Date: 3rd May 2009 at 2:04pm
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Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire was a key figure in the Greek Cup final yesterday, netting twice for Olympiacos as they won an epic 15-14 penalty shoot out against AEK Athens.

And the local born Rovers player – on loan at Olympiacos for 6 months, has made himself a cult figure in Greece and with the local fans.

Derbyshire came on at half-time with his team 2-0 down and scored 2 to peg back the Athens side. His second of his two goals came really late to make the score 3-3 and force extra time.

And the England Under-21 international has put pressure on Sam to sort his long term future as soon as the season is over – with many Rovers fans perplexed as to where his long term future lies, as well as Matt himself.

Derbyshire, speaking to the Greek media after the game said – ‘If you’re asking me if I’d like to stay here then yes, of course,’

‘But it isn’t down to me it’s down to Blackburn Rovers and Olympiacos. I’m hopeful that something will happen. There haven’t been any talks at all at the moment.

‘Obviously I will have to wait until the end of the English season to see what happens with Blackburn and negotiations will hopefully start then.’

Sounds like he is having fun out there and it is good that he is making a name for himself but Sam would be a fool to sell him.

He is scoring regular goals for a Champions League side.


16 Replies to “Derbyshire Is A Greek Hero”

  • even our home-grown boy wants to leave without reservation, i really don’t who we’d ever going to hold on to…big sam really needs to get onto this. he needs to give him some assurance his playing time to win him back.
    speaking of which, may be we can think about snapping duff back for next year?

  • i think rovers board and sam both want sacking if they allow derbs to leave, he should never of been loaned out and needs to be given his chance at rovers, ok the greek league is not as competitive as ours, but it is a more technical league and it want that long ago greece were winning the european championships something england has never achieved

  • Its alright saying “its only Greece” but what would happen if he wasnt scoring?!?! Hes bagging for fun whilst we struggle!!!! Sam’s big mistake so far in my eyes…

  • i agree mikey, he loaned him out without even having a propoer look at him himself, he has nearly scored more goals this season both for us and them than our other 3 strikers put together

  • We need Matty back. He is BRFC through asnd through. Bring him back Sam. Please. Sam Allardyce is the best manager we could ever have. He is a BRFC genius. Please bring Matty back Sam.

  • Seems like he’s a big hit over there, and can’t blame him for preferring the sun, champion’s league, and decent football, over a return to a relegation scrap in cold wet lancashire. I don’t think he’s a big sam player though, and would guess that he’ll be sold to give us the money for the triumphant return of Kevin Davies. Shame.

  • lol blue canoe… I still think he will be here next season. His first choice has always been here in my eyes.

  • glen as for euro, i think Australia will win it before England ever does…..and thats saying something hehehe

  • 15-14? i would have had a heart attack. i don’t see Matty coming back unless he is guaranteed 1st team starts… and who would blame him with hot sun, regular goals and Champions league football on the offer?

  • Slight geographical problem there Sas lol… you paint a good picture there retro but his heart is still here. He is caught up in the moment at present I think. Well done to Matty though!

  • aye,hence my point mikey lol, well we dominated oceania and moved into asia, once we are done there, you might just be a bit worried lol

  • hahaha, australia are a territorial army! haha, nice one Mikey! lol…

    i realy hope that he is just saying this not to upset the greek fans on their national TV and realy is hoping for a move back home, if not, id want at least 5 mil for him, maybe more?!

  • I don’t see Matty coming back. Big Sam has left him out in the cold (which happens to be very warm) and by the sounds of it has given him no assurances whilst Greece steals his heart. Big Sam needs to sort it out.

  • That’s that then, the Rovers favourite appears on his way to Olympiakos permanently as long as a deal can be agreed.

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