Video: Silence over departure of Blackburn Rovers deputy chief exec

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BLACKBURN Rovers were plunged into further chaos last night amid widespread reports that deputy chief executive Paul Hunt had left his post.

Sources told the Lancashire Telegraph yesterday morning that Hunt had departed after the explosive email he wrote to owner Mrs Desai in December calling for boss Steve Kean to be sacked was leaked.

But Rovers had last night yet to confirm his departure.

However, Indian sources and club insiders were adamant about Hunt’s exit, with the news understood to have been delivered by phone from India.

Hunt was the individual charged with running the club on a day to day basis. With no chief executive in place, his absence leaves the club without a leader on the ground and seemingly thrown into further turmoil.

Hunt was seen driving away from Ewood Park yesterday morning and was unavailable for comment, although it is believed he and the club were still in discussions to finalise the details of his exit.

A Rovers spokesman said they were waiting to hear news from the owners and that they were unable to confirm or deny his departure.

Ewood Park staff were shocked by news of his exit. Some of his colleagues were understood to be increasingly concerned about events that appear to be unfolding at the club.

Some board members were understood to have met late yesterday afternoon in emergency talks as they looked for answers themselves about what is happening at Ewood and their own futures.

They were all unavailable for comment last night.

Meanwhile boss Steve Kean has insisted that owners Venky’s are ‘100 per cent’ the right owners for the club, after promising ‘exciting times ahead’.

He said he and the owners were here for the long term and that Rovers were as financially stable as they have been for a long time.

The leaked email written by Hunt called for Kean to be sacked as part of a ten-point plan to save the club.

He sent the 2,500 word email to club matriarch Mrs Desai stressing the need for change on December 21, two days after the Lancashire Telegraph called for Kean to be sacked.

In a sweeping commentary that revealed the chaos at the club, Hunt also wrote of financial problems, the loss of fans at an alarming rate and he appealed for Venky’s to communicate more.

It has been suggested that Hunt has paid the price for the letter being leaked but the Lancashire Telegraph can confirm the email was not released by him.

Kean declined to comment on Hunt’s letter He said: “If that is the case then you know its disappointing – for my point of view and I think what everybody will see is that I’ve got full backing of the owners the full commitment of all the players.

“The owners are here for the long term and so I am so the only task now is to finish off the season the best we can and with a positive result and really build a squad and make sure we can be competitive as we can from the first game.”

“I've actually not read the email, I know it's out there and people are telling me little bits of it, I'll take time if I ever get my copy of a full version of it.”

Hunt was appointed deputy chief executive in May 2011, after the departure of former chairman John Williams earlier in the year.

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9:13am Thu 10 May 12

stick to football says...

Another one who could not work with the Manager

Do we need to list them before he realises the problem may be with him and not the other person

I too would be worried if I worked at Ewood because this is just another example of mismanagement - if a dfecision has been made why dont Venkys come out and say so

Their silence since relegation says everything about them as individuals never mind their Corporate image

Maybe next years Charity on the shirt should be Samaritans with a free phone line for all those loyal true Rovers fans who have renewed their season tickets.
Another one who could not work with the Manager Do we need to list them before he realises the problem may be with him and not the other person I too would be worried if I worked at Ewood because this is just another example of mismanagement - if a dfecision has been made why dont Venkys come out and say so Their silence since relegation says everything about them as individuals never mind their Corporate image Maybe next years Charity on the shirt should be Samaritans with a free phone line for all those loyal true Rovers fans who have renewed their season tickets. stick to football

9:28am Thu 10 May 12

Redbike says...

Paul Hunt's e-mail was spot on and hit the nail on the head on many levels. The only thing I would criticise in it is point 1 where he asks for promotion and a pay rise - I'd have made that point 10 as to some it may look at though that is his ulterior motive.

I just hope he doesn't sell his soul to the Indians - no doubt they will offer him a "compromise agreement" - in other words he'll be gagged in return for a pay off.

Hold out Paul, sell your story to one of the papers and get the truth out there.
Paul Hunt's e-mail was spot on and hit the nail on the head on many levels. The only thing I would criticise in it is point 1 where he asks for promotion and a pay rise - I'd have made that point 10 as to some it may look at though that is his ulterior motive. I just hope he doesn't sell his soul to the Indians - no doubt they will offer him a "compromise agreement" - in other words he'll be gagged in return for a pay off. Hold out Paul, sell your story to one of the papers and get the truth out there. Redbike

9:29am Thu 10 May 12

alfa111 says...

So venkys want to talk to him on how to finsh his exit ?looks like mr hunt will be getting a pay off to keep his mouth shut,venkys will be sh*ting themselves now, hoping he wont go to the press.
Please mr hunt dont take the bribe from venkys,kean, for the sake of rovers fans and the town of blackburn go and talk to the press let it all out whats going on in the club i beg you PLEASE.
So venkys want to talk to him on how to finsh his exit ?looks like mr hunt will be getting a pay off to keep his mouth shut,venkys will be sh*ting themselves now, hoping he wont go to the press. Please mr hunt dont take the bribe from venkys,kean, for the sake of rovers fans and the town of blackburn go and talk to the press let it all out whats going on in the club i beg you PLEASE. alfa111

9:29am Thu 10 May 12

OnePostThenTheOther says...

Venky’s are ‘100 per cent’ the right owners for the club - only you and Venkys are asserting that. It is rather a case that the club is the right vehicle for your ridiculous and despicable mission

'exciting times ahead’ - for who? For you to line your pockets? To advance your non-existant career? To provide a laugh a day to everybody outside the club?

"Rovers were as financially stable as they have been for a long time." Were? Notwithstanding the lie (why were Barclays so keen to get out?) can we assume that plunging through the divisions means our financial position is more perilous than it has ever been?

"finish off the season the best we can" JSTFU you vacuous pillock.

"I've actually not read the email" - Liar. There's a lot of things that you should/ shouldn't have done, the main one being GET OUT OF OUR CLUB.
Venky’s are ‘100 per cent’ the right owners for the club - only you and Venkys are asserting that. It is rather a case that the club is the right vehicle for your ridiculous and despicable mission 'exciting times ahead’ - for who? For you to line your pockets? To advance your non-existant career? To provide a laugh a day to everybody outside the club? "Rovers were as financially stable as they have been for a long time." Were? Notwithstanding the lie (why were Barclays so keen to get out?) can we assume that plunging through the divisions means our financial position is more perilous than it has ever been? "finish off the season the best we can" JSTFU you vacuous pillock. "I've actually not read the email" - Liar. There's a lot of things that you should/ shouldn't have done, the main one being GET OUT OF OUR CLUB. OnePostThenTheOther

9:32am Thu 10 May 12

100%rovers0%kean0%venkys says...

put radio rovers on after monday`s game and they were all saying there goodbye`s to each other because THEY DIDN`T know if the station would be running next season !!!!
put radio rovers on after monday`s game and they were all saying there goodbye`s to each other because THEY DIDN`T know if the station would be running next season !!!! 100%rovers0%kean0%venkys

9:42am Thu 10 May 12

porterman says...

Robinson and Dunn out of sundays game which 1 thumped kean this time
Robinson and Dunn out of sundays game which 1 thumped kean this time porterman

9:48am Thu 10 May 12

Ossy blue says...

More rubbish spouted!

http://www.independe
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The guy thinks he can treat the fans with such contempt, can only be one reason how he can be so cocksure about his position - he's in on it himself, probably a few others also that will take a cut of the profit plundering - we know the others (without naming the obv one!)
More rubbish spouted! http://www.independe nt.co.uk/sport/footb all/premier-league/k eans-wife-dragged-in to-mounting-chaos-at -rovers-7729052.html The guy thinks he can treat the fans with such contempt, can only be one reason how he can be so cocksure about his position - he's in on it himself, probably a few others also that will take a cut of the profit plundering - we know the others (without naming the obv one!) Ossy blue

9:48am Thu 10 May 12

Nurseman says...

How much more evidence that the club is in chaos do the owners need to see. Do something positive now, please!
How much more evidence that the club is in chaos do the owners need to see. Do something positive now, please! Nurseman

9:48am Thu 10 May 12

Nurseman says...

How much more evidence that the club is in chaos do the owners need to see. Do something positive now, please!
How much more evidence that the club is in chaos do the owners need to see. Do something positive now, please! Nurseman

9:51am Thu 10 May 12

Am i in yet..? says...

stick to football wrote:
Another one who could not work with the Manager

Do we need to list them before he realises the problem may be with him and not the other person

I too would be worried if I worked at Ewood because this is just another example of mismanagement - if a dfecision has been made why dont Venkys come out and say so

Their silence since relegation says everything about them as individuals never mind their Corporate image

Maybe next years Charity on the shirt should be Samaritans with a free phone line for all those loyal true Rovers fans who have renewed their season tickets.
Anyone renewing their season tickets while Venky's are at the realm are very much regarded as scabs who cross a picket lines.

Its the only way to flush this vermin out.
[quote][p][bold]stick to football[/bold] wrote: Another one who could not work with the Manager Do we need to list them before he realises the problem may be with him and not the other person I too would be worried if I worked at Ewood because this is just another example of mismanagement - if a dfecision has been made why dont Venkys come out and say so Their silence since relegation says everything about them as individuals never mind their Corporate image Maybe next years Charity on the shirt should be Samaritans with a free phone line for all those loyal true Rovers fans who have renewed their season tickets.[/p][/quote]Anyone renewing their season tickets while Venky's are at the realm are very much regarded as scabs who cross a picket lines. Its the only way to flush this vermin out. Am i in yet..?

9:57am Thu 10 May 12

Rishtonian says...

The transfer trapdoor looms for Robinson, the only one with the guts to applaud the rover’s fans on Monday
The transfer trapdoor looms for Robinson, the only one with the guts to applaud the rover’s fans on Monday Rishtonian

9:59am Thu 10 May 12

greenscreener says...

This man will not be heard from again. Its shame because he would surely have a lot to say.

However it's standard practice these days that contracts, and exit packages include "gagging" orders.

You can bet your life that a man who has Me,Me,Me as Issue No 1 will not do anything to jeapordise his payout.
This man will not be heard from again. Its shame because he would surely have a lot to say. However it's standard practice these days that contracts, and exit packages include "gagging" orders. You can bet your life that a man who has Me,Me,Me as Issue No 1 will not do anything to jeapordise his payout. greenscreener

9:59am Thu 10 May 12

Shear_Brilliance says...

Why hasn't the FA stepped in yet?

Clearly something needs to be done before what Paul Hunt said about administration becomes a reality I'm sick to death of us fans being portrayed as the victims of own demise.

I know any other club would've done the same thing if not worse.

Outside my work and family football is my life and I won't renew my season ticket it breaks my heart but I like many fans know it's better to stay away and not put a penny into the club until Venky's are made to pay for what they've done or better yet gone for good.

I won't be going to any other clubs my loyalty still lies with Rovers.

Mission accomplished Venky's and Kean.
Why hasn't the FA stepped in yet? Clearly something needs to be done before what Paul Hunt said about administration becomes a reality I'm sick to death of us fans being portrayed as the victims of own demise. I know any other club would've done the same thing if not worse. Outside my work and family football is my life and I won't renew my season ticket it breaks my heart but I like many fans know it's better to stay away and not put a penny into the club until Venky's are made to pay for what they've done or better yet gone for good. I won't be going to any other clubs my loyalty still lies with Rovers. Mission accomplished Venky's and Kean. Shear_Brilliance

10:02am Thu 10 May 12

Roverthere says...

This dim wit Kean just keeps making things worse. Please Venky's sack this Buffoon now.
This dim wit Kean just keeps making things worse. Please Venky's sack this Buffoon now. Roverthere

10:06am Thu 10 May 12

halfhearted says...

Does anyone really want a statement from the club. After all whatever is said will be nothing but lies.
The owners have an agenda and this is not benefical to the club. Kean is part of it. He cares not what the fans or anybody else thinks. He is there for one reason and one reason oly,and that is to line his own pockets.
Does anyone really want a statement from the club. After all whatever is said will be nothing but lies. The owners have an agenda and this is not benefical to the club. Kean is part of it. He cares not what the fans or anybody else thinks. He is there for one reason and one reason oly,and that is to line his own pockets. halfhearted

10:09am Thu 10 May 12

alfa111 says...

Nurseman wrote:
How much more evidence that the club is in chaos do the owners need to see. Do something positive now, please!
Sadly does look like kean is very much tied in to BRFC ownership in some way that's why he has been so **** sure of him self.
[quote][p][bold]Nurseman[/bold] wrote: How much more evidence that the club is in chaos do the owners need to see. Do something positive now, please![/p][/quote]Sadly does look like kean is very much tied in to BRFC ownership in some way that's why he has been so **** sure of him self. alfa111

10:10am Thu 10 May 12

100%rovers0%kean0%venkys says...

CRYER can you look into this !!!!!!!!

there is an emergency board meeting currently underway at Ewood Park involving the financers appointed by Venkys. They are speaking with the board to sort out the financial issues surrounding the termination of Paul Hunt's contract. It is also rumoured they will then be meeting with Steve Kean in order discuss wage-cuts and player sales.

This meeting is effectively about removing the quality that made us just about a Premier League team and is making us a bottom half Championship team, on a shoestring budget.

