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Interview With Blackburn Fan

1) So how is the season going, by the looks of it very solidly with only 2 losses and some tough matches already out of the way?

We are all very impressed with the way things are going at the moment. 2 losses from 12 games is really good for Rovers particularly with all of the 'big 4' played once already. If anything our league position is slightly harsh on us but time will tell and we can only be happy with how things are going.

2) Mark Hughes, manager in waiting for Manchester United or will he be approached for the England job?

He won't do the England Managers job yet. He has recently stated that he wants to do international management again but it won't be for 10 years or so. As far as Man United is concerned he is destined to do this one day and when Sir Alex retires I feel it will be then. Either way the fact he is being mentioned for both jobs shows what a terrific job he is doing here.

3) Realistically as a Blackburn fan, what can you expect to achieve within the next five years, do you ever see a return to Premiership winning form?

In all honesty I can't see us returning to Premiership winning form unless major investment is made fairly quickly. realistically we want to establish ourselves as a regular European qualifier and maybe have a crack at the Champions League spots.

4) Who do you most fear in the Villa side and if you could take one of our players, who would it be and why?

The players to fear for the Rovers side are Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young. Both are excellent England prospects with a lot of pace which can hurt us more than any other attribute. Scott Carson despite his recent mistake is still an excellent goalkeeper as well. Plus Martin Laursen always comes across to me as an rock solid defender. There's quite a few.

If I had to name one to take, It would be Mr.Agbonlahor. I am a great admirer and he is very close to getting into the full England set up in my eyes.

5) How do you rate Martin O'Neill and would you have liked him for the England job (if you would have, tough!)

I rate him highly. He seems to have great man management skills and always comes across as very intelligent and honest in interviews. His record speaks for itself as he has been a success wherever he has gone. And yes, I would love him to be the England manager but I can't see him doing it as I think Jose Mourinho will eventually get it (I hope).

6) What do you think of Villa, big club with bags of potential or.... ?

Exactly how you've described yourself above. You have underachieved recently but the potential is there. The money, the fans and the young players who can excite combined with experience. Unlike Spurs you keep away from arrogant bragging and concentrate on what's going to help you in the future. I think it might take a few years though to fully come together.

7) With both clubs nestled nicely in the top ten alongside Pompey, Everton and West Ham, who do you think will be making the European spots come the end of the campaign?

The more the season rolls on the more my answer will include Man City. Other than that I would like to say ourselves, yourselves, Everton and Pompey. West Ham will have to wait till next year but they will be happy with a consolidating season after last time out.

8) What is your prediction for the game? I would wish you luck, but you'd know I was lying!

I think it will be fast paced and tackles will not be shy but I back us everytime we are at home and this is no different.

2-1 to Rovers. Good luck Villains.

With thanks to Mikey at http://www.blackburn.vitalfootball.co.uk/




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 28 2007

Time: 11:35AM

Your Comments

Very honest response. Two good sides, expecting an exciting game tonight
notthedougellisstand
'fast paced and tackles will not be shy' not a usual mention in other match previews. Must say this sums up Blackburn for me - some good players mixed with a ferocious appetite that can spill over. I just hope we still have some players fit for Saturday. On another topic, no Salifou in the reserves on Monday - is he on his way to Blackburn? Just a thought be a hard debut to make, but may he be on the bench?
Gordonsleftboot
Seems like a nice guy. Nice to here opposition fans praising Laursen, i was beginning to think nobody outside of Villa park knew how good he is.
DeanoVilla
I have always rated Laursen and was gutted when you guys goit him at a snip price. Shame he has suffered so much with injury. Looking forward to tonight's game. Not sure about that Mikey character though.
roversman
As said seems like an honest bloke. Its great to see that its not just us Villa fans that think we are 'big club with bags of potential'. Think of a few years back under O'Dreary... we were an ex big club in freefall. The Villa are back!
MattUTV
Just like to say "break a leg" to Savage if he plays and I mean that in a theatrical way HONEST. ;-D
Villan444
Great to hear a sensible interview, and some one else who thinks Spurs fan's are so arrogant! Evenly matched teams, me thinks, could go either way, so I will sit on the fence and predict 2-2. Pretty happy with a point at Ewood and would probably settle for a point at home in our next match as well!
krfeskivilla
I think Salifou is on the bench. I hope he gets a go at it. Throw him in the deep end and see how he copes. I reckon he could do a good job. I think we have a chance at winning this but I think everyone would be happy with a draw?
PTP
Blackburn look a very good team. a point would be good but i fancy us taking all 3.
*Holte*End*Star*
Cheers guys.... I am sure we will get a good game tonight as both sides are on the up. And roversman lol... no need to mock lol.
MikeyGamst
and gordonsleftboot - I wouldnt believe everything you read matey. We have a lot more technical ability than given credit for.
MikeyGamst
Tough one tonight,I do like Blackburn they've been excellent this season.
Pking
Nice article. Is the game on tv tonight?
Cubos
A confident sounding Mikey, and of course he has every right to be. Mark Hughes has assembled a very good team up there, and a top six finish this season looks a very distinct possibility. Looking forward to the game, and right now, before setting off, I'd quite happily settle for a point. Going to be tough though.
glensider
i always enjoy the blackburn games and always find them a nice bunch. they wont win though
mrchnry
Great answers. Don't know why, but have always quite liked Blackburn. Won't stop me hating you tonight though (only joking). Tough game, Hughes has put together a strong squad. Would happily take a draw here, but here's hoping for another great Villa win!!!!!
CLVilla
Seems like a nice bloke...has he got a ticket going spare?
MattUTV
W
villabikes29
What a nice chap..shame hes going to get beaten tonight Carew is going to rip them apart hes due a match winning performance.
villabikes29
All honesty I would settle for a draw.
col8
2-2 draw. i want a win but i'd be happy with a draw
The Usual Suspect
Excellent ReSULT!!!!!
xfranc
kiss my face.
Stig
Mark Hughes for England? I've certainly heard and read a lot less sensible suggestions.
glensider
 

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