Ince Sacked & Keane On Borrowed Time

So Paul Ince’s short reign as Blackburn Rovers manager has finally come to an end.

Ince was appointed as manager in the summer after more successful spells at Macclesfield and MK Dons.

I feel a little sorry for Ince but it doesn’t really come as a great surprise and Rovers had to act quickly to try to turn around what has become a desperate situation. Blackburn haven’t won in 13 games, a run that simply couldn’t be allowed to continue.

The big question now of course is who is going to take over and take on the job of moving Rovers, the 1995 champions, back up table. Harry Redknapp is of course already taken.

I’ve read reports that Graham Souness, who managed the club from 2000 – 04, could be in the frame to return to Ewood Park. I’m not sure about that but whoever is appointed, former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley is another name mentioned, he will have to start winning games quickly before the situation is out of control.

Something else that might be out of someone’s control is the future of Liverpool striker Robbie Keane.

Keane was mysteriously left sitting on the bench at the weekend in the 2-2 draw against Hull City. Why a 20 million pound striker remains on the bench behind a defensive midfielder is anyone’s guess but Keane’s look as he sat on the bench told it’s own sorry story.

There are reports that Mark Lawrenson the ex Liverpool defender, had a drink with Steven Gerrard recently. Gerrard and Keane have the same agent and Gerrard is reported to have told Lawrenson that something was going to be happening with Keane in the January transfer window.

Amazing really. I thought Keane was going to be an excellent signing for Liverpool, and he still could be, but as things stand, it doesn’t look too good for his chances at remaining at the club he supported as a boy.

The rumour mill is suggesting a return to London, I presume that means to Tottenham, but Keane has of course been insisting his future remains at Anfield. I for one hope he’s right.

Cheers
Rik