Blackburn Rovers have been relegated from the Premier League for the first time in eleven years, courtesy of Wigan’s Antolin Alcaraz, who scored the only goal in the Rovers’ clash with the Latics, on Monday.
Rovers went into yesterday’s encounter second-bottom in the league, and needing a win to prolong their relegation agony for another week. However, the beleaguered side were sorely outplayed in the Lancashire rain.
Wigan are now safe from the drop, having masterminded a late charge up the Premier League table, racking up six wins in eight outings. Wolves, bottom, have already been relegated; the fate of QPR and Bolton remains undecided. Voice your opinion on the remaining games of the season; have a bet on football at Bet Victor.
Rovers’ relegation caps a miserable season for the 1994/5 title winners. Blackburn’s fans have been at odds with Steve Kean and Venky’s, the club’s manager and owners, respectively, for much of the current campaign.
Few supporters are likely to exonerate the two parties from blame, as the Riversiders prepare to make their debut in the Championship. Worryingly, for fans, at least, it appears that the reign of Kean and the Indian poultry giant is likely to continue for another season.
Kean has refused to step down, despite renewed calls for his head; most notably, throughout the Rovers’ match with Wigan. A flag-wearing chicken that was released onto the pitch at Ewood Park is believed to have been a protest against Venky’s.
The Mirror newspaper summed up popular opinion of Rovers’ fate, by writing: “[Venky’s] ended up turning a stable mid-table club into a laughing stock” – chiefly, by sacking Sam Allardyce, for nebulous reasons, and then allowing star players, such as Phil Jones and Chris Samba, to leave.
Blackburn now face the prospect of losing their linchpins – Junior Hoilett, Paul Robinson, Gael Givett – to Premier League contracts. Get great odds on football with www.betvictor.com.