Blackburn Rovers fan Q&A: The Venky's have to go!

Blackburn Rovers Sam Gallagher celebrates scoring their second goal with Danny Graham

HITC speaks to Blackburn Rovers fan Martin Reed, who's been a supporter for 24 years.

General view of Ewood ParkGeneral view of Ewood Park

Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?

A: We're struggling, just as I expected us too, but in fairness to the players we're fighting for it this year. Relegation is a serious worry for Blackburn this season but we've got one or two really talented lads in the side and hopefully if Coyle can get everyone playing for him we can stay up. 

Q: What are your opinions on your manager?

A: I like the bloke, he seems like an honest guy and he clearly wants Blackburn to succeed. I find his tactics to be a bit one dimensional at times but he's got a good eye for a player.

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen CoyleBlackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle

Q: What are your views on the board?

A: Awful, the Venky's have to go. They've been bleeding this club dry for years now and have made daft managerial appointments year after year. I genuinely believe that, if they hadn't bought the club, we'd still be stable and in the Premier League, where we belong.

Q: Who is your favourite current player?

A: I'm a big fan of Corry Evans and Danny Graham; especially the latter. His goals are going to be important for us this season!

Danny Graham celebrates after scoring the second goal for BlackburnDanny Graham celebrates after scoring the second goal for Blackburn

Q: Who is your favourite ever player?

A: Morten Gamst Pederson. He's was a blinder for us back in our Premier League days.

Q: What has been your best memory of the club?

A: Tenth-place finish and a League Cup semi-final spot in 2010. That was back in the Allardyce days. It's all gone downhill since then though. 

Former England soccer manager Sam Allardyce leaves his home in BoltonFormer England soccer manager Sam Allardyce

Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?

A: Relegation from the Premier League, and then every season after that has just been more and more disappointing. 

Q: What has been your most shocking moment?

A: This is a tough one to answer, because there's quite a few to choose from. Losing to Wigan in the penultimate game of the 2012 season, which saw us relegated. Awful. 

Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground

A: Any of the many wonder-goals Tugay used to score for us.

Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?

A: Pride Park is always a good away day, and I used to enjoy going to Craven Cottage too. 

General View of Craven CottageGeneral View of Craven Cottage

Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?

A: Has to be Burnley! The East Lancashire Derby used to be my highlight of the year!

Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?

A: Best has to be Danny Graham at the moment, worst has to be Anthony Stokes. I hope he comes good though!

Anthony Stokes of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring their first goalAnthony Stokes of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring

Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?

A: Ben Marshall is probably our most talented player on his day.

Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?

A: Darragh Lenihan is a really exciting young prospect. He's come on leaps and bounds under Coyle.

Cardiff's Frederic Gounongbe and Blackburn's Darragh Lenihan in actionCardiff's Frederic Gounongbe and Blackburn's Darragh Lenihan in action

Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in January?

A: Reinforcements in the middle of the park and maybe a new striker if Stokes doesn't start scoring.

Q: Finally, what are your aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?

A: As sad as it sounds, I just want Rovers to stay up this season.

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