As revealed by Henry Winter, we are hearing that the Academy might be scrapped and encorporated into the first team, therefore it will be just the 1st team and reserves at Rovers. Going forward, the only Academy the club will have will be based in Pune.
CRYER can you look into this !!!!!!!! there is an emergency board meeting currently underway at Ewood Park involving the financers appointed by Venkys. They are speaking with the board to sort out the financial issues surrounding the termination of Paul Hunt's contract. It is also rumoured they will then be meeting with Steve Kean in order discuss wage-cuts and player sales. This meeting is effectively about removing the quality that made us just about a Premier League team and is making us a bottom half Championship team, on a shoestring budget. As revealed by Henry Winter, we are hearing that the Academy might be scrapped and encorporated into the first team, therefore it will be just the 1st team and reserves at Rovers. Going forward, the only Academy the club will have will be based in Pune. 100%rovers0%kean0%venkys

10:15am Thu 10 May 12

no ney never says...

What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting.
Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now!

Howe the lads
What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting. Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now! Howe the lads no ney never

10:16am Thu 10 May 12

bring back the good old days says...

Whether the e-mail was fact or not. Whether the 'reply' was fact or not (I think not).
Matters not.
The fact of Venkys virtual silence over the last several days speaks volumes and tells you all you need to know.
They are either clueless and don't know what to say, or they just don't give a fig and feel they don't need to.
If you see that as good/reasonable ownership - fine.
For me this is the reason we are now where we are, and Kean has been a/the major factor in our demise. Whether by taking unquestionable instruction from Venkys, or under his own direction, makes no odds.
Whether the e-mail was fact or not. Whether the 'reply' was fact or not (I think not). Matters not. The fact of Venkys virtual silence over the last several days speaks volumes and tells you all you need to know. They are either clueless and don't know what to say, or they just don't give a fig and feel they don't need to. If you see that as good/reasonable ownership - fine. For me this is the reason we are now where we are, and Kean has been a/the major factor in our demise. Whether by taking unquestionable instruction from Venkys, or under his own direction, makes no odds. bring back the good old days

10:17am Thu 10 May 12

McClaret says...

Kean to get 5 year contract extension. Well its about the only thing left for the Venkys to do that could upset you all more. Keep plugging away and hopefully you might get rid of them.
Kean to get 5 year contract extension. Well its about the only thing left for the Venkys to do that could upset you all more. Keep plugging away and hopefully you might get rid of them. McClaret

10:24am Thu 10 May 12

petestan says...

I like the way the way Kean says "“I've actually not read the email, I know it's out there and people are telling me little bits of it, I'll take time if I ever get my copy of a full version of it.",

Yet more lies from him, Mrs Desai sent the email to him as soon as it arrived that's how he knew the directors were asking her to sack him, pathetic.
I like the way the way Kean says "“I've actually not read the email, I know it's out there and people are telling me little bits of it, I'll take time if I ever get my copy of a full version of it.", Yet more lies from him, Mrs Desai sent the email to him as soon as it arrived that's how he knew the directors were asking her to sack him, pathetic. petestan

10:24am Thu 10 May 12

vicn1956 says...

GET REAL Dunn/venkys/ players/ kean/ ANYONE at Ewood- still waiting for an apology to the fans.
Why do some people think sacking kean is the answer. Nothing less than the venkys leaving will mean we might see exciting times at Ewood again.
2 steps back? More like a million miles.Well done to the academy team. Mrs.desai-"what can we get for the good ones? The rest will be our squad for Division 1."
Why would ANY player with ambitions in football(not pay days) come to this basket case of a club?
GET REAL Dunn/venkys/ players/ kean/ ANYONE at Ewood- still waiting for an apology to the fans. Why do some people think sacking kean is the answer. Nothing less than the venkys leaving will mean we might see exciting times at Ewood again. 2 steps back? More like a million miles.Well done to the academy team. Mrs.desai-"what can we get for the good ones? The rest will be our squad for Division 1." Why would ANY player with ambitions in football(not pay days) come to this basket case of a club? vicn1956

10:25am Thu 10 May 12

jaysay says...

Um no mention of Jerome then
Um no mention of Jerome then jaysay

10:27am Thu 10 May 12

jackmetickler says...

couldn't organise 2 donkeys- 24 about in a field of carrots.

Venkys - as you have enforced your dictatorship on the supporters of this fine club and at the moment the proletariat have not revolted (en mass anyway) ... then let me ask you a question.

the premis of management is the ability to guide and motivate a group of personnel in a common cause.

The question is
What is your cause?

Because to a poorly educated football supporter like myself it seems you are hell bent on destroying this club.

It seems to all onlookers that your only cause is to make as much money from this club as you can and then leave it sold down the river.

Now in business; scumbags that do this seem to get away with it.

But you may find that in the case of BRFC; people will not forget.

Good luck with the chicken shops..... your gonna need it.
couldn't organise 2 donkeys- 24 about in a field of carrots. Venkys - as you have enforced your dictatorship on the supporters of this fine club and at the moment the proletariat have not revolted (en mass anyway) ... then let me ask you a question. the premis of management is the ability to guide and motivate a group of personnel in a common cause. The question is What is your cause? Because to a poorly educated football supporter like myself it seems you are hell bent on destroying this club. It seems to all onlookers that your only cause is to make as much money from this club as you can and then leave it sold down the river. Now in business; scumbags that do this seem to get away with it. But you may find that in the case of BRFC; people will not forget. Good luck with the chicken shops..... your gonna need it. jackmetickler

10:28am Thu 10 May 12

Shear_Brilliance says...

no ney never wrote:
What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting.
Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now!

Howe the lads
You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn.

I would not wish this on any team including Burnley.

They can try but they'll never destroy our club.
[quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting. Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn. I would not wish this on any team including Burnley. They can try but they'll never destroy our club. Shear_Brilliance

10:35am Thu 10 May 12

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

Paul Hunt's dismissal followed Kean's phone call yesterday instructing Mrs Desai to fire the bullet. As his letter illustrates, the remainder of the senior staff at Ewood also wanted Kean out and they are now considering their positions. Soon, there will only be Kean left at the Club and he will be manager, coach, PR, Chief Executive, Financial Director, Director of Football. It is clear from his cockiness, he knows he is untouchable. Henry Winter, in the Daily Telegraph, is also now asking what power Kean really has. Now that some of the heavyweight journos are taking an interest, the dirt will slowly but surely come out.
Paul Hunt's dismissal followed Kean's phone call yesterday instructing Mrs Desai to fire the bullet. As his letter illustrates, the remainder of the senior staff at Ewood also wanted Kean out and they are now considering their positions. Soon, there will only be Kean left at the Club and he will be manager, coach, PR, Chief Executive, Financial Director, Director of Football. It is clear from his cockiness, he knows he is untouchable. Henry Winter, in the Daily Telegraph, is also now asking what power Kean really has. Now that some of the heavyweight journos are taking an interest, the dirt will slowly but surely come out. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2

10:43am Thu 10 May 12

French Rover says...

now that the press think that there is a story to tell it then it WILL come out and it must be some story if these heavyweight lads are onto it..
now that the press think that there is a story to tell it then it WILL come out and it must be some story if these heavyweight lads are onto it.. French Rover

10:47am Thu 10 May 12

GAZHAY says...

JEROME ANDERSON now appointed new CEO.....this would just top it all!!!! An absolute farce, I will still be hear 100%, how do you know that? because you Jerome and Venkys are all in this together and taking all the cash and splitting it 3 ways.........total robbery!!!
JEROME ANDERSON now appointed new CEO.....this would just top it all!!!! An absolute farce, I will still be hear 100%, how do you know that? because you Jerome and Venkys are all in this together and taking all the cash and splitting it 3 ways.........total robbery!!! GAZHAY

10:49am Thu 10 May 12

A Darener says...

There is obviously more to all the goings on than we will ever find out.
The Venky's know they are hated by all of the Rovers' fans (well I hope it's all). But if they were to get rid of Steve Kean immediately they would at least give the fans a 100% boost in their popularity if only for a split second. The flags and bunting would be out all over Blackburn. Indian flags would be carried aloft. We don't need a new manager, just rid of the old. A committee of whoever is left at the club, tea lady, cleaners etc could all pick the team and do a better job than Kean.
There is obviously more to all the goings on than we will ever find out. The Venky's know they are hated by all of the Rovers' fans (well I hope it's all). But if they were to get rid of Steve Kean immediately they would at least give the fans a 100% boost in their popularity if only for a split second. The flags and bunting would be out all over Blackburn. Indian flags would be carried aloft. We don't need a new manager, just rid of the old. A committee of whoever is left at the club, tea lady, cleaners etc could all pick the team and do a better job than Kean. A Darener

10:51am Thu 10 May 12

benal13 says...

HA SO THATS IT ; Mrs KEAN IS VERY CLOSE TO Mrs DESAI WELL CAN YOU BLAME HER
HA SO THATS IT ; Mrs KEAN IS VERY CLOSE TO Mrs DESAI WELL CAN YOU BLAME HER benal13

10:51am Thu 10 May 12

modan says...

Time you left Steve Kean and please Venky you will have spend big money now to get BRFC back into the premiership next season.Venky you must spend or sell up.The people of Blackburn,the Blackburn Council and Jack Straw MP wants you to listen to the people of Blackburn ,sack Steve Kean and make more funds avaliable for BRFC.This great football club belongs to people of Blackburn with Darwen.If you care for this club then listen to the people and the elcted Councillors and the town MP JACK STRAW.
Time you left Steve Kean and please Venky you will have spend big money now to get BRFC back into the premiership next season.Venky you must spend or sell up.The people of Blackburn,the Blackburn Council and Jack Straw MP wants you to listen to the people of Blackburn ,sack Steve Kean and make more funds avaliable for BRFC.This great football club belongs to people of Blackburn with Darwen.If you care for this club then listen to the people and the elcted Councillors and the town MP JACK STRAW. modan

11:01am Thu 10 May 12

did you smash it? says...

I seem to remember when Venkys took over the reins at the back end of 2010, the main comments on this board were - Hope they sack Allardyce, we are sick of his hoofball negative football etc etc.
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Well you all got your wish, BFS is likely to be managing back in the PL next season wth the Spammers whereas you errr won't.
I seem to remember when Venkys took over the reins at the back end of 2010, the main comments on this board were - Hope they sack Allardyce, we are sick of his hoofball negative football etc etc. . Well you all got your wish, BFS is likely to be managing back in the PL next season wth the Spammers whereas you errr won't. did you smash it?

11:03am Thu 10 May 12

alfa111 says...

A Darener wrote:
There is obviously more to all the goings on than we will ever find out.
The Venky's know they are hated by all of the Rovers' fans (well I hope it's all). But if they were to get rid of Steve Kean immediately they would at least give the fans a 100% boost in their popularity if only for a split second. The flags and bunting would be out all over Blackburn. Indian flags would be carried aloft. We don't need a new manager, just rid of the old. A committee of whoever is left at the club, tea lady, cleaners etc could all pick the team and do a better job than Kean.
Steve kean is paranoid about every one working at ewood its now mentaly hitting him so hard,from the cleaners to the now sacked CEO he is pushing venkys to have a clear out of all those he doesn't trust, reminds me of hitlers last days in his bunker, utter madman
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: There is obviously more to all the goings on than we will ever find out. The Venky's know they are hated by all of the Rovers' fans (well I hope it's all). But if they were to get rid of Steve Kean immediately they would at least give the fans a 100% boost in their popularity if only for a split second. The flags and bunting would be out all over Blackburn. Indian flags would be carried aloft. We don't need a new manager, just rid of the old. A committee of whoever is left at the club, tea lady, cleaners etc could all pick the team and do a better job than Kean.[/p][/quote]Steve kean is paranoid about every one working at ewood its now mentaly hitting him so hard,from the cleaners to the now sacked CEO he is pushing venkys to have a clear out of all those he doesn't trust, reminds me of hitlers last days in his bunker, utter madman alfa111

11:08am Thu 10 May 12

A Darener says...

Skysports reports that Kean says
Paul Robinson is injured and possibly not available for Saturday. More likely he has had a bust up with Paul and he is refusing to play. Good on him if it is true.
Skysports reports that Kean says Paul Robinson is injured and possibly not available for Saturday. More likely he has had a bust up with Paul and he is refusing to play. Good on him if it is true. A Darener

11:09am Thu 10 May 12

makaveli96 says...

The controversial owners of Blackburn Rovers, Venky's, the Indian poultry company, passed the Premier League's financial tests for club ownership easily, chief executive Richard Scudamore said yesterday. He argued that the league could not legislate for plain bad decision-making.

Scudamore conceded that in terms of their management of relegated Blackburn since November 2010, Venky's, run by co-owner Anuradha Desai, had "messed up". But he also said they had unfailingly provided the Premier League with the financial guarantees required from every club – a safeguard put in place after Portsmouth went into administration in 2010. Venky's have taken Blackburn into the Championship, the club having finished 10th the season before they were sold by the Jack Walker family trust. However, Venky's have fulfilled the future financial guarantees and passed the owners' and directors' test.

"I am not going to get dragged into criticising Venkys as people or as owners," Scudamore said. "They have behaved themselves as owners of clubs in terms of what we require of them."

