And the results seem…interesting. Jason Lowe has left after 7 years of service and freed up the biggest wage bill in the club, he was also joined by Henley, Greer, Guthrie, Akpan and a few other academy lads. Mahoney has been offered a new contract which to the time of writing this has not been publicly accepted yet however it’s good to see intent from the club to keep our better young players. We have signed some 16 year old lad from Motherwell to the youth academy which is good I suppose? Hopefully we’ll see him in the next 3 – 4 years.
But more importantly Tony Mobray has said he is willing to stay and this all came before some recent news saying that we will have a budget this year for the transfer window. Which is brilliant news…isn’t it? Well at first reading you think that’s brilliant we are going to be able to strengthen areas which we desperately need but then you ask yourself does that mean we are going to spend more than last year and if so why did we not have a budget last year?
The Venkys haven’t got a single thing right since taking control in 2012 and for some reason I don’t believe that suddenly they are going to come through, but if for whatever reason they decided to give us some money don’t think this is a start of a new era oh no I think that there would be much more selfish intentions at play.
On the 16th of May it was confirmed that the Venkys had brought in accountancy giants KPMG and Deloitte to do an overview of the club which at first sounded promising. Was this the beginning of the end of the Venkys would they be told that it would be better off just selling the club as they can’t possible make the money back which they have lost? Or maybe they said it would be better if you invest now to make money in the future? If we start spending money this summer it won’t be a lot that’s a guarantee, league 1 budgets are not the best, but I believe that it would be because the Venkys know that there is much more money to be made in the championship than there is in league 1 so they think if we spend money know to get the club promoted straight away with potential Wembley visits along the line that then they can start building their money back which means they won’t then spend in the championship because they can’t afford it. Essentially any money which they send in this window they will be looking to get back through promotion then they break even and it’s like the club were never relegated and they can go back into their hole and wait for the club to get relegated again. It’s the sad reality that they will spend this year but then not spend next year which is when we need it.
At the time of writing this Blackburn haven’t extended any contracts including Connor’s they haven’t been linked with anyone and they have hired a new assistant manager in Venus which isn’t to important. I think that our season will be decided by the beginning of July depending on who we’ve signed and who we’ve sold, genuinely of the 15 currently in our first team if we can keep 12 of them I think we’ll stay up provided we bring in 8 or so players because that’s realistically how many we need.
I said that last season would be our hardest ever; I showed how we were on the same path as Blackpool and Bolton but now I’m desperately hoping that next season will be a Bolton rather than a Blackpool.