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David Dunn; Blackburn "could show me a bit of respect"

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David Dunn has called on the Blackburn hierarchy to show him some respect and tell him whether he will still be at Ewood Park next season.

The 33-year-old's present contract is due to expire in the summer.

Not only has there been no word over an extension, such is the chaos at Ewood Park, Dunn does not even know who to ask about one.

It is not so much that Dunn is desperate to stay, although that would be his preference, more that he needs to find out what his options are. And at the moment it is proving impossible.

"I'm two or three months away from being out of contract and If I'm being blunt about it, I'm not too sure who to speak to," said Dunn.

"I'd rather just know. My family are here and my kids are here so if it's a yes great, if it's a no then at least I've been here a hell of a long time in two spells.

"I'm probably being more patient than I would be if I was at another club.

"But if it's not going to happen, they could show me a bit of respect and tell me. It would be a crying shame if I got to May, went home, and that was it.

"I deserve a little bit more than that for the effort and the loyalty I've shown over the years.

"But who knows what happens at this place?"

The pain is etched on Dunn's face.

A typically industrious performance in Friday's draw with Blackpool did little to allay fears last season's relegation from the Barclays Premier League is about to be followed by an even more calamitous drop into League One.

For a local boy, who has spent all but four years of his career at Rovers, it is a situation Dunn finds hard to take.

"As an employee of the club there's only so much you can sometimes say, which is difficult," said Dunn.

"Because I come from this area, I witness the impact the downfall of the club has had on the community in general.

"Sometimes it kicks everyone where it hurts and over the last two years, it's been hard.

"We're a really good club and when we are doing well, the town bounces.

"The fans do get behind us, but can you argue with what's going on here?

"It's not a criticism of the owners. They've always said they will put money into the club.

"But what they are doing is forking out needless amounts of money because, in my opinion, certain decisions weren't right.

"I'm quite an optimism person and I'm hopeful one day that Venky's and the whole club can start changing.

"But there are important and crucial decisions needing to be made."

Getting a permanent manager in place would be a start.

It is a footballing joke how Blackburn have managed to get through four this season, and that days after being assured he would have the job until the end of January, Gary Bowyer was replaced by Michael Appleton.

Bowyer will be the man at the helm at Cardiff today after Appleton was dismissed last month.

And Dunn feels it needs to be a lot longer than that.

"It's been a mad, mad season," he said.

"Does it affect players? I'm sure it does.

"Is that the way forward, to keep changing managers all the time? I don't think it's necessary.

"Everyone respects Gary. He's been at the club for nine years so he knows the club inside out.

"Hopefully we can secure our position in the league table and probably build for next year."

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