Blackburn Rovers haven't progressed as they would have hoped since they lifted the Premier League in 1995. They haven't come close to competing for it again, and 19 years on their ambitions are to win the Championship.
Rovers had a wonderful side at the time of their greatest triumph, with British players such as Alan Shearer, Tim Sherwood, Colin Hendry and Tim Flowers making up the spine of their team. You are extremely unlikely to see the Premier League champions made up of mainly British players these days. Rovers' success didn't last for long however, their season in the Champions League didn't go to plan, and two relegations have followed since.
They did return to Europe in the form of the UEFA Cup, but that all seems a long way away for them now. Tim Sherwood has since had a taste of management, and he hopes that at the end of the forthcoming season, his former club can celebrate the 20th anniversary since their memorable triumph with promotion back to the top flight.
Speaking to The Lancashire Telegraph. the former Tottenham Hotspur manager said, "It would be fantastic if they could get up to mark the anniversary. But it will be tough because that’s how the Championship is. I’ve been there and it is very tough to get out of."
“There has been so much transition at the club and there are only a couple of people in the background there now since I was there."
Indeed the club has changed a great deal from Sherwood's days, and it is a far cry from the ownership of Jack Walker. The Venky's now own the club, and can be held responsible for the current situation although they have taken a step back in recent years.
Sherwood who scored 32 goals in 300 appearances for the club was part of the side who won promotion from the old Division Two in 1992, and in 2001 Rovers also achieved promotion from the league, then known as Division One.
He believes it is key to have the right blend in the squad of youth and experience and acknowledges Jordan Rhodes's goals will be key. “If you’ve got goalscorers like Blackburn have got, it can make life easier,” said Sherwood.
“But you’ve got to make sure you’re nice and solid too and have the right blend.
“When I was at Portsmouth there was me, Paul Merson, Steve Stone, Hayden Foxe and Gianluca Festa, and we knew we had players on the pitch who could pull us through."