posted on Oct, 30 2004 @ 05:39 AM
Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel has blamed the club's current predicament on the decision to revamp the squad in the summer of 2003. Rovers
finished sixth in the 2002-03 campaign but former boss Graeme Souness then sold a number of star players and Friedel feels the club have never
recovered. The American does not know whether it was Souness or the board who decided to make the sales, but believes that the club has struggled for
the past 18 months as a result.
"It is annoying because we had a squad full of internationals," he told Liverpool's Magazine.
Then one summer we got rid of Hakan Sukur, Henning Berg, Martin Taylor, David Dunn, Damien Duff, John Curtis, Craig Hignett, Keith Gilliespie and Alan
"In pre-season all those players were gone.
"I don't know why but that's how it happened. You will have to ask the board or the previous management."
Rovers battled relegation last season before eventually finishing in 15th position and currently prop up the Premiership after making a dismal start
to the current campaign.