'We have regrouped and will start afresh'
What are your views on the team's relegation?
We have to turn the hurt into positive energy in order to move forward. The word relegation is now banned from our vocabulary. We have regrouped and will start on a clean slate.
You are quite forthright in your views about the EPL. Now that you have taken over a new role, what will your approach be?
I'm not going to change even though I'm now directly involved with English football. A spade is still a spade and will always be a spade.
What are the immediate changes you are looking at?
We are identifying the right players. Hopefully, our signing of Danny Murphy reflects that. We have to wo
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What look will the team have considering that Junior Hoilett has already quit while Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Mauro Formica, Steven Nzonzi, Paul Robinson, Scott Dann, Gael Givet and Martin Olsson want to leave as well?
Understandably, there is plenty of speculation. Relegation has led to talks that everyone wants to leave. To our knowledge, nobody has expressed a desire to quit.
Did you think there could be an exodus after the relegation?
All relegated clubs have to face exodus. We are firmly focused on creating team spirit that will make the players feel wanted and appreciated.
In a certain context, you said you didn't want to lose anyone, but were willing to relieve a player if he wanted to move on...
It once again reinforces our desire to retain all our players. That said, we could face special circumstances. To cite an example, a player out of contract is free to choose his next employer.
Letting unhappy players go will create more opportunities for local talent, right?
There is an academy designed to fulfil the needs of a club. Most certainly, academy graduates should be given every opportunity to progress. If not, it defeats the purpose of investing in an academy.
Disgruntled players were the talking point last season. Was it one of the factors behind the slump? Did the owners/coach and the players remain on congenial terms?
I prefer looking forward as living in the past can sap your energy. You must learn from the past and move forward.
Full Name: Serbgeth (Shebby) Singh
Was a football analyst for a sports channel
Has played for Malaysia in three Asian Games
Was a gold medallist at South East Asian Games in 1989
Was part of the Kuala Lunpur FA team
Has played against Bayern Munich, Hamburg SV, Aston Villa and Newcastle
Rovers in 2011-12
Blackburn Rovers’s horrendous performance in the 2011–12 season saw them get relegated from top division football — Premier League— to the Football League Championship, a second division championship. The decisive result was after they failed to beat Wigan Athletic FC on May 7 that drew the curtains on any hopes of staying on in the top flight. They ended the season at 19th place after losing the last Premier League game 1-2 against Chelsea.
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