Blackburn’s life in the Premier League looks to be coming to an end after 11 years in England’s top flight division.
Having been promoted in the 2000/01 season Blackburn have maintained their stay in the league ever since and have enjoyed the highs and lows of Premier League football. From finishing in the top 6 and qualifying for Europe to battling it out at the foot of the table, Blackburn’s fans have seen it all and now it seems they look set to watch their team drop out of the most prestigious league in the world for the first time in over ten years.
With just four games remaining Blackburn find themselves three points adrift of safety and are still to face Tottenham and Chelsea on the road. At Christmas Blackburn looked certain to be playing Championship football next season, but with an upturn in form after the New Year Steve Kean’s men clambered themselves out of the bottom three and looked likely to avoid the drop having gone six points clear of those at the foot of the table. However Blackburn’s form slumped again and with teams around them picking up points the Lancashire side found themselves back in the bottom three.
A run of five consecutive defeats means Blackburn will need at least seven points from a possible 12 if they are to avoid the drop. Crucial home games against Norwich and fellow strugglers Wigan are to come and Steve Kean knows two wins are a must. However even if Rovers do win both of their final home games, they still need to find a point on their travels and with Tottenham and Chelsea the teams to visit, that looks unlikely.
On Monday Wigan displayed the characteristics needed to avoid the drop. They showed passion, fight and desire to overcome Arsenal in their own backyard. Blackburn failed to show any of these characteristics in their last game against Swansea. The team lacked any fight and illustrated the characteristics of a side destined for Championship football. If performances do not improve Blackburn will be going down without a fight, embarrassing a town with Premier League history!
Norwich travel to Ewood Park on Saturday and defeat for Steve Kean would surely spell the end of Blackburn in the Premier League and quite possibly Steve Kean’s managerial career, having said that it would not surprise me if the Scot is still at the helm come next season. In Venkys we trust…