Khan: I am prepared to help Blackburn Rovers takeover plans

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

FORMER Accrington Stanley chairman Ilyas Khan says he would be ‘honoured’ to help a local consortium take control of Blackburn Rovers – if Venky’s decide they want to sell.

Khan provided the funds to rescue Stanley from winding up proceedings over an unpaid £308,000 tax bill in 2009 but stepped down as chairman at the club’s annual general meeting last week.

A lifelong Accrington fan, the multi-millionaire investment banker estimates that he has put around £2m into Stanley but had always insisted that he did not want to be chairman long term.

He is also now in the process of giving away his sizeable stake in the clubs, another thing he had long since said he wanted to do.

And Khan has now had dialogue with Seneca about helping them buy Rovers, telling the Lancashire Telegraph that he would be willing to play some part in any takeover.

“A local consortium approached me at the weekend asking if I would head the consortium and maybe be their first chairman,” said the 49-year-old, who is now based in Surrey.

“I don’t think that Venky’s are sellers but if they ever were to sell then, yes, I would be honoured to help. As a Lancastrian, I was gutted to see Blackburn Rovers relegated.

“I am a Stanley fan but over the years Blackburn Rovers have always been very good to us.”

Khan would be joined by a number of other investors if any takeover of Rovers was able to come to fruition. His Stanley shares are due to go to a number of investors, soon to be announced under new chairman Peter Marsden, as well as existing shareholders – including those who have bought a stake in a recent share issue, which has raised £200,000.

He will remain in close contact with Stanley, possibly providing further financial assistance if required, and remains committed to funding a new stadium for the club at some point in the future.

“I will still be around should God forbid they need me to help them,” he said. “And in some ways my stepping down may enhance the possibility of the stadium because capital can now go into the development.

“But it will take time. It would be dependent on the council and a commercial partner.

“I would think it is around £2m that I have put into the club. Most of that has been in donations.

“The loans are around £500,000 but that is only a quarter of what I have put in. If the club are in a position to repay loans then fantastic but that is not a priority.

“It has been the plan for two or three years to step down.

“I wanted to do the share issue when we could use the money constructively and not to repay old debt. Around 2,000 have been sold, which is very pleasing.”

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11:58am Sat 12 May 12

beardy1967 says...

great headline if he helps us against chicken s.h.a.g.g.e.r.s

THE WRATH OF KHAN

my accy mates say he is a real top guy
great headline if he helps us against chicken s.h.a.g.g.e.r.s THE WRATH OF KHAN my accy mates say he is a real top guy beardy1967
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11:59am Sat 12 May 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Thanks man, we need all the help we can get. Hopefully a few more high profile helpers will come along and join in.
Thanks man, we need all the help we can get. Hopefully a few more high profile helpers will come along and join in. Keep Darwen Green
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12:04pm Sat 12 May 12

craftandgraft says...

www.brsit.co.uk

Arte et Labore
www.brsit.co.uk Arte et Labore craftandgraft
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12:08pm Sat 12 May 12

Dukes says...

Good luck to him but sadly venkys have pointed out,their not selling up.
Good luck to him but sadly venkys have pointed out,their not selling up. Dukes
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12:16pm Sat 12 May 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

beardy1967 wrote:
great headline if he helps us against chicken s.h.a.g.g.e.r.s

THE WRATH OF KHAN

my accy mates say he is a real top guy
Do you mind, I nearly drowned on mi brew from laughing when I read your comment!!!! Its coming down mi nose.
[quote][p][bold]beardy1967[/bold] wrote: great headline if he helps us against chicken s.h.a.g.g.e.r.s THE WRATH OF KHAN my accy mates say he is a real top guy[/p][/quote]Do you mind, I nearly drowned on mi brew from laughing when I read your comment!!!! Its coming down mi nose. Keep Darwen Green
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12:28pm Sat 12 May 12

rovertakenmb says...

His knowledge of the lower legue's could come in handy.

www.rovertaken.co.uk
His knowledge of the lower legue's could come in handy. www.rovertaken.co.uk rovertakenmb
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12:30pm Sat 12 May 12

smellthecoffee says...

A quicker way might be to contact the Met's anti-fraud squad and point them in the direction of Brockhall. A certain someone (who cannot be named for legal reasons) could end up having to compensate the club to the tune of tens of millions of pounds.
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I sense we could be on the verge of one of the biggest corruption stories in football history.
A quicker way might be to contact the Met's anti-fraud squad and point them in the direction of Brockhall. A certain someone (who cannot be named for legal reasons) could end up having to compensate the club to the tune of tens of millions of pounds. . I sense we could be on the verge of one of the biggest corruption stories in football history. smellthecoffee
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12:30pm Sat 12 May 12

rovertakenmb says...

rovertakenmb wrote:
His knowledge of the lower legue's could come in handy. www.rovertaken.co.uk
I meant "league". It's my keyboards fault. It has took some hammer in the last 9 months. Don't worry, no spelling mistakes in the book.

www.rovertaken.co.uk
[quote][p][bold]rovertakenmb[/bold] wrote: His knowledge of the lower legue's could come in handy. www.rovertaken.co.uk[/p][/quote]I meant "league". It's my keyboards fault. It has took some hammer in the last 9 months. Don't worry, no spelling mistakes in the book. www.rovertaken.co.uk rovertakenmb
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12:35pm Sat 12 May 12

JPB says...

this khan guy is a credit to himself. he`s been fantastic for accrington stanley.
this khan guy is a credit to himself. he`s been fantastic for accrington stanley. JPB
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12:35pm Sat 12 May 12

BashirShah says...

