I’m not quite sure I recognise this feeling.
It’s one of cautious optimism inspired by a managerial appointment based on sound logic (from Venkys as well!) which could be promising for Blackburn Rovers.
Over the last five seasons, Rovers have lurched downwards, barely pausing for breath as their proud Premier League pedigree was frittered away in a combination of dreadful spending, terribly poor boardroom leadership and inadequate management.
Not since Sam Allardyce have they had a manager who other clubs recognised and respected. Not since Sam Allardyce have they had a manager whose past achievements could be highlighted on a chunky CV.
Not that it bought him much time or affection from the Rovers faithful however!
And yet it would be unfair to argue that Gary Bowyer failed. He brought stability, security and some good times during what we mustn’t forget was his first managerial post.
He kept his head in the midst of crazy boardroom politics and his calm and careful stewardship put paid to the madness of Shebby Singh.
Who knows what depths to which Rovers would have plummeted had he not performed his emergency salvo mission back in 2013.
And his calm dignity and ability to spot a bargain signing has been vital in the last two seasons. Who else would have steered us through the troubled waters of Financial Fair Play and kept players such as Jordan Rhodes at the club? Compared to the frustrations and difficulties experienced by the likes of Forest and Leeds they’ve done OK.
And it’s not a level playing field when QPR can get away with awful misspending and bad budgeting.
There were some disappointments though. When Wigan won the FA Cup that year, Rovers were a home replay against a poor Millwall team from a Wembley semi finals. They barely had a shot and went out.
Far too many times did his Rovers side fail to take their chances and allow the other team to equalise with their only chance or lose entirely.
When you’ve got prolific strikers Rhodes and Gestede in your team, you simply have to be winning more games.
He’ll also be remembered for losing to Burnley, twice, and allowing their rivals to party at Ewood Park. Unacceptable in most Rovers fans eyes.
So, after a disappointing start, he’s lost his job and in has swept a double promotion achiever, a Champions League winner and an experienced Premier League manager in Paul Lambert.
A bit of cautious optimism never hurt anybody!
And yesterday may have been a win secured by an own goal and a penalty but a win is a win.
The new era has begun!