Scudamore met the Desai family before their acquisition of the club to get from them the necessary guarantees of funding. He also points out that former chairman John Williams and former managing director Tom Finn, who sold the club to Venky's, are "no mugs" and went through their due diligence on the company from Pune, in western India.

The Premier League chief executive said that the Venky's approach from the start had been to cut costs and to try to run the club as close to break-even as possible, a not dissimilar strategy to that of Mike Ashley at Newcastle. "One has come off spectacularly well and the other, effectively the wheels have come off," he said. "How do I feel? I feel sorry for the fans at Blackburn because I feel sorry for any fans who are so disconnected from the people who are actually in control. I don't know any club where the fans agree with every decision the owners make but I have never seen a bigger disconnect from the start of the season in terms of what the fans wanted to happen and what was doing.

"I will defend the fact that our rules will only take us so far. They ask are they legal? Is there anything to stop them owning the club? Is there funding in place to keep the club alive? We never test whether they have got enough money to create Premier League champions.

"When they came along and said, 'This is the money we have got, this is our source of funds, this is where we are going to put the money and this is how much we are going to invest,' we all came away from that meeting knowing they weren't going to become champions but it's hard to say breaking even and not losing a lot of money is not a good plan."

All potential new owners have to demonstrate to the Premier League that they have a plan for the club staying in the league and one in the event of relegation, which would appear to give the lie to the suggestion that Venky's were not aware that clubs could be relegated. The Premier League is currently in a similar period of due diligence with the Russian Anton Zingarevich, who is in the process of buying newly-promoted Reading.

"Of course the decisions they have made and their strategy and their management clearly have conspired to relegate them but that has also been true of some very well-run football clubs," Scudamore said. "Wolverhampton Wanderers are an extremely well run football club. No debt. They have an extremely competent chief executive and chairman. The infrastructure is good. They got relegated. Jeremy Peace has run a fantastic football club at West Bromwich Albion and managed to get relegated twice."
The controversial owners of Blackburn Rovers, Venky's, the Indian poultry company, passed the Premier League's financial tests for club ownership easily, chief executive Richard Scudamore said yesterday. He argued that the league could not legislate for plain bad decision-making. Scudamore conceded that in terms of their management of relegated Blackburn since November 2010, Venky's, run by co-owner Anuradha Desai, had "messed up". But he also said they had unfailingly provided the Premier League with the financial guarantees required from every club – a safeguard put in place after Portsmouth went into administration in 2010. Venky's have taken Blackburn into the Championship, the club having finished 10th the season before they were sold by the Jack Walker family trust. However, Venky's have fulfilled the future financial guarantees and passed the owners' and directors' test. "I am not going to get dragged into criticising Venkys as people or as owners," Scudamore said. "They have behaved themselves as owners of clubs in terms of what we require of them." Scudamore met the Desai family before their acquisition of the club to get from them the necessary guarantees of funding. He also points out that former chairman John Williams and former managing director Tom Finn, who sold the club to Venky's, are "no mugs" and went through their due diligence on the company from Pune, in western India. The Premier League chief executive said that the Venky's approach from the start had been to cut costs and to try to run the club as close to break-even as possible, a not dissimilar strategy to that of Mike Ashley at Newcastle. "One has come off spectacularly well and the other, effectively the wheels have come off," he said. "How do I feel? I feel sorry for the fans at Blackburn because I feel sorry for any fans who are so disconnected from the people who are actually in control. I don't know any club where the fans agree with every decision the owners make but I have never seen a bigger disconnect from the start of the season in terms of what the fans wanted to happen and what [the club] was doing. "I will defend the fact that our rules will only take us so far. They ask are they [potential new owners] legal? Is there anything to stop them owning the club? Is there funding in place to keep the club alive? We never test whether they [new owners] have got enough money to create Premier League champions. "When they [Venky's] came along and said, 'This is the money we have got, this is our source of funds, this is where we are going to put the money and this is how much we are going to invest,' we all came away from that meeting knowing they weren't going to become champions but it's hard to say breaking even and not losing a lot of money is not a good plan." All potential new owners have to demonstrate to the Premier League that they have a plan for the club staying in the league and one in the event of relegation, which would appear to give the lie to the suggestion that Venky's were not aware that clubs could be relegated. The Premier League is currently in a similar period of due diligence with the Russian Anton Zingarevich, who is in the process of buying newly-promoted Reading. "Of course the decisions they [Venky's] have made and their strategy and their management clearly have conspired to relegate them but that has also been true of some very well-run football clubs," Scudamore said. "Wolverhampton Wanderers are an extremely well run football club. No debt. They have an extremely competent chief executive and chairman. The infrastructure is good. They got relegated. Jeremy Peace has run a fantastic football club at West Bromwich Albion and managed to get relegated twice." makaveli96

11:12am Thu 10 May 12

craftandgraft says...

Did you squash it.....are you going to Wembley to watch BFC in play - off final?

( BFC a proper club....not bfc your team )

S T E P D O W N K E A N O

Arte et Labore
Did you squash it.....are you going to Wembley to watch BFC in play - off final? ( BFC a proper club....not bfc your team ) S T E P D O W N K E A N O Arte et Labore craftandgraft

11:16am Thu 10 May 12

A Darener says...

Note to LT...Why do you still insist in publishing a photo of the most dispised man in Blackburn. You have been asked many times to change it, but still it stares us in the face everytime we come on the site to read about the evil goings on at BRFC. PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!!
Note to LT...Why do you still insist in publishing a photo of the most dispised man in Blackburn. You have been asked many times to change it, but still it stares us in the face everytime we come on the site to read about the evil goings on at BRFC. PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!! A Darener

11:16am Thu 10 May 12

QuizOnMyFace says...

Thankfully the national media are upping their witch hunt of Kean and Venkys. It is vital that at least Kean is ousted before the start of pre-season, otherwise I am afraid we will slip under the radar in the Championship where we will have no Sky coverage, no MOTD coverage and any protests or boycotts will go largely unnoticed.
Thankfully the national media are upping their witch hunt of Kean and Venkys. It is vital that at least Kean is ousted before the start of pre-season, otherwise I am afraid we will slip under the radar in the Championship where we will have no Sky coverage, no MOTD coverage and any protests or boycotts will go largely unnoticed. QuizOnMyFace

11:19am Thu 10 May 12

Shear_Brilliance says...

A Darener wrote:
Note to LT...Why do you still insist in publishing a photo of the most dispised man in Blackburn. You have been asked many times to change it, but still it stares us in the face everytime we come on the site to read about the evil goings on at BRFC. PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!!
I don't think anyone reads our comments until someone reports them mate.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Note to LT...Why do you still insist in publishing a photo of the most dispised man in Blackburn. You have been asked many times to change it, but still it stares us in the face everytime we come on the site to read about the evil goings on at BRFC. PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!![/p][/quote]I don't think anyone reads our comments until someone reports them mate. Shear_Brilliance

11:24am Thu 10 May 12

Viv says...

So Steve Kean says “I've actually not read the email, I know it's out there and people are telling me little bits of it, I'll take time if I ever get my copy of a full version of it.” - but apparently Mrs Desai FORWARDED the email to Steve Kean when she originally received it. So does he not read his emails, or is he lying again?
So Steve Kean says “I've actually not read the email, I know it's out there and people are telling me little bits of it, I'll take time if I ever get my copy of a full version of it.” - but apparently Mrs Desai FORWARDED the email to Steve Kean when she originally received it. So does he not read his emails, or is he lying again? Viv

11:24am Thu 10 May 12

happycyclist says...

A Darener wrote:
Note to LT...Why do you still insist in publishing a photo of the most dispised man in Blackburn. You have been asked many times to change it, but still it stares us in the face everytime we come on the site to read about the evil goings on at BRFC. PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!!
Seconded.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Note to LT...Why do you still insist in publishing a photo of the most dispised man in Blackburn. You have been asked many times to change it, but still it stares us in the face everytime we come on the site to read about the evil goings on at BRFC. PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!![/p][/quote]Seconded. happycyclist

11:27am Thu 10 May 12

thresholdweller says...

When your budget is out of synch, as it is at Rovers, you have to balance maximising income and minimising expenditure. Kean/Venkys are clearly trying to reduce expenditure by getting rid of large wage earners and giving cheaper, youth a chance. I can see the need for this, but it needs explaining to the fans. The big problem now is income. The poor results, lack of communication from Venkys and bizarre comments from Steve Kean, have alienated almost all fans. Many have decided not to give money to the club as they believe it not being put to good use. Attendances have fallen, season tickets are not being renewed, merchandise not being bought. A shirt sponsor could not be found last year - though the result was publicity for the excellent Princes Trust. We have have not had a Chief Executive and now that Paul Hunt appears to have gone, we do not have a Deputy Chief Executive. Relations with the local media appear to have broken down. If income is to increase, we need a Chief Exec appointed, power given to him/her and they have to start rebuilding and explaining the strategy to fans by developing good relations with the local media. I can't see it happening though. I see Rovers becoming the football equivalent of one of those old boats we see rotting in estuaries. Someone once owned them, but neglected them, lost interest and then forgot about them.
When your budget is out of synch, as it is at Rovers, you have to balance maximising income and minimising expenditure. Kean/Venkys are clearly trying to reduce expenditure by getting rid of large wage earners and giving cheaper, youth a chance. I can see the need for this, but it needs explaining to the fans. The big problem now is income. The poor results, lack of communication from Venkys and bizarre comments from Steve Kean, have alienated almost all fans. Many have decided not to give money to the club as they believe it not being put to good use. Attendances have fallen, season tickets are not being renewed, merchandise not being bought. A shirt sponsor could not be found last year - though the result was publicity for the excellent Princes Trust. We have have not had a Chief Executive and now that Paul Hunt appears to have gone, we do not have a Deputy Chief Executive. Relations with the local media appear to have broken down. If income is to increase, we need a Chief Exec appointed, power given to him/her and they have to start rebuilding and explaining the strategy to fans by developing good relations with the local media. I can't see it happening though. I see Rovers becoming the football equivalent of one of those old boats we see rotting in estuaries. Someone once owned them, but neglected them, lost interest and then forgot about them. thresholdweller

11:33am Thu 10 May 12

no ney never says...

Shear_Brilliance wrote:
no ney never wrote:
What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting.
Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now!

Howe the lads
You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn.

I would not wish this on any team including Burnley.

They can try but they'll never destroy our club.
Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels.
Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you.
You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc.
I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise.
So yes absolutely lovin' it!

Howe the lads
[quote][p][bold]Shear_Brilliance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting. Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn. I would not wish this on any team including Burnley. They can try but they'll never destroy our club.[/p][/quote]Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels. Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you. You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc. I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise. So yes absolutely lovin' it! Howe the lads no ney never

11:37am Thu 10 May 12

A Darener says...

I see Rovers becoming the football equivalent of one of those old boats we see rotting in estuaries. Someone once owned them, but neglected them, lost interest and then forgot about them.
And in a few years time, Tony Robinson and the Time Team will dig the club up and try and make sense of the broken bits they find. A deflated football here, a bit of goalpost there. The remains of a once proud club. History will show that we were once Premium league champions, founder members of the Football league and the PL. A History for a small town club and its populus to be proud of until it withered and died in the dust of India.
I see Rovers becoming the football equivalent of one of those old boats we see rotting in estuaries. Someone once owned them, but neglected them, lost interest and then forgot about them. And in a few years time, Tony Robinson and the Time Team will dig the club up and try and make sense of the broken bits they find. A deflated football here, a bit of goalpost there. The remains of a once proud club. History will show that we were once Premium league champions, founder members of the Football league and the PL. A History for a small town club and its populus to be proud of until it withered and died in the dust of India. A Darener

11:53am Thu 10 May 12

givet82 says...

no ney never wrote:
Shear_Brilliance wrote:
no ney never wrote:
What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting.
Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now!

Howe the lads
You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn.

I would not wish this on any team including Burnley.

They can try but they'll never destroy our club.
Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels.
Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you.
You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc.
I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise.
So yes absolutely lovin' it!

Howe the lads
really well i know for a fact that your so bitter because we stuff you every single time we play you,,we can't help being better that your team and we still are,,what really makes us rover's fans laugh is that you burnley fans are trying to look down there noses at us when there club is the biggest sell out of them all,we don't even have to mock you because your corrupt board does it for you!and by the way 34 years and counting bring it on.p.s please play "the beast" against us ha ha.howe the lads
[quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shear_Brilliance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting. Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn. I would not wish this on any team including Burnley. They can try but they'll never destroy our club.[/p][/quote]Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels. Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you. You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc. I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise. So yes absolutely lovin' it! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]really well i know for a fact that your so bitter because we stuff you every single time we play you,,we can't help being better that your team and we still are,,what really makes us rover's fans laugh is that you burnley fans are trying to look down there noses at us when there club is the biggest sell out of them all,we don't even have to mock you because your corrupt board does it for you!and by the way 34 years and counting bring it on.p.s please play "the beast" against us ha ha.howe the lads givet82

12:03pm Thu 10 May 12

100%rovers0%kean0%venkys says...

lets not start turning this into a rovers v burnley slagging off page, theres far more serious issues to discuss !!!!!!!!
lets not start turning this into a rovers v burnley slagging off page, theres far more serious issues to discuss !!!!!!!! 100%rovers0%kean0%venkys

12:17pm Thu 10 May 12

dallydally says...

