I hate to say it but there is part of me that will be glad if the owners of Blackburn Rovers get exactly what they deserve today.
But I cannot face that scenario because of what it would do to the loyal fans of that club.
Blackburn could be relegated to the third tier of English football because the Venky’s have totally and utterly mis-managed this club and allowed it to slowly rot.
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From the moment they took over in November 2010 it has been little short of a disaster on and off the pitch.
One that has left a loyal band of fans disenfranchised from what was once a family club.
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A club that was allowed to dream in the 1990s and those dreams came true.
Under the late, great Jack Walker’s stewardship and Kenny Dalglish’s management, Rovers came up out of the second tier and took on the big boys.
I went there from Southampton because of the ambition that Jack had, the dream he sold to me, and it was realised.
We came along and took on the big boys, took on Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United and beat them all to win that 1995 Premier League title.
I remember every moment of it right up to that stressful final day when we lost to Liverpool yet still lifted the trophy at Anfield after learning United could only draw with West Ham at Upton Park.
Jack loved that club and will be turning in his grave at what it has become now.
In the seven years that Venky’s have been in charge, Blackburn have had EIGHT managers.
They made a foolish mistake in sacking Sam Allardyce shortly after they took over and have bungled along, changing bosses at a regular rate ever since. Given their lack of investment in the team, few had a chance.
In the Venky’s time, rather than invest in the team, they have let £50million of talent go.
Yet the club is now over £100m in debt, attendances at Ewood Park have plummeted and the owners show their disdain by not even turning up themselves.
Now we have come to this, a final game of the season away to Brentford in which to try to maintain their status as a Championship club.
It did not even look like it would get this far but two wins and two draws in the last four games have at least given them a chance.
Still they are in the bottom three on goal difference from Nottingham Forest with Birmingham two points further ahead of them.
Two more great clubs who have hit rough times.
Much was said in the last round of games when Huddersfield played a weakened team which helped Birmingham to three precious points.
I actually don’t have any problem with that.
It has been a long season and it is up to Huddersfield boss David Wagner to do what he thinks is right for his club, nobody else. With a top-six place for the Terriers already guaranteed, it makes perfect sense to rest his players after a long season ahead of the play-offs.
I would certainly have done the same thing.
Rovers cannot start pointing the finger elsewhere — they have got themselves into this position.
Likewise I would not blame Jose Mourinho one bit for playing a weakened team at Arsenal today if he believes the Europa League is Manchester United’s best route into next season’s Champions League.
I wish Rovers well today because, while I want Venky’s to realise the devastating result of their appalling ownership of the club, it is the fans and staff that really suffer.
They simply do not deserve this.
Yet even if Rovers were to stay up there will be no real escape from the predicament the club is in until Venky’s change course or hand the club over to somebody who cares about it.
Somebody who cares about it in the same way Jack Walker did.
I could never have believed that 22 years on from our title glory, the dream could end in this nightmare.