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‘Stand up and be counted’ call to Blackburn Rovers fans
THE sacking of Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton caused a sudden rush of new members to the supporters’ trust.
Bosses at Rovers Trust, a fans group set up with the intention of buying a stake in the club, said more than 160 people signed up to the £10 per year organisation since the annoucement.
Membership has ‘grown steadily’ for the group, which has launched a major recruitment drive as confidence in owners Venky’s hit an all-time low.
Ozz Jones, co-chairman of Rovers Trust, said he was pleased that more people had joined the trust.
He said: “We continue to be saddened by events at Ewood Park, but we are delighted that so many Rovers fans see the supporters’ trust as the solution.
“We need to encourage as many fans as possible to join Rovers Trust. The more members we have, the more powerful our voice. It is a positive way to influence the current owners and we continue to request that they engage with us to ensure Blackburn Rovers has a brighter future.”
Fellow co-chairman Wayne Wild urged more Rovers supporters to sign up to the group in a bid to save the club.
He said: “Rovers fans need to stand up and be counted. Join the Rovers Trust and demand change.
“We demand a say in the ownership and the running of our football club now and in the future.”
Mr Wild said the sacking of Mr Appleton was a poor decision. He said: “The news should have come as a surprise, but sadly it did not.
“It was just the latest in a long line of incomprehensible and ill thought-out decisions that go back to the very start of the Venky’s ownership of Blackburn Rovers.
“It is obvious to any experienced fan or football professional that to keep changing managers will only lead to yet more instability and uncertainty. It is also costly to keep paying-off staff.
“The owners have to face up to the fact they are entirely responsible for the situation we find ourselves in with a second successive relegation a distinct possibility.”
No one, on behalf of Venky’s, was available to comment when the Lancashire Telegraph contacted the club.
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