Do't rise to the ludicrous attempts by this Dingle to wind you up. Any football supporter of whatever club would see this at Rovers for what it is - the systematic dismantling/asset stripping of an established business. I wouldn't wish it on any club or its supporters - even Burnley - as despicable behaviour needs calling for what it is. I enjoy the banter between the clubs as much as anyone does but lets keep it all in perspective and don't forget "what goes around, comes around"
Do't rise to the ludicrous attempts by this Dingle to wind you up. Any football supporter of whatever club would see this at Rovers for what it is - the systematic dismantling/asset stripping of an established business. I wouldn't wish it on any club or its supporters - even Burnley - as despicable behaviour needs calling for what it is. I enjoy the banter between the clubs as much as anyone does but lets keep it all in perspective and don't forget "what goes around, comes around" dallydally

12:24pm Thu 10 May 12

craftandgraft says...

Andsoffmyson is the CEO.

It is actually criminal....even if he's running BRFC through MUPPET KEANO.

They're not as clever as they think they are....ask Rupert Murdoch!

Arte et Labore
ps. can't wait for next season...I'm sure Jack's statue winked at me on Monday night.
Andsoffmyson is the CEO. It is actually criminal....even if he's running BRFC through MUPPET KEANO. They're not as clever as they think they are....ask Rupert Murdoch! Arte et Labore ps. can't wait for next season...I'm sure Jack's statue winked at me on Monday night. craftandgraft

12:27pm Thu 10 May 12

Shear_Brilliance says...

no ney never wrote:
Shear_Brilliance wrote:
no ney never wrote:
What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting.
Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now!

Howe the lads
You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn.

I would not wish this on any team including Burnley.

They can try but they'll never destroy our club.
Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels.
Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you.
You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc.
I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise.
So yes absolutely lovin' it!

Howe the lads
Let's be honest this goes far beyond just simply relegation like you said the destruction of our club nothing like this has ever happened to Burnley and nobody deserves it.

We took the p*ss the season you got relegated yes but like I said I don't know anyone in the right mind who would wish potential destruction of another football fans club and how the hell could you have predicted it?

I don't think your fans would set back and let this happen to your club either.

To be fair we've had a excellent run in the Premier League and although it's hard to take relegation wasn't the worst thing in the world.

The fact of losing our club completely is what we are facing.

The plane flying over Ewood spelling out 'In Venky's we trust' before the game proves how either small minded or heartless your type really are.

I've never had a problem with our local rivalry and I love the banter.

I have a friend who is a Burnley fan and rubbed it in my face about us being relegated yes it obviously winds me up but you get over it but to "shovel on us" about our club being destroyed that's just well..... I expect more from any football fan even from a Burnley.

I don't think any Blackburn fan in the right mind would laugh at the expense of Burnley fans losing their club.
[quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shear_Brilliance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting. Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn. I would not wish this on any team including Burnley. They can try but they'll never destroy our club.[/p][/quote]Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels. Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you. You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc. I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise. So yes absolutely lovin' it! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]Let's be honest this goes far beyond just simply relegation like you said the destruction of our club nothing like this has ever happened to Burnley and nobody deserves it. We took the p*ss the season you got relegated yes but like I said I don't know anyone in the right mind who would wish potential destruction of another football fans club and how the hell could you have predicted it? I don't think your fans would set back and let this happen to your club either. To be fair we've had a excellent run in the Premier League and although it's hard to take relegation wasn't the worst thing in the world. The fact of losing our club completely is what we are facing. The plane flying over Ewood spelling out 'In Venky's we trust' before the game proves how either small minded or heartless your type really are. I've never had a problem with our local rivalry and I love the banter. I have a friend who is a Burnley fan and rubbed it in my face about us being relegated yes it obviously winds me up but you get over it but to "shovel on us" about our club being destroyed that's just well..... I expect more from any football fan even from a Burnley. I don't think any Blackburn fan in the right mind would laugh at the expense of Burnley fans losing their club. Shear_Brilliance

12:43pm Thu 10 May 12

Bazzer says...

did you smash it? wrote:
I seem to remember when Venkys took over the reins at the back end of 2010, the main comments on this board were - Hope they sack Allardyce, we are sick of his hoofball negative football etc etc. . Well you all got your wish, BFS is likely to be managing back in the PL next season wth the Spammers whereas you errr won't.
There were some vociferous exceptions you know, so your comment "you all got your wish" is incorrect.
[quote][p][bold]did you smash it?[/bold] wrote: I seem to remember when Venkys took over the reins at the back end of 2010, the main comments on this board were - Hope they sack Allardyce, we are sick of his hoofball negative football etc etc. . Well you all got your wish, BFS is likely to be managing back in the PL next season wth the Spammers whereas you errr won't.[/p][/quote]There were some vociferous exceptions you know, so your comment "you all got your wish" is incorrect. Bazzer

1:01pm Thu 10 May 12

SoBlue says...

dallydally wrote:
Do't rise to the ludicrous attempts by this Dingle to wind you up. Any football supporter of whatever club would see this at Rovers for what it is - the systematic dismantling/asset stripping of an established business. I wouldn't wish it on any club or its supporters - even Burnley - as despicable behaviour needs calling for what it is. I enjoy the banter between the clubs as much as anyone does but lets keep it all in perspective and don't forget "what goes around, comes around"
Yeah ignore them they'll get over it. They're burning up with resentment because we've had the opportunity to gloat until now. They forget they were exactly the same in the 70s when they were two divisions above us, no end of banter. To most it's just banter, to some it's a reason for genuine hatred.

We've been relegated before, a few times. It's not nice, but this is a completely different feeling. Relegation I can handle, this is the wilful dismantling of a club.
[quote][p][bold]dallydally[/bold] wrote: Do't rise to the ludicrous attempts by this Dingle to wind you up. Any football supporter of whatever club would see this at Rovers for what it is - the systematic dismantling/asset stripping of an established business. I wouldn't wish it on any club or its supporters - even Burnley - as despicable behaviour needs calling for what it is. I enjoy the banter between the clubs as much as anyone does but lets keep it all in perspective and don't forget "what goes around, comes around"[/p][/quote]Yeah ignore them they'll get over it. They're burning up with resentment because we've had the opportunity to gloat until now. They forget they were exactly the same in the 70s when they were two divisions above us, no end of banter. To most it's just banter, to some it's a reason for genuine hatred. We've been relegated before, a few times. It's not nice, but this is a completely different feeling. Relegation I can handle, this is the wilful dismantling of a club. SoBlue

1:02pm Thu 10 May 12

craftandgraft says...

Du thay tech peapul to smell in Burnlie?

S T E P D O W N K E A N O

Arte et Labore
Ps.what odds on the double over our friends near Yarksheeer?
Du thay tech peapul to smell in Burnlie? S T E P D O W N K E A N O Arte et Labore Ps.what odds on the double over our friends near Yarksheeer? craftandgraft

1:06pm Thu 10 May 12

Alibick says...

100%rovers0%kean0%ve
nkys
wrote:
put radio rovers on after monday`s game and they were all saying there goodbye`s to each other because THEY DIDN`T know if the station would be running next season !!!!
Yes it was quite startling hearing Gerald Jackson very much preparing for the worst. You have to assume that they know or think they know something. And he also made it clear, in Gerald's most discreet and diplomatic way that, whilst they have held an opinion re: Venkys and Kean, they, as employees at the club, have not been able to say what they have wanted to. It gave me goosebumps - another sign of a plan to cut out everything that is good, decent and in full working condition at our club. I canot express how angry I am, yes, with the lying, incompetent, thoroughly shameful goons destroying BRFC, but more so at present with the footballing world and media. They haven't been blind, I believe, to the corruption and incompetence. They have known exactly where all this was going, and have been whooping at their luck that V and SK came along to get rid of Unfashionable Tinpot Northern Rovers, and destroy over a century of pride and reputation, on their behalf. They have pumped out shockingly one sided reports and given Sir Kean a comfy seat and airtime all too often to spout Venky's untruths whilst patting his back and demonising the evil fans, all to keep the country off V and SK's back whilst they clowned their way down the league. And,like our friends over in Yorkshire celebrated over Ewood, "In Venky's have they all trusted". It seems Agent Kean of the Clarets was working even longer hours, moonlighting for the Big Clubs Only For The PL Brigade to get us back down to where small family clubs **** well belong!!! Whilst MPs and local papers, perhaps even the odd national football writer, will try to keep this shocking, inexcusable corruption and greed in the headlines (please Andy!!), the TV media will still refuse to push the questions and demand that SK and V account for the horror story they have produced, and instead they ll hope it ll all go away and show pictures of chickens. Whatever Paul Hunt's personal opinions and motives were whilst at the club, he did do the decent thing all round. He gave Kean a chance, then he saw the mess we were in and approached the owners. Not on 8th May 2012, when the media breathed a sigh of relief that we were gone, then showed false sympathy about this awful situation that they hadn't known anything about, but in December when he just couldn't hand out any more chances. It seems, like the fans, he was ignored. An investigation by FA is obviously needed, but we all know is highly unlikely to be called. The systematic destruction of our club, with 18 months of warning signs and holes ignored could make for a very exciting, yet wholly unbelieveable edition of Seconds from Disaster. "Of course", the viewers would laugh,"this couldn't possibly have happened. The Premier League, the FA would have stepped in before they crashed into League One and below!" I'm so frustrated. Perhaps we should get Dr Who, Matt Smith to kick up a fuss - bet Sky would give him a right to reply!
[quote][p][bold]100%rovers0%kean0%ve nkys[/bold] wrote: put radio rovers on after monday`s game and they were all saying there goodbye`s to each other because THEY DIDN`T know if the station would be running next season !!!![/p][/quote]Yes it was quite startling hearing Gerald Jackson very much preparing for the worst. You have to assume that they know or think they know something. And he also made it clear, in Gerald's most discreet and diplomatic way that, whilst they have held an opinion re: Venkys and Kean, they, as employees at the club, have not been able to say what they have wanted to. It gave me goosebumps - another sign of a plan to cut out everything that is good, decent and in full working condition at our club. I canot express how angry I am, yes, with the lying, incompetent, thoroughly shameful goons destroying BRFC, but more so at present with the footballing world and media. They haven't been blind, I believe, to the corruption and incompetence. They have known exactly where all this was going, and have been whooping at their luck that V and SK came along to get rid of Unfashionable Tinpot Northern Rovers, and destroy over a century of pride and reputation, on their behalf. They have pumped out shockingly one sided reports and given Sir Kean a comfy seat and airtime all too often to spout Venky's untruths whilst patting his back and demonising the evil fans, all to keep the country off V and SK's back whilst they clowned their way down the league. And,like our friends over in Yorkshire celebrated over Ewood, "In Venky's have they all trusted". It seems Agent Kean of the Clarets was working even longer hours, moonlighting for the Big Clubs Only For The PL Brigade to get us back down to where small family clubs **** well belong!!! Whilst MPs and local papers, perhaps even the odd national football writer, will try to keep this shocking, inexcusable corruption and greed in the headlines (please Andy!!), the TV media will still refuse to push the questions and demand that SK and V account for the horror story they have produced, and instead they ll hope it ll all go away and show pictures of chickens. Whatever Paul Hunt's personal opinions and motives were whilst at the club, he did do the decent thing all round. He gave Kean a chance, then he saw the mess we were in and approached the owners. Not on 8th May 2012, when the media breathed a sigh of relief that we were gone, then showed false sympathy about this awful situation that they hadn't known anything about, but in December when he just couldn't hand out any more chances. It seems, like the fans, he was ignored. An investigation by FA is obviously needed, but we all know is highly unlikely to be called. The systematic destruction of our club, with 18 months of warning signs and holes ignored could make for a very exciting, yet wholly unbelieveable edition of Seconds from Disaster. "Of course", the viewers would laugh,"this couldn't possibly have happened. The Premier League, the FA would have stepped in before they crashed into League One and below!" I'm so frustrated. Perhaps we should get Dr Who, Matt Smith to kick up a fuss - bet Sky would give him a right to reply! Alibick

1:20pm Thu 10 May 12

craftandgraft says...

Any STrenewals can legitimately be cancelled under The Sale Of Goods Act.

Watching football matches normally involves both teams trying to score.

S T E P D O W N K E A NO

Arte et Labore
ps all monies from anywhere can be traced forensically
Any STrenewals can legitimately be cancelled under The Sale Of Goods Act. Watching football matches normally involves both teams trying to score. S T E P D O W N K E A NO Arte et Labore ps all monies from anywhere can be traced forensically craftandgraft

1:24pm Thu 10 May 12

rovertakenmb says...

Anyone who is holding up Hunt to be some kind of martyr is wrong in my view. He may not have been Kean or Desai but he was no true blue - just another employee making a career for himself.

www.rovertaken.co.uk
Anyone who is holding up Hunt to be some kind of martyr is wrong in my view. He may not have been Kean or Desai but he was no true blue - just another employee making a career for himself. www.rovertaken.co.uk rovertakenmb

1:37pm Thu 10 May 12

Sherwoodforest says...

BREAKING NEWS................
....................
..