Nice to at least hear some positives. If nothing else the mounting pressures could be enough to make Mrs Desai think it's not worth pursuing whatever half-baked business plan they've cooked up.
Nice to at least hear some positives. If nothing else the mounting pressures could be enough to make Mrs Desai think it's not worth pursuing whatever half-baked business plan they've cooked up. BashirShah
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12:39pm Sat 12 May 12

petergray says...

A way needs to be found to make the cost of ownership to venky's not worth the remaining millions they are raping Rovers for.
Somehow they must be shamed out of our club or have their brand made to suffer.
The battle needs to be taken closer to home for them - target the media in all their emerging markets and make Rovers a Millstone round their scrawny chicken necks that they no longer want to bear.
A way needs to be found to make the cost of ownership to venky's not worth the remaining millions they are raping Rovers for. Somehow they must be shamed out of our club or have their brand made to suffer. The battle needs to be taken closer to home for them - target the media in all their emerging markets and make Rovers a Millstone round their scrawny chicken necks that they no longer want to bear. petergray
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12:49pm Sat 12 May 12

philmoulden says...

lots of people showing and interest ,dave whelan who stated he would like to advise them and help in any way shape or form , brsit and seneca ,,why dont the lot put heads together .
VENKYS OUT ,KEAN OUT ,ANDERSON OUT
lots of people showing and interest ,dave whelan who stated he would like to advise them and help in any way shape or form , brsit and seneca ,,why dont the lot put heads together . VENKYS OUT ,KEAN OUT ,ANDERSON OUT philmoulden
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1:28pm Sat 12 May 12

beardy1967 says...

http://www.youtube.c
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aM

the needs of the many
outweigh the needs of the few
http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=xx6wrIbKq aM the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few beardy1967
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1:39pm Sat 12 May 12

johnny rover says...

philmoulden wrote:
lots of people showing and interest ,dave whelan who stated he would like to advise them and help in any way shape or form , brsit and seneca ,,why dont the lot put heads together .
VENKYS OUT ,KEAN OUT ,ANDERSON OUT
Absolutely right. If Venky's don't want to sell (at least not unless they get a good profit) and they still want to promote football in India through Rovers it would seem in their best interests to get more capital and expertise by joining together with Seneca/Kahn et al. Then bring in BRIST so there is like a three part coalition - Venky's/local business investors/fans. Problem is it sound too much like common sense and that is a commodity that is distinctly lacking in the Rao family.
[quote][p][bold]philmoulden[/bold] wrote: lots of people showing and interest ,dave whelan who stated he would like to advise them and help in any way shape or form , brsit and seneca ,,why dont the lot put heads together . VENKYS OUT ,KEAN OUT ,ANDERSON OUT[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. If Venky's don't want to sell (at least not unless they get a good profit) and they still want to promote football in India through Rovers it would seem in their best interests to get more capital and expertise by joining together with Seneca/Kahn et al. Then bring in BRIST so there is like a three part coalition - Venky's/local business investors/fans. Problem is it sound too much like common sense and that is a commodity that is distinctly lacking in the Rao family. johnny rover
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1:51pm Sat 12 May 12

flagstone says...

Get rid of Venkys altogether , then at least their will be some TRUTH to come out of Ewood and Brockhall.
Get rid of Venkys altogether , then at least their will be some TRUTH to come out of Ewood and Brockhall. flagstone
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1:53pm Sat 12 May 12

flagstone says...

Only worry is ,dont call the new consortium "SK". jESUS WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE INITIALLS SEEN ON EWOOD EVERY WEEK FOR A LIFETIME LOL.................
Only worry is ,dont call the new consortium "SK". jESUS WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE INITIALLS SEEN ON EWOOD EVERY WEEK FOR A LIFETIME LOL................. flagstone
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2:26pm Sat 12 May 12

kazz says...

I still think if venkys end their association with kean and anderson they could prove to be the right owners. They have been ill advised left right centre by these bstards
I still think if venkys end their association with kean and anderson they could prove to be the right owners. They have been ill advised left right centre by these bstards kazz
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5:13pm Sat 12 May 12

madari says...

Madari the snake charmer says:

What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!!

CTID
Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID madari
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6:01pm Sat 12 May 12

Burnley59/60 says...

kazz wrote:
I still think if venkys end their association with kean and anderson they could prove to be the right owners. They have been ill advised left right centre by these bstards
Stupid Comment Mate Im a Claret as you are but this is not the time for Banter,do you want to see the Rovers Broken? Never again to watch our team take them on think !!!!!!!!!!!! and Mr Khan Is As Lancashire and British as they come,he loves Accy and I have total respect for him.
[quote][p][bold]kazz[/bold] wrote: I still think if venkys end their association with kean and anderson they could prove to be the right owners. They have been ill advised left right centre by these bstards[/p][/quote]Stupid Comment Mate Im a Claret as you are but this is not the time for Banter,do you want to see the Rovers Broken? Never again to watch our team take them on think !!!!!!!!!!!! and Mr Khan Is As Lancashire and British as they come,he loves Accy and I have total respect for him. Burnley59/60
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6:02pm Sat 12 May 12

Burnley59/60 says...

madari wrote:
Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID
I meant this comment
[quote][p][bold]madari[/bold] wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID[/p][/quote]I meant this comment Burnley59/60
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7:07pm Sat 12 May 12

makaveli96 says...

If Khan helps, maybe Jack Straw can sort the Indians?
If Khan helps, maybe Jack Straw can sort the Indians? makaveli96
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7:17pm Sat 12 May 12

madari says...

Burnley59/60 wrote:
madari wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID
I meant this comment
Madari the snake charmer says:

Mr Khan may consider himself a `lancashire lad` or British for that matter--you try convincing the Indians in India and they will laugh at you ...Mr Khan in India is regarded as a Pakