Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Season Preview 2012/13: Blackburn Rovers

Season Preview 2012/13: Blackburn Rovers
CRISIS CLUB Blackburn Rovers are next up under the Vital Watford microscope ahead of the new campaign.

The previous season ended in disaster for Steve Kean's Rovers who were relegated with a whimper, ending a 10-year stay in the top-flight of English football. Controversy seemed to follow the club whatever they did, with Kean somehow holding onto his job despite taking a safe mid-table club to the depths of the Championship in a season and a half.

Void of their most talented performers in striker Yakubu and winger-cum-forward Junior Hoilett, Kean will have to re-build the squad extremely quickly if the Venky-owned venture are planning on a swift-return to the top-flight.

Strengths: There's been a big clear-out at Ewood Park with a number of big earners and oldies moved on. Whilst that has left Rovers without too many proven performers, Kean has at least cleared the decks of the dross that had dragged the club down to the second-tier.

Weakness': Kean is clearly not a manager. Whilst the Scot is respected as a coach he has proved emphatically that he is not cut for the role of manager and if the disastrous year and a half under his control haven't proven that, then it's hard to imagine what it will take for the bullet-proof boss to finally get the sack.

Best business so far: The signing of former Fulham lynchpin Danny Murphy looks to be a shrewd move. Having played much of his career in the top-flight, the 35 year-old former Whites' captain should prove a handy addition to the centre of the park, dictating the play and leading by example.

Star man: The highly-rated French midfielder Steven N'Zonzi. Whilst the former Amiens midfielder might not be with the Lancashire outfit for much longer, it's clear he is a class act.

Tall and rangy, the 23 year-old midfielder works hard to break up the play and lending the ball out to those around him.

In: Danny Murphy (Fulham) free, Nuno Gomes (Braga) free, Leon Best (Newcastle) 2m, Fabio Nunes (Portimonense) free, Paulo Jorge (Porto 'B') & Edinho Junior (Olhanense) free.

Out: Yakubu (Guangzhou) 1m, Junior Hoilett, Michel Salgado, Vince Grella, Herald Goulon, Jackson Ramm, Zac Aley, Matthew Pearson & Jamie McLaren (all released).

Prediction: It could very easily be another campaign of doom and gloom for Rovers if they don't get off to a good start - mid-table.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Friday July 27 2012
Time: 1:50PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Watford v West Ham - Team Sheets

Watford are at Vicarage Road with West Ham the visitors for the latest Premier League game.

Watford v West Ham - Follow Live On Twitter

Watford are at Vicarage Road with West Ham the visitors today, this will be a 5:30pm kick-off.

Watford FC Injury List Concerns

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Watford FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Vital Preview - Premier League, 25th-27th Feb 2017

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford v West Ham United
Suggested By:
Watford win50%
West Ham win50%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 5:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 13 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment