Football League Hour
Kevin Blackwell, Kevin Phillips and Ricky Ravenhill feature on Sky Sports News Radio's Football League hour, with the saga at Blackburn a big talking point.
Last Updated: 28/09/12 2:50pm
On Thursdays between 7pm and 8pm on Sky Sports News Radio is Football League Hour, when the big names from the Championship, League One and League Two discuss the big issues below the Premier League.
On this week's show, new Bury manager Kevin Blackwell, Blackpool hitman Kevin Phillips, Doncaster midfielder Dave Syers and Bradford skipper Ricky Ravenhill join Dean Windass and presenter Mikey Burrows.
This week Kevin Blackwell returned to management at Bury and admits he is relishing his return to the dug-out: "If you're a football man, you want to get in there. You don't want to be out of it. I'm at Bury because they liked what they saw with my record at Leeds, Sheffield United and Luton.
"It's in our blood. I love coaching and being out working with the players and there's nothing better than when you work with the players and then at the weekend you get the results."
On Bury, Blackwell added: "It's a club that is at the bottom of the (League One) table but the players were terrific today and as a manager and a coach I really enjoyed it.
"It's a tough game (at Stevenage on Saturday). I'll be looking for a real response from them. It's a good test for me to see how the players handle themselves against a team in the top six away from home."
Bradford City captain Ricky Ravenhill gave his view on the situation at Blackburn, and jumped to the defence of Rovers boss Steve Kean.
Ravenhill said: "I think it is embarassing. People want success and want a team doing well and what more do they want from him? He has been under pressure all this time. They have made the decision to stick with him so you have got to give him a fair crack of the whip."
Dean Windass hailed Kean's signings such as Jordan Rhodes and Danny Murphy and gave a player's perspective on the pressure cooker atmosphere at Ewood Park.
Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips also praised Kean, and added: "First and foremost I've got to give pure credit to Steve Kean and the way he has handled himself. He doesn't shy away from any of the media, he doesn't duck away at the end of the game and shoot down the tunnel, he stays until the end and with the abuse he gets you could understand if he was to do that. He holds his head high and I give him respect for that.
"They are joint second in the Championship, which is a tough league, but apparently he has not reached the quota of points that he was supposed to reach by the owners. I think it is very bizarre and is unfortunate for him."
The lads also gave their view on Leeds United's league cup victory over Everton.
Phillips said: "They are a good team and Neil Warnock always seems to get the best out of his players and fair play to him. To beat an Everton team, no matter what side they put out, is a big scalp for them and that will give them masses of confidence to kick on in the Championship."
And Doncaster's Dave Syers gave his take on John Ward's departure from Colchester United. Syers said: "This is the time when chairmen start panicking. To get rid of him (John Ward) because of worries about first-team results and give it to the assistant (Joe Dunne) sort of smacks of short-termism."
You can listen to this week's show here, and tune in next week to hear Mikey and Deano chatting about the week's hottest Football League stories.