly two years at the club.
The reasons for Sam’s sacking were never too clear, but they mentioned about wanting attractive winning football, or some stuff like that, but the 7-1 thrashing at Old Trafford on 27th November couldn’t have helped Sam much.
And since that time Blackburn have not done too well under inexperienced new manager Steve Kean, and are currently in 15th place in the Premier League, on 35 points, just 3 points above the drop zone.
In fact in their 15 league games since Sam was sacked, Blackburn have gained only 14 points, and have only 3 wins, and their last win was 9 games ago.
It seems the new Indian owners are trying to prove they have no idea how to run a football club.
That sounds familiar somehow. 😀