Legendary manager Steve (DIGNITY) Kean.....set to sign new 5yr contract as CEO/MD/SECRETARY/PRE
SS OFFICER/MANAGER/CHEF
/GROUNDSMAN and OVERLORD


although we could not get anyone to confirm this apart from Sir Steve Kean Esq
BREAKING NEWS................ .................... .. Legendary manager Steve (DIGNITY) Kean.....set to sign new 5yr contract as CEO/MD/SECRETARY/PRE SS OFFICER/MANAGER/CHEF /GROUNDSMAN and OVERLORD although we could not get anyone to confirm this apart from Sir Steve Kean Esq Sherwoodforest

1:46pm Thu 10 May 12

happycyclist says...

rovertakenmb wrote:
Anyone who is holding up Hunt to be some kind of martyr is wrong in my view. He may not have been Kean or Desai but he was no true blue - just another employee making a career for himself.

www.rovertaken.co.uk
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]rovertakenmb[/bold] wrote: Anyone who is holding up Hunt to be some kind of martyr is wrong in my view. He may not have been Kean or Desai but he was no true blue - just another employee making a career for himself. www.rovertaken.co.uk[/p][/quote]Well said. happycyclist

1:57pm Thu 10 May 12

craftandgraft says...

They all have to be complicit.....blues or not.

Directors willing to take £ 750 000 per anum out of our club are and have been taking the p£ss.

S T E P D O W N K E A N O

Arte et Labore
ps apparently keano's spend at the hairdresser's in 12 months amounted to £ 24 000 ... what a pi££ock
They all have to be complicit.....blues or not. Directors willing to take £ 750 000 per anum out of our club are and have been taking the p£ss. S T E P D O W N K E A N O Arte et Labore ps apparently keano's spend at the hairdresser's in 12 months amounted to £ 24 000 ... what a pi££ock craftandgraft

2:05pm Thu 10 May 12

craftandgraft says...

sh!t... just realised..... he hasn't got any hair!

Another fiddle.

S T E P D O W N B A L D E E

Arte et Labore
ps apologies to any bald people out there who aren't robbing BRFC blind
sh!t... just realised..... he hasn't got any hair! Another fiddle. S T E P D O W N B A L D E E Arte et Labore ps apologies to any bald people out there who aren't robbing BRFC blind craftandgraft

2:49pm Thu 10 May 12

MxMave says...

How dare an acting CEO recommend the removal of a manager.

Thats almost like the manager of a company sacking a thieving emloyee.
How dare an acting CEO recommend the removal of a manager. Thats almost like the manager of a company sacking a thieving emloyee. MxMave

2:51pm Thu 10 May 12

no ney never says...

Shear_Brilliance wrote:
no ney never wrote:
Shear_Brilliance wrote:
no ney never wrote:
What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting.
Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now!

Howe the lads
You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn.

I would not wish this on any team including Burnley.

They can try but they'll never destroy our club.
Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels.
Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you.
You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc.
I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise.
So yes absolutely lovin' it!

Howe the lads
Let's be honest this goes far beyond just simply relegation like you said the destruction of our club nothing like this has ever happened to Burnley and nobody deserves it.

We took the p*ss the season you got relegated yes but like I said I don't know anyone in the right mind who would wish potential destruction of another football fans club and how the hell could you have predicted it?

I don't think your fans would set back and let this happen to your club either.

To be fair we've had a excellent run in the Premier League and although it's hard to take relegation wasn't the worst thing in the world.

The fact of losing our club completely is what we are facing.

The plane flying over Ewood spelling out 'In Venky's we trust' before the game proves how either small minded or heartless your type really are.

I've never had a problem with our local rivalry and I love the banter.

I have a friend who is a Burnley fan and rubbed it in my face about us being relegated yes it obviously winds me up but you get over it but to "shovel on us" about our club being destroyed that's just well..... I expect more from any football fan even from a Burnley.

I don't think any Blackburn fan in the right mind would laugh at the expense of Burnley fans losing their club.
oh really, well maybe you ought to have a look through the archive.
I will repeat that I have never wished for the destruction of your club and do not now. I sincerely wish you all the best in that rerspect. Mr Kilby is stepping down and we become mis-guided too, so i'm simply reminding you of the behviour experienced by bstrds during our demise last time in the hope you may be more understanding next time.
good luck

Howe the lads
[quote][p][bold]Shear_Brilliance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shear_Brilliance[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]no ney never[/bold] wrote: What's great for us Clarets about your demise is that this relegation is not just a simple failure of football issues, its that your club is totally being distroyed. This is more than even we were expecting. Its nothing more than you deserve given the opinion you have of yourselves, expressed on here many times...well look at you now! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]You are an idiot and clearly have no love for this sport but just obsessive hatred for Blackburn. I would not wish this on any team including Burnley. They can try but they'll never destroy our club.[/p][/quote]Strange then how you've all taken the pss over the years as the same thing happened to Burnley! Now you realise how it feels. Don't think I wished it to happen to you but have been waiting for it, knowing it would come one day, and here it is. So you can kiss my rse if you think for one minute that i'm not going to take this opportunity to shovel it on you. You deserve it anyway for the way you think you could treat people simply because you were in the prem. Managers, rivals, etc. I've said before that i'm sad for the 'prestige' of the north west area but not for you bstrds who have posted what you have over the years about our demise. So yes absolutely lovin' it! Howe the lads[/p][/quote]Let's be honest this goes far beyond just simply relegation like you said the destruction of our club nothing like this has ever happened to Burnley and nobody deserves it. We took the p*ss the season you got relegated yes but like I said I don't know anyone in the right mind who would wish potential destruction of another football fans club and how the hell could you have predicted it? I don't think your fans would set back and let this happen to your club either. To be fair we've had a excellent run in the Premier League and although it's hard to take relegation wasn't the worst thing in the world. The fact of losing our club completely is what we are facing. The plane flying over Ewood spelling out 'In Venky's we trust' before the game proves how either small minded or heartless your type really are. I've never had a problem with our local rivalry and I love the banter. I have a friend who is a Burnley fan and rubbed it in my face about us being relegated yes it obviously winds me up but you get over it but to "shovel on us" about our club being destroyed that's just well..... I expect more from any football fan even from a Burnley. I don't think any Blackburn fan in the right mind would laugh at the expense of Burnley fans losing their club.[/p][/quote]oh really, well maybe you ought to have a look through the archive. I will repeat that I have never wished for the destruction of your club and do not now. I sincerely wish you all the best in that rerspect. Mr Kilby is stepping down and we become mis-guided too, so i'm simply reminding you of the behviour experienced by bstrds during our demise last time in the hope you may be more understanding next time. good luck Howe the lads no ney never

6:25pm Thu 10 May 12

maltese blue n white says...

Kean... You may have the full backing of the Venky's, you may be able to manipulate the media, but the fans saw through you long ago.. As did Paul Hunt and the players... Time to go..
Kean... You may have the full backing of the Venky's, you may be able to manipulate the media, but the fans saw through you long ago.. As did Paul Hunt and the players... Time to go.. maltese blue n white

7:24pm Thu 10 May 12

aaman1 says...

I have another £5 on Chelsea to beat Rovers at the weekend.william hill the bookies have given me a few bob this season.keep it up mr kean you are making me rich!!!!!....
I have another £5 on Chelsea to beat Rovers at the weekend.william hill the bookies have given me a few bob this season.keep it up mr kean you are making me rich!!!!!.... aaman1

9:56pm Thu 10 May 12

Melanie :-) says...

Visit this web site.

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Introduction:
There have been unacceptable levels of abuse aimed at Blackburn Rovers supporters from the national media, footballers, football managers and football fans throughout the country since the protest's against Steve Kean, The Venky's and Jerome Anderson began.

I hope that the information on this page will go some way towards redressing that.

I am totally biased.
There is nothing impartial in anything I write about Blackburn Rovers, the Protest Movement or Steve Kean, Jerome Anderson and The Venky's.
I support the actions of the various protest groups 100%.
I support the actions of any spontanious organic protests as and when they arise 100%.
I support Blackburn Rovers Football Club 100%.
0% Steve Kean.
0% Jerome Anderson.
0% Venky's.

There has been too much disrespect shown, particularly in the corporate media towards the protestors, their aims and their objectives. Therefore, it is left to alternative media sources such as this to provide some perspective.

However, in some cases I have relied upon corporate media sources for some information as there have been honourable individual exceptions - but that does not alter the fact that the corporate media as an institution has in most cases treated the protesters with disdain.

It is an obvious though seldom acknowledged reality that Steve Kean had nine months as manager of Blackburn Rovers before a single protest began.

So, why did the protest movement begin?

This is an important question, to understand the protest movement we must first understand the context within which it arose.

Blackburn Rovers were once regarded as one of the most efficiently and well administered football clubs in English football. A model football club, a model to emulate and imitate - and many did try to "do a Blackburn" - but failed.

Above all, Blackburn Rovers represented something of an anomaly, regarded as a huge football club - in a small town; perhaps the only football club in world football to be thought of as such - a beacon of hope to 'under dogs' everywhere, yet resented at the same time: A well respected club within the game but despised by neutral fans jealous of the clubs stature and historical significance and disliked in the corporate media based largely in London, resentful of a small northern town football club's plucky resilience.

This is to be expected. England resents success. BRFC and its supporters have long been despised for winning The Premier League in 1995.

Four months before he died in 2001, Jack Walker gave an interview to reassure Blackburn Rovers supporters that he had made provision for the club. "A number of years ago I put in place a family trust structure to own my various business interests, including Blackburn Rovers," he explained. "This structure ensures continuity of management and provides the necessary financial support for all my businesses for the foreseeable future. I have made known my wishes to my colleagues, whom I am confident will carry forward the policies necessary to promote and enlarge all my business interests."

The trust, which was registered in Jersey, was run by a board of trustees. They rarely spoke publicly, but when Jack Walker died the trust chairman, the Jersey solicitor Paul Egerton-Vernon, did make a statement: "The club is provided for the foreseeable future."

The terms of the instructions Jack Walker left the trustees were never disclosed, but Egerton-Vernon explained that Rovers would be subsidised by other assets in the Walker portfolio, which included property and the Jersey-based airline, Flybe. "There seems to be a misunderstanding that there is an ever-shrinking pot of money available," he said. "That is not the case. There are other businesses apart from the club which generate profits which are available."

From 2002 the Walker Family Trust donated £3million a year to the club, helping to give it a competitive edge over similar sized clubs.

In 2005, with the £3m that was loaned interest-free to the club, the Walker investment in Blackburn Rovers had reached £97million.

Then, finally, the trustees decided they had spent enough.

Jack Walker had charged them with growing his businesses financially and, although they did not explain their decision, it is assumed they viewed the club as a drain. The family, although the beneficiaries of their father's estate, were not understood to have had any formal involvement in its administration.

And so in the summer of 2005 the trustees of the Jack Walker Settlement decided to sell the club, and appointed the bank Rothschild, which previously handled the disastrous sale of Liverpool to Tom Hicks and George Gillett, to find the right buyer for Rovers. Chris Ronnie, the chief executive of retailer JJB Sports, had publicly declared his interest and was said by informed sources to be ahead of any other parties that were looking at the club.

In 2006, Blackburn Rovers announced that Walker's trustees had converted £14m of loans into shares, then in January 2007 they converted a further £80m into shares.

In 2007 the Walker Family Trust stop funding the club.

It was a little-noticed paragraph in the club's accounts, published in January 2008, which announced that the trustees had stopped funding the club back in 2007.

The news was phrased somewhat obliquely by John Williams, the chairman, generally admired as a shrewd guiding force. He insisted the decision was not irreversible. "Given the new TV deal, the trustees see no immediate requirement to invest further (having donated £3m a year since 2002)," he wrote. "In a climate of emerging markets overseas, buoyant domestic TV revenues and rarity value leading to capital growth, they are in no hurry to sell. Focus is on finding a suitable investor to take the club forward beyond the Jack Walker dynasty."

John Williams hoped the search for a new owner would bring in a football enthusiast, prepared to take a bet on a club with potential, rather than a merchant bringing debt or eyeing a quick profit.

Enter the Venky's, SEM, Kentaro, Jerome Anderson and Steve Kean.

When the Venky's bought Blackburn Rovers in 2011, it was not a football club in free-fall, it was not a football club that was in decline; it was a progressive and steady football club skillfully guided by John Williams and his team.

After the Venky's takeover:

2010-2011 Season: Sam Allardyce sacked 13 Dec 2010

2010-2011 Season: Steve Kean appointed manager till the end of the season 22 Dec 2010

2010-2011 Season: Letter written by senior figures at Blackburn Rovers to the club’s co-owner expressing concerns at the way the club was being run. 4 Jan 2011

2010-2011 Season: With poor results and the threat of relegation, Kean handed 3 year contract. 20 Jan 2011

2010-2011 Season: Chairman John Williams resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 14 years. Feb 2011

2010-2011 Season: Managing Director Tom Finn resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 15 years. May 2011

2010-2011 Season: Blackburn Survive in the Premier League on the final day of the season. 22 May 2011

During pre season: Manchester United confirmed that they had reached an agreement to sign promising Rovers starlet Phil Jones on a five-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee, which was believed to be at least £16.5m. This was a huge blow the team and the fans; Phil Jones was a local Lancashire lad, Rovers fan and an integral part of the team and a product of Jack Walkers legacy - The Blackburn Rovers Youth Academy. 13 Jun 2011

During pre season: Myles Anderson the son of Jerome Anderson (SEM/Kentaro), signs for Blackburn Rovers, no appearance to date.

