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BY JOHN GUBBA
It just goes to show you should never count your chickens . . . and that is what makes the Premier League the most watched football league in the world.
Blackburn Rovers arrived at Old Trafford rock bottom and with their fickle fans calling for the head of manager Steve Kean.
Manchester United were odds on to celebrate Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday with a win that would take them top at the turn of the year.
But Rovers’ enthralling 3-2 win leaves Manchester City in pole position on goal difference and the Blues now have the opportunity to go six points clear before United play again with games against Sunderland and Liverpool over the next 48 hours.
What makes the Premier League so exciting is its never ending ability to produce surprises – and you can bet there will be a lot more twists and turns before the title race is decided in May.
Football fans can be the most fickle race on earth – but the morons who vilify Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean are not fit to lace their manager’s boots.
It is reassuring to hear the Premier League’s top managers criticise the undignified mob who are bringing shame on the Ewood Park club. And the way Kean has handled himself in the face of unprecedented abuse is quite remarkable.
Rovers are bottom of the League and it has been downhill ever since new Indian-based owners the Venky’s takeover last year when they axed Sam Allardyce and appointed Kean. But there is no excuse for the sheer malice directed at the Glasgwegianwho is winning admiration from real supporters outside Blackburn for the way he hs kept his dignity.
Everton boss David Moyes – the most vocal supporter of Kean after witnessing the abuse first hand during the 2-1 defeat by fellow strugglers Bolton on Tuesday night – spoke for many when he said: “I thought it was disgusting. I couldn’t believe the criticism they gave their manager. Steve Kean stood on the touchline and took it all. He was brave and man enough to do that. I just felt if they had supported their team instead they might have got a result and I left at half-time because I was so disgusted.
Sir Alex Ferguson, ahead of Manchester United’s date with Rovers on New Year’s Eve, also criticised the level of criticsm for Kean when he said: “I have never seen anything as bad as that. l feel for the lad. I tried to phone him, but he probably quite rightly had his phone switched off. For goodness sake, give the lad a break. It doesn’t say a lot for our society.”
It is one of my pet hates: the fickleness of the average football fan – a symptom of the modern game that never ceases to amaze.
Before this afternoon’s match against Arsenal, Blackburn fans were campaigning for the sacking of manager Steve Kean, his team rock-bottom without a win in their opening four games. A couple of hours later Kean is a hero and those same fans are celebrating a remarkable 4-3 win at Ewood Park. Most pleasing for Kean, who has always asked fans to judge him once he has built his own team, was to see his new signing Yakubu score twice and be named man of the match.
With Kean out of the firing line for the time being at least, the spotlight is back on Arsene Wenger, who was predicting his side can still challenge on all fronts before kick-off. On the back of that 8-2 thrashing in their previous away match in the Premier League, the knives are out for Arsenal’s greatest ever manager. Why do we have to be constantly demanding football managers are sacked when they lose a couple of matches.
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