2011-2012 Season: Steve Kean banned for drink driving blaming Rovers fans for lacing his drink. 15 Aug 2011

2011-2012 Season: Blackburn Rovers suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 60 years after 1-0 loss to Everton; Kean reveals in interview with the Lancashire Telegraph that he is untroubled by Blackburn Rovers' start to the season. 27 Aug 2011

2011-2012 Season: Fans Stage first Protest. 17 Sep 2011

All this in the context of what had hitherto been a well run football club with excellent lines of open communication with its fans and which was a symbol of pride to the community it represented; something of an oddity in today’s multiplatinum sophisticated world of corporate finance and obscene footballers wages and agent fees.

Some Rovers fans felt that the Venky's clearly knew how to run a business, having built up their own poultry and pharmaceutical empire in India and having passed the Premier League's due diligence test; it was also felt that the Walkers Family Trust would have administered their own due diligence on the Venky's and would not have sold the club to quick profit merchants, risking Jack Walkers legacy.

Opinions of the departure of Phil Jones were mixed but the general consensus was that the promising young player could at least have given Rovers one more season but would eventually have left no matter who was in charge and had at least moved to the biggest football club in the world.

At the same time it was felt by many that Jones' departure was the true end of the Walker Era, it was the final poke in the eye to Jack Walkers legacy; the feeling being that Rovers had now become nothing more than a finishing school for Manchester United. Meanwhile, the national media where completely ignorant of who Phil Jones actually was and what his symbolic and footballing importance to the club and its fans represented.

By now it was becoming increasingly clear that the club was entering a new era - but at least Rovers were playing a better brand of football. The Venky's also kept season ticket prices down, renamed the famous Blackburn End in honour of a club legend - Ronnie Clayton - and had donated the historic and famous Rovers shirt to a worthy charity - The Princes Trust - when it would have been much easier to drop their own brand name on top of the famous Blue 'n' white halves.

And so some Rovers fans were still prepared to give the Venky's a chance to prove themselves, believing that if guilty of anything, they had perhaps been naive: linking the club with footballing superstars was only going to result in mockery - that was not their fault - but that is football snobbery and the culture of the English. The London media does not react so snootily when small mediocre southern clubs like Portsmouth and Fulham are linked with Maradonna but they do when Blackburn Rovers are, because to them, Blackburn is a dirty northern slum town; cloth caps, whippets and cobbled streets.

However naive the Venky's were, it was felt that they needed to improve their PR by attended home games and speaking to the fans on BBC Radio Lancashire or through the Lancashire Telegraph about their vision for the club; even an open fans forum at Ewood Park was mooted - but despite repeated pleas from the fans for communication - silence.

The Venky's completely shunned the Rovers faithful, displaying that peculiarly Indian form of arrogance, hubris - completely ignoring the fans - whom they are there to serve.

It was also becoming increasingly clear that the Venky's felt that they could run the football club from India; summoning Steve Kean, a first time manager with no experience in the role, let alone at one of the most historic clubs in the game, competing in what is considered by many to be the best football league in the world to monthly meetings on the sub continent. Steve Kean was summoned to Pune, India, once a month to discuss progress with the Venky's. This was the only guidance Kean had and many fans felt some sympathy.

Initially, however, the focus of unrest on the slopes of Ewood Park were directed mainly at Steve Kean. After all, he buys the players, sells players, picks the team, chooses the tactics and substitutions and is the main interface between the club, the media and the fans.

It is against this backdrop that the protest movement was born.

For the majority of the fans the protests have become the norm at Ewood Park, as supporters of Blackburn Rovers have voiced their concerns over the direction of the football club that they have supported unconditionally throughout their lives.

Throughout this time the club - now in new hands - have manipulated the media by strategically implementing a smear campaign against its own supporters by painting Steve Kean as the victim.

The protestors have also beendemonised by Jerome Anderson on SKY Sports, Steve Kean and a significant minority of fellow Rovers supporters opposed to the protests; for their efforts, the Protestors have been blamed for the teams poor performances and bad results and labeled "disgusting", a "mob", "the worst fans in the country", and as Kevin Gallacher the former Rovers favourite, to his eternal shame wrote in The Telegraph, "an embarrassment".

The protestors have not only had to endure much ongoing ridicule from their loyal opposites in the national media - but damning criticisms from fans of other clubs around the country - writing and phoning national radio stations, quivering and palpitating with sanctimonious indignation, wagging their fingers, cluck-cluck clucking and tut-tuting at the "horrendous" behaviour of the Blackburn Rovers fans.

There has also been no shortage of pundits, journalists, footballers, ex-footballers, football managers and ex-football mangers queing up to robustly defend Steve Kean and smear the Blackburn Rovers supporters.

One can to some extent understand some of the criticisms from football fans of other clubs, after all, they have been subject to intense media brainwashing as the corporate clique's and their cronies have banded together against the protesting Rovers fans.

And that is the point. These protesting fans represent the 'little man', working-class people desperately trying to cling onto and protect the heritage of a footballing institution that was born in their town during footballs formative years.

This is David and Goliath stuff, the mega money men of SEM, Kentaro, The Venky's, SKY SPORTS, mediocre multi millionaire footballers and parasitic pundits on triple figure salaries who do not pay to watch Premier League football; the most expensive football matches in Europe and footballers who can earn more in one week than many do in 15 years and more in one month than many do in a life time.

To blame the fans of Blackburn Rovers for the plight of the football club is despicable.

It is against this backdrop that the protests continue.Visit this web site.

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Introduction:
There have been unacceptable levels of abuse aimed at Blackburn Rovers supporters from the national media, footballers, football managers and football fans throughout the country since the protest's against Steve Kean, The Venky's and Jerome Anderson began.

I hope that the information on this page will go some way towards redressing that.

I am totally biased.
There is nothing impartial in anything I write about Blackburn Rovers, the Protest Movement or Steve Kean, Jerome Anderson and The Venky's.
I support the actions of the various protest groups 100%.
I support the actions of any spontanious organic protests as and when they arise 100%.
I support Blackburn Rovers Football Club 100%.
0% Steve Kean.
0% Jerome Anderson.
0% Venky's.

There has been too much disrespect shown, particularly in the corporate media towards the protestors, their aims and their objectives. Therefore, it is left to alternative media sources such as this to provide some perspective.

However, in some cases I have relied upon corporate media sources for some information as there have been honourable individual exceptions - but that does not alter the fact that the corporate media as an institution has in most cases treated the protesters with disdain.

It is an obvious though seldom acknowledged reality that Steve Kean had nine months as manager of Blackburn Rovers before a single protest began.

So, why did the protest movement begin?

This is an important question, to understand the protest movement we must first understand the context within which it arose.

Blackburn Rovers were once regarded as one of the most efficiently and well administered football clubs in English football. A model football club, a model to emulate and imitate - and many did try to "do a Blackburn" - but failed.

Above all, Blackburn Rovers represented something of an anomaly, regarded as a huge football club - in a small town; perhaps the only football club in world football to be thought of as such - a beacon of hope to 'under dogs' everywhere, yet resented at the same time: A well respected club within the game but despised by neutral fans jealous of the clubs stature and historical significance and disliked in the corporate media based largely in London, resentful of a small northern town football club's plucky resilience.

This is to be expected. England resents success. BRFC and its supporters have long been despised for winning The Premier League in 1995.

Four months before he died in 2001, Jack Walker gave an interview to reassure Blackburn Rovers supporters that he had made provision for the club. "A number of years ago I put in place a family trust structure to own my various business interests, including Blackburn Rovers," he explained. "This structure ensures continuity of management and provides the necessary financial support for all my businesses for the foreseeable future. I have made known my wishes to my colleagues, whom I am confident will carry forward the policies necessary to promote and enlarge all my business interests."

The trust, which was registered in Jersey, was run by a board of trustees. They rarely spoke publicly, but when Jack Walker died the trust chairman, the Jersey solicitor Paul Egerton-Vernon, did make a statement: "The club is provided for the foreseeable future."

The terms of the instructions Jack Walker left the trustees were never disclosed, but Egerton-Vernon explained that Rovers would be subsidised by other assets in the Walker portfolio, which included property and the Jersey-based airline, Flybe. "There seems to be a misunderstanding that there is an ever-shrinking pot of money available," he said. "That is not the case. There are other businesses apart from the club which generate profits which are available."

From 2002 the Walker Family Trust donated £3million a year to the club, helping to give it a competitive edge over similar sized clubs.

In 2005, with the £3m that was loaned interest-free to the club, the Walker investment in Blackburn Rovers had reached £97million.

Then, finally, the trustees decided they had spent enough.

Jack Walker had charged them with growing his businesses financially and, although they did not explain their decision, it is assumed they viewed the club as a drain. The family, although the beneficiaries of their father's estate, were not understood to have had any formal involvement in its administration.

And so in the summer of 2005 the trustees of the Jack Walker Settlement decided to sell the club, and appointed the bank Rothschild, which previously handled the disastrous sale of Liverpool to Tom Hicks and George Gillett, to find the right buyer for Rovers. Chris Ronnie, the chief executive of retailer JJB Sports, had publicly declared his interest and was said by informed sources to be ahead of any other parties that were looking at the club.

In 2006, Blackburn Rovers announced that Walker's trustees had converted £14m of loans into shares, then in January 2007 they converted a further £80m into shares.

In 2007 the Walker Family Trust stop funding the club.

It was a little-noticed paragraph in the club's accounts, published in January 2008, which announced that the trustees had stopped funding the club back in 2007.

The news was phrased somewhat obliquely by John Williams, the chairman, generally admired as a shrewd guiding force. He insisted the decision was not irreversible. "Given the new TV deal, the trustees see no immediate requirement to invest further (having donated £3m a year since 2002)," he wrote. "In a climate of emerging markets overseas, buoyant domestic TV revenues and rarity value leading to capital growth, they are in no hurry to sell. Focus is on finding a suitable investor to take the club forward beyond the Jack Walker dynasty."

John Williams hoped the search for a new owner would bring in a football enthusiast, prepared to take a bet on a club with potential, rather than a merchant bringing debt or eyeing a quick profit.

Enter the Venky's, SEM, Kentaro, Jerome Anderson and Steve Kean.

When the Venky's bought Blackburn Rovers in 2011, it was not a football club in free-fall, it was not a football club that was in decline; it was a progressive and steady football club skillfully guided by John Williams and his team.

After the Venky's takeover:

2010-2011 Season: Sam Allardyce sacked 13 Dec 2010

2010-2011 Season: Steve Kean appointed manager till the end of the season 22 Dec 2010

2010-2011 Season: Letter written by senior figures at Blackburn Rovers to the club’s co-owner expressing concerns at the way the club was being run. 4 Jan 2011

2010-2011 Season: With poor results and the threat of relegation, Kean handed 3 year contract. 20 Jan 2011

2010-2011 Season: Chairman John Williams resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 14 years. Feb 2011

2010-2011 Season: Managing Director Tom Finn resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 15 years. May 2011

2010-2011 Season: Blackburn Survive in the Premier League on the final day of the season. 22 May 2011

During pre season: Manchester United confirmed that they had reached an agreement to sign promising Rovers starlet Phil Jones on a five-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee, which was believed to be at least £16.5m. This was a huge blow the team and the fans; Phil Jones was a local Lancashire lad, Rovers fan and an integral part of the team and a product of Jack Walkers legacy - The Blackburn Rovers Youth Academy. 13 Jun 2011

During pre season: Myles Anderson the son of Jerome Anderson (SEM/Kentaro), signs for Blackburn Rovers, no appearance to date.

2011-2012 Season: Steve Kean banned for drink driving blaming Rovers fans for lacing his drink. 15 Aug 2011

2011-2012 Season: Blackburn Rovers suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 60 years after 1-0 loss to Everton; Kean reveals in interview with the Lancashire Telegraph that he is untroubled by Blackburn Rovers' start to the season. 27 Aug 2011

2011-2012 Season: Fans Stage first Protest. 17 Sep 2011

All this in the context of what had hitherto been a well run football club with excellent lines of open communication with its fans and which was a symbol of pride to the community it represented; something of an oddity in today’s multiplatinum sophisticated world of corporate finance and obscene footballers wages and agent fees.

Some Rovers fans felt that the Venky's clearly knew how to run a business, having built up their own poultry and pharmaceutical empire in India and having passed the Premier League's due diligence test; it was also felt that the Walkers Family Trust would have administered their own due diligence on the Venky's and would not have sold the club to quick profit merchants, risking Jack Walkers legacy.

Opinions of the departure of Phil Jones were mixed but the general consensus was that the promising young player could at least have given Rovers one more season but would eventually have left no matter who was in charge and had at least moved to the biggest football club in the world.

At the same time it was felt by many that Jones' departure was the true end of the Walker Era, it was the final poke in the eye to Jack Walkers legacy; the feeling being that Rovers had now become nothing more than a finishing school for Manchester United. Meanwhile, the national media where completely ignorant of who Phil Jones actually was and what his symbolic and footballing importance to the club and its fans represented.

By now it was becoming increasingly clear that the club was entering a new era - but at least Rovers were playing a better brand of football. The Venky's also kept season ticket prices down, renamed the famous Blackburn End in honour of a club legend - Ronnie Clayton - and had donated the historic and famous Rovers shirt to a worthy charity - The Princes Trust - when it would have been much easier to drop their own brand name on top of the famous Blue 'n' white halves.

And so some Rovers fans were still prepared to give the Venky's a chance to prove themselves, believing that if guilty of anything, they had perhaps been naive: linking the club with footballing superstars was only going to result in mockery - that was not their fault - but that is football snobbery and the culture of the English. The London media does not react so snootily when small mediocre southern clubs like Portsmouth and Fulham are linked with Maradonna but they do when Blackburn Rovers are, because to them, Blackburn is a dirty northern slum town; cloth caps, whippets and cobbled streets.

However naive the Venky's were, it was felt that they needed to improve their PR by attended home games and speaking to the fans on BBC Radio Lancashire or through the Lancashire Telegraph about their vision for the club; even an open fans forum at Ewood Park was mooted - but despite repeated pleas from the fans for communication - silence.

The Venky's completely shunned the Rovers faithful, displaying that peculiarly Indian form of arrogance, hubris - completely ignoring the fans - whom they are there to serve.

It was also becoming increasingly clear that the Venky's felt that they could run the football club from India; summoning Steve Kean, a first time manager with no experience in the role, let alone at one of the most historic clubs in the game, competing in what is considered by many to be the best football league in the world to monthly meetings on the sub continent. Steve Kean was summoned to Pune, India, once a month to discuss progress with the Venky's. This was the only guidance Kean had and many fans felt some sympathy.

Initially, however, the focus of unrest on the slopes of Ewood Park were directed mainly at Steve Kean. After all, he buys the players, sells players, picks the team, chooses the tactics and substitutions and is the main interface between the club, the media and the fans.

It is against this backdrop that the protest movement was born.

For the majority of the fans the protests have become the norm at Ewood Park, as supporters of Blackburn Rovers have voiced their concerns over the direction of the football club that they have supported unconditionally throughout their lives.

Throughout this time the club - now in new hands - have manipulated the media by strategically implementing a smear campaign against its own supporters by painting Steve Kean as the victim.

The protestors have also beendemonised by Jerome Anderson on SKY Sports, Steve Kean and a significant minority of fellow Rovers supporters opposed to the protests; for their efforts, the Protestors have been blamed for the teams poor performances and bad results and labeled "disgusting", a "mob", "the worst fans in the country", and as Kevin Gallacher the former Rovers favourite, to his eternal shame wrote in The Telegraph, "an embarrassment".

The protestors have not only had to endure much ongoing ridicule from their loyal opposites in the national media - but damning criticisms from fans of other clubs around the country - writing and phoning national radio stations, quivering and palpitating with sanctimonious indignation, wagging their fingers, cluck-cluck clucking and tut-tuting at the "horrendous" behaviour of the Blackburn Rovers fans.

There has also been no shortage of pundits, journalists, footballers, ex-footballers, football managers and ex-football mangers queing up to robustly defend Steve Kean and smear the Blackburn Rovers supporters.

One can to some extent understand some of the criticisms from football fans of other clubs, after all, they have been subject to intense media brainwashing as the corporate clique's and their cronies have banded together against the protesting Rovers fans.

And that is the point. These protesting fans represent the 'little man', working-class people desperately trying to cling onto and protect the heritage of a footballing institution that was born in their town during footballs formative years.

This is David and Goliath stuff, the mega money men of SEM, Kentaro, The Venky's, SKY SPORTS, mediocre multi millionaire footballers and parasitic pundits on triple figure salaries who do not pay to watch Premier League football; the most expensive football matches in Europe and footballers who can earn more in one week than many do in 15 years and more in one month than many do in a life time.

To blame the fans of Blackburn Rovers for the plight of the football club is despicable.

It is against this backdrop that the protests continue.
Visit this web site. http://ewoodpark.jim do.com Introduction: There have been unacceptable levels of abuse aimed at Blackburn Rovers supporters from the national media, footballers, football managers and football fans throughout the country since the protest's against Steve Kean, The Venky's and Jerome Anderson began. I hope that the information on this page will go some way towards redressing that. I am totally biased. There is nothing impartial in anything I write about Blackburn Rovers, the Protest Movement or Steve Kean, Jerome Anderson and The Venky's. I support the actions of the various protest groups 100%. I support the actions of any spontanious organic protests as and when they arise 100%. I support Blackburn Rovers Football Club 100%. 0% Steve Kean. 0% Jerome Anderson. 0% Venky's. There has been too much disrespect shown, particularly in the corporate media towards the protestors, their aims and their objectives. Therefore, it is left to alternative media sources such as this to provide some perspective. However, in some cases I have relied upon corporate media sources for some information as there have been honourable individual exceptions - but that does not alter the fact that the corporate media as an institution has in most cases treated the protesters with disdain. It is an obvious though seldom acknowledged reality that Steve Kean had nine months as manager of Blackburn Rovers before a single protest began. So, why did the protest movement begin? This is an important question, to understand the protest movement we must first understand the context within which it arose. Blackburn Rovers were once regarded as one of the most efficiently and well administered football clubs in English football. A model football club, a model to emulate and imitate - and many did try to "do a Blackburn" - but failed. Above all, Blackburn Rovers represented something of an anomaly, regarded as a huge football club - in a small town; perhaps the only football club in world football to be thought of as such - a beacon of hope to 'under dogs' everywhere, yet resented at the same time: A well respected club within the game but despised by neutral fans jealous of the clubs stature and historical significance and disliked in the corporate media based largely in London, resentful of a small northern town football club's plucky resilience. This is to be expected. England resents success. BRFC and its supporters have long been despised for winning The Premier League in 1995. Four months before he died in 2001, Jack Walker gave an interview to reassure Blackburn Rovers supporters that he had made provision for the club. "A number of years ago I put in place a family trust structure to own my various business interests, including Blackburn Rovers," he explained. "This structure ensures continuity of management and provides the necessary financial support for all my businesses for the foreseeable future. I have made known my wishes to my colleagues, whom I am confident will carry forward the policies necessary to promote and enlarge all my business interests." The trust, which was registered in Jersey, was run by a board of trustees. They rarely spoke publicly, but when Jack Walker died the trust chairman, the Jersey solicitor Paul Egerton-Vernon, did make a statement: "The club is provided for the foreseeable future." The terms of the instructions Jack Walker left the trustees were never disclosed, but Egerton-Vernon explained that Rovers would be subsidised by other assets in the Walker portfolio, which included property and the Jersey-based airline, Flybe. "There seems to be a misunderstanding that there is an ever-shrinking pot of money available," he said. "That is not the case. There are other businesses apart from the club which generate profits which are available." From 2002 the Walker Family Trust donated £3million a year to the club, helping to give it a competitive edge over similar sized clubs. In 2005, with the £3m that was loaned interest-free to the club, the Walker investment in Blackburn Rovers had reached £97million. Then, finally, the trustees decided they had spent enough. Jack Walker had charged them with growing his businesses financially and, although they did not explain their decision, it is assumed they viewed the club as a drain. The family, although the beneficiaries of their father's estate, were not understood to have had any formal involvement in its administration. And so in the summer of 2005 the trustees of the Jack Walker Settlement decided to sell the club, and appointed the bank Rothschild, which previously handled the disastrous sale of Liverpool to Tom Hicks and George Gillett, to find the right buyer for Rovers. Chris Ronnie, the chief executive of retailer JJB Sports, had publicly declared his interest and was said by informed sources to be ahead of any other parties that were looking at the club. In 2006, Blackburn Rovers announced that Walker's trustees had converted £14m of loans into shares, then in January 2007 they converted a further £80m into shares. In 2007 the Walker Family Trust stop funding the club. It was a little-noticed paragraph in the club's accounts, published in January 2008, which announced that the trustees had stopped funding the club back in 2007. The news was phrased somewhat obliquely by John Williams, the chairman, generally admired as a shrewd guiding force. He insisted the decision was not irreversible. "Given the new TV deal, the trustees see no immediate requirement to invest further (having donated £3m a year since 2002)," he wrote. "In a climate of emerging markets overseas, buoyant domestic TV revenues and rarity value leading to capital growth, they are in no hurry to sell. Focus is on finding a suitable investor to take the club forward beyond the Jack Walker dynasty." John Williams hoped the search for a new owner would bring in a football enthusiast, prepared to take a bet on a club with potential, rather than a merchant bringing debt or eyeing a quick profit. Enter the Venky's, SEM, Kentaro, Jerome Anderson and Steve Kean. When the Venky's bought Blackburn Rovers in 2011, it was not a football club in free-fall, it was not a football club that was in decline; it was a progressive and steady football club skillfully guided by John Williams and his team. After the Venky's takeover: 2010-2011 Season: Sam Allardyce sacked 13 Dec 2010 2010-2011 Season: Steve Kean appointed manager till the end of the season 22 Dec 2010 2010-2011 Season: Letter written by senior figures at Blackburn Rovers to the club’s co-owner expressing concerns at the way the club was being run. 4 Jan 2011 2010-2011 Season: With poor results and the threat of relegation, Kean handed 3 year contract. 20 Jan 2011 2010-2011 Season: Chairman John Williams resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 14 years. Feb 2011 2010-2011 Season: Managing Director Tom Finn resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 15 years. May 2011 2010-2011 Season: Blackburn Survive in the Premier League on the final day of the season. 22 May 2011 During pre season: Manchester United confirmed that they had reached an agreement to sign promising Rovers starlet Phil Jones on a five-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee, which was believed to be at least £16.5m. This was a huge blow the team and the fans; Phil Jones was a local Lancashire lad, Rovers fan and an integral part of the team and a product of Jack Walkers legacy - The Blackburn Rovers Youth Academy. 13 Jun 2011 During pre season: Myles Anderson the son of Jerome Anderson (SEM/Kentaro), signs for Blackburn Rovers, no appearance to date. 2011-2012 Season: Steve Kean banned for drink driving blaming Rovers fans for lacing his drink. 15 Aug 2011 2011-2012 Season: Blackburn Rovers suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 60 years after 1-0 loss to Everton; Kean reveals in interview with the Lancashire Telegraph that he is untroubled by Blackburn Rovers' start to the season. 27 Aug 2011 2011-2012 Season: Fans Stage first Protest. 17 Sep 2011 All this in the context of what had hitherto been a well run football club with excellent lines of open communication with its fans and which was a symbol of pride to the community it represented; something of an oddity in today’s multiplatinum sophisticated world of corporate finance and obscene footballers wages and agent fees. Some Rovers fans felt that the Venky's clearly knew how to run a business, having built up their own poultry and pharmaceutical empire in India and having passed the Premier League's due diligence test; it was also felt that the Walkers Family Trust would have administered their own due diligence on the Venky's and would not have sold the club to quick profit merchants, risking Jack Walkers legacy. Opinions of the departure of Phil Jones were mixed but the general consensus was that the promising young player could at least have given Rovers one more season but would eventually have left no matter who was in charge and had at least moved to the biggest football club in the world. At the same time it was felt by many that Jones' departure was the true end of the Walker Era, it was the final poke in the eye to Jack Walkers legacy; the feeling being that Rovers had now become nothing more than a finishing school for Manchester United. Meanwhile, the national media where completely ignorant of who Phil Jones actually was and what his symbolic and footballing importance to the club and its fans represented. By now it was becoming increasingly clear that the club was entering a new era - but at least Rovers were playing a better brand of football. The Venky's also kept season ticket prices down, renamed the famous Blackburn End in honour of a club legend - Ronnie Clayton - and had donated the historic and famous Rovers shirt to a worthy charity - The Princes Trust - when it would have been much easier to drop their own brand name on top of the famous Blue 'n' white halves. And so some Rovers fans were still prepared to give the Venky's a chance to prove themselves, believing that if guilty of anything, they had perhaps been naive: linking the club with footballing superstars was only going to result in mockery - that was not their fault - but that is football snobbery and the culture of the English. The London media does not react so snootily when small mediocre southern clubs like Portsmouth and Fulham are linked with Maradonna but they do when Blackburn Rovers are, because to them, Blackburn is a dirty northern slum town; cloth caps, whippets and cobbled streets. However naive the Venky's were, it was felt that they needed to improve their PR by attended home games and speaking to the fans on BBC Radio Lancashire or through the Lancashire Telegraph about their vision for the club; even an open fans forum at Ewood Park was mooted - but despite repeated pleas from the fans for communication - silence. The Venky's completely shunned the Rovers faithful, displaying that peculiarly Indian form of arrogance, hubris - completely ignoring the fans - whom they are there to serve. It was also becoming increasingly clear that the Venky's felt that they could run the football club from India; summoning Steve Kean, a first time manager with no experience in the role, let alone at one of the most historic clubs in the game, competing in what is considered by many to be the best football league in the world to monthly meetings on the sub continent. Steve Kean was summoned to Pune, India, once a month to discuss progress with the Venky's. This was the only guidance Kean had and many fans felt some sympathy. Initially, however, the focus of unrest on the slopes of Ewood Park were directed mainly at Steve Kean. After all, he buys the players, sells players, picks the team, chooses the tactics and substitutions and is the main interface between the club, the media and the fans. It is against this backdrop that the protest movement was born. For the majority of the fans the protests have become the norm at Ewood Park, as supporters of Blackburn Rovers have voiced their concerns over the direction of the football club that they have supported unconditionally throughout their lives. Throughout this time the club - now in new hands - have manipulated the media by strategically implementing a smear campaign against its own supporters by painting Steve Kean as the victim. The protestors have also beendemonised by Jerome Anderson on SKY Sports, Steve Kean and a significant minority of fellow Rovers supporters opposed to the protests; for their efforts, the Protestors have been blamed for the teams poor performances and bad results and labeled "disgusting", a "mob", "the worst fans in the country", and as Kevin Gallacher the former Rovers favourite, to his eternal shame wrote in The Telegraph, "an embarrassment". The protestors have not only had to endure much ongoing ridicule from their loyal opposites in the national media - but damning criticisms from fans of other clubs around the country - writing and phoning national radio stations, quivering and palpitating with sanctimonious indignation, wagging their fingers, cluck-cluck clucking and tut-tuting at the "horrendous" behaviour of the Blackburn Rovers fans. There has also been no shortage of pundits, journalists, footballers, ex-footballers, football managers and ex-football mangers queing up to robustly defend Steve Kean and smear the Blackburn Rovers supporters. One can to some extent understand some of the criticisms from football fans of other clubs, after all, they have been subject to intense media brainwashing as the corporate clique's and their cronies have banded together against the protesting Rovers fans. And that is the point. These protesting fans represent the 'little man', working-class people desperately trying to cling onto and protect the heritage of a footballing institution that was born in their town during footballs formative years. This is David and Goliath stuff, the mega money men of SEM, Kentaro, The Venky's, SKY SPORTS, mediocre multi millionaire footballers and parasitic pundits on triple figure salaries who do not pay to watch Premier League football; the most expensive football matches in Europe and footballers who can earn more in one week than many do in 15 years and more in one month than many do in a life time. To blame the fans of Blackburn Rovers for the plight of the football club is despicable. It is against this backdrop that the protests continue.Visit this web site. http://ewoodpark.jim do.com Introduction: There have been unacceptable levels of abuse aimed at Blackburn Rovers supporters from the national media, footballers, football managers and football fans throughout the country since the protest's against Steve Kean, The Venky's and Jerome Anderson began. I hope that the information on this page will go some way towards redressing that. I am totally biased. There is nothing impartial in anything I write about Blackburn Rovers, the Protest Movement or Steve Kean, Jerome Anderson and The Venky's. I support the actions of the various protest groups 100%. I support the actions of any spontanious organic protests as and when they arise 100%. I support Blackburn Rovers Football Club 100%. 0% Steve Kean. 0% Jerome Anderson. 0% Venky's. There has been too much disrespect shown, particularly in the corporate media towards the protestors, their aims and their objectives. Therefore, it is left to alternative media sources such as this to provide some perspective. However, in some cases I have relied upon corporate media sources for some information as there have been honourable individual exceptions - but that does not alter the fact that the corporate media as an institution has in most cases treated the protesters with disdain. It is an obvious though seldom acknowledged reality that Steve Kean had nine months as manager of Blackburn Rovers before a single protest began. So, why did the protest movement begin? This is an important question, to understand the protest movement we must first understand the context within which it arose. Blackburn Rovers were once regarded as one of the most efficiently and well administered football clubs in English football. A model football club, a model to emulate and imitate - and many did try to "do a Blackburn" - but failed. Above all, Blackburn Rovers represented something of an anomaly, regarded as a huge football club - in a small town; perhaps the only football club in world football to be thought of as such - a beacon of hope to 'under dogs' everywhere, yet resented at the same time: A well respected club within the game but despised by neutral fans jealous of the clubs stature and historical significance and disliked in the corporate media based largely in London, resentful of a small northern town football club's plucky resilience. This is to be expected. England resents success. BRFC and its supporters have long been despised for winning The Premier League in 1995. Four months before he died in 2001, Jack Walker gave an interview to reassure Blackburn Rovers supporters that he had made provision for the club. "A number of years ago I put in place a family trust structure to own my various business interests, including Blackburn Rovers," he explained. "This structure ensures continuity of management and provides the necessary financial support for all my businesses for the foreseeable future. I have made known my wishes to my colleagues, whom I am confident will carry forward the policies necessary to promote and enlarge all my business interests." The trust, which was registered in Jersey, was run by a board of trustees. They rarely spoke publicly, but when Jack Walker died the trust chairman, the Jersey solicitor Paul Egerton-Vernon, did make a statement: "The club is provided for the foreseeable future." The terms of the instructions Jack Walker left the trustees were never disclosed, but Egerton-Vernon explained that Rovers would be subsidised by other assets in the Walker portfolio, which included property and the Jersey-based airline, Flybe. "There seems to be a misunderstanding that there is an ever-shrinking pot of money available," he said. "That is not the case. There are other businesses apart from the club which generate profits which are available." From 2002 the Walker Family Trust donated £3million a year to the club, helping to give it a competitive edge over similar sized clubs. In 2005, with the £3m that was loaned interest-free to the club, the Walker investment in Blackburn Rovers had reached £97million. Then, finally, the trustees decided they had spent enough. Jack Walker had charged them with growing his businesses financially and, although they did not explain their decision, it is assumed they viewed the club as a drain. The family, although the beneficiaries of their father's estate, were not understood to have had any formal involvement in its administration. And so in the summer of 2005 the trustees of the Jack Walker Settlement decided to sell the club, and appointed the bank Rothschild, which previously handled the disastrous sale of Liverpool to Tom Hicks and George Gillett, to find the right buyer for Rovers. Chris Ronnie, the chief executive of retailer JJB Sports, had publicly declared his interest and was said by informed sources to be ahead of any other parties that were looking at the club. In 2006, Blackburn Rovers announced that Walker's trustees had converted £14m of loans into shares, then in January 2007 they converted a further £80m into shares. In 2007 the Walker Family Trust stop funding the club. It was a little-noticed paragraph in the club's accounts, published in January 2008, which announced that the trustees had stopped funding the club back in 2007. The news was phrased somewhat obliquely by John Williams, the chairman, generally admired as a shrewd guiding force. He insisted the decision was not irreversible. "Given the new TV deal, the trustees see no immediate requirement to invest further (having donated £3m a year since 2002)," he wrote. "In a climate of emerging markets overseas, buoyant domestic TV revenues and rarity value leading to capital growth, they are in no hurry to sell. Focus is on finding a suitable investor to take the club forward beyond the Jack Walker dynasty." John Williams hoped the search for a new owner would bring in a football enthusiast, prepared to take a bet on a club with potential, rather than a merchant bringing debt or eyeing a quick profit. Enter the Venky's, SEM, Kentaro, Jerome Anderson and Steve Kean. When the Venky's bought Blackburn Rovers in 2011, it was not a football club in free-fall, it was not a football club that was in decline; it was a progressive and steady football club skillfully guided by John Williams and his team. After the Venky's takeover: 2010-2011 Season: Sam Allardyce sacked 13 Dec 2010 2010-2011 Season: Steve Kean appointed manager till the end of the season 22 Dec 2010 2010-2011 Season: Letter written by senior figures at Blackburn Rovers to the club’s co-owner expressing concerns at the way the club was being run. 4 Jan 2011 2010-2011 Season: With poor results and the threat of relegation, Kean handed 3 year contract. 20 Jan 2011 2010-2011 Season: Chairman John Williams resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 14 years. Feb 2011 2010-2011 Season: Managing Director Tom Finn resigns from Blackburn Rovers after 15 years. May 2011 2010-2011 Season: Blackburn Survive in the Premier League on the final day of the season. 22 May 2011 During pre season: Manchester United confirmed that they had reached an agreement to sign promising Rovers starlet Phil Jones on a five-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee, which was believed to be at least £16.5m. This was a huge blow the team and the fans; Phil Jones was a local Lancashire lad, Rovers fan and an integral part of the team and a product of Jack Walkers legacy - The Blackburn Rovers Youth Academy. 13 Jun 2011 During pre season: Myles Anderson the son of Jerome Anderson (SEM/Kentaro), signs for Blackburn Rovers, no appearance to date. 2011-2012 Season: Steve Kean banned for drink driving blaming Rovers fans for lacing his drink. 15 Aug 2011 2011-2012 Season: Blackburn Rovers suffered their worst start to a league campaign in 60 years after 1-0 loss to Everton; Kean reveals in interview with the Lancashire Telegraph that he is untroubled by Blackburn Rovers' start to the season. 27 Aug 2011 2011-2012 Season: Fans Stage first Protest. 17 Sep 2011 All this in the context of what had hitherto been a well run football club with excellent lines of open communication with its fans and which was a symbol of pride to the community it represented; something of an oddity in today’s multiplatinum sophisticated world of corporate finance and obscene footballers wages and agent fees. Some Rovers fans felt that the Venky's clearly knew how to run a business, having built up their own poultry and pharmaceutical empire in India and having passed the Premier League's due diligence test; it was also felt that the Walkers Family Trust would have administered their own due diligence on the Venky's and would not have sold the club to quick profit merchants, risking Jack Walkers legacy. Opinions of the departure of Phil Jones were mixed but the general consensus was that the promising young player could at least have given Rovers one more season but would eventually have left no matter who was in charge and had at least moved to the biggest football club in the world. At the same time it was felt by many that Jones' departure was the true end of the Walker Era, it was the final poke in the eye to Jack Walkers legacy; the feeling being that Rovers had now become nothing more than a finishing school for Manchester United. Meanwhile, the national media where completely ignorant of who Phil Jones actually was and what his symbolic and footballing importance to the club and its fans represented. By now it was becoming increasingly clear that the club was entering a new era - but at least Rovers were playing a better brand of football. The Venky's also kept season ticket prices down, renamed the famous Blackburn End in honour of a club legend - Ronnie Clayton - and had donated the historic and famous Rovers shirt to a worthy charity - The Princes Trust - when it would have been much easier to drop their own brand name on top of the famous Blue 'n' white halves. And so some Rovers fans were still prepared to give the Venky's a chance to prove themselves, believing that if guilty of anything, they had perhaps been naive: linking the club with footballing superstars was only going to result in mockery - that was not their fault - but that is football snobbery and the culture of the English. The London media does not react so snootily when small mediocre southern clubs like Portsmouth and Fulham are linked with Maradonna but they do when Blackburn Rovers are, because to them, Blackburn is a dirty northern slum town; cloth caps, whippets and cobbled streets. However naive the Venky's were, it was felt that they needed to improve their PR by attended home games and speaking to the fans on BBC Radio Lancashire or through the Lancashire Telegraph about their vision for the club; even an open fans forum at Ewood Park was mooted - but despite repeated pleas from the fans for communication - silence. The Venky's completely shunned the Rovers faithful, displaying that peculiarly Indian form of arrogance, hubris - completely ignoring the fans - whom they are there to serve. It was also becoming increasingly clear that the Venky's felt that they could run the football club from India; summoning Steve Kean, a first time manager with no experience in the role, let alone at one of the most historic clubs in the game, competing in what is considered by many to be the best football league in the world to monthly meetings on the sub continent. Steve Kean was summoned to Pune, India, once a month to discuss progress with the Venky's. This was the only guidance Kean had and many fans felt some sympathy. Initially, however, the focus of unrest on the slopes of Ewood Park were directed mainly at Steve Kean. After all, he buys the players, sells players, picks the team, chooses the tactics and substitutions and is the main interface between the club, the media and the fans. It is against this backdrop that the protest movement was born. For the majority of the fans the protests have become the norm at Ewood Park, as supporters of Blackburn Rovers have voiced their concerns over the direction of the football club that they have supported unconditionally throughout their lives. Throughout this time the club - now in new hands - have manipulated the media by strategically implementing a smear campaign against its own supporters by painting Steve Kean as the victim. The protestors have also beendemonised by Jerome Anderson on SKY Sports, Steve Kean and a significant minority of fellow Rovers supporters opposed to the protests; for their efforts, the Protestors have been blamed for the teams poor performances and bad results and labeled "disgusting", a "mob", "the worst fans in the country", and as Kevin Gallacher the former Rovers favourite, to his eternal shame wrote in The Telegraph, "an embarrassment". The protestors have not only had to endure much ongoing ridicule from their loyal opposites in the national media - but damning criticisms from fans of other clubs around the country - writing and phoning national radio stations, quivering and palpitating with sanctimonious indignation, wagging their fingers, cluck-cluck clucking and tut-tuting at the "horrendous" behaviour of the Blackburn Rovers fans. There has also been no shortage of pundits, journalists, footballers, ex-footballers, football managers and ex-football mangers queing up to robustly defend Steve Kean and smear the Blackburn Rovers supporters. One can to some extent understand some of the criticisms from football fans of other clubs, after all, they have been subject to intense media brainwashing as the corporate clique's and their cronies have banded together against the protesting Rovers fans. And that is the point. These protesting fans represent the 'little man', working-class people desperately trying to cling onto and protect the heritage of a footballing institution that was born in their town during footballs formative years. This is David and Goliath stuff, the mega money men of SEM, Kentaro, The Venky's, SKY SPORTS, mediocre multi millionaire footballers and parasitic pundits on triple figure salaries who do not pay to watch Premier League football; the most expensive football matches in Europe and footballers who can earn more in one week than many do in 15 years and more in one month than many do in a life time. To blame the fans of Blackburn Rovers for the plight of the football club is despicable. It is against this backdrop that the protests continue. Melanie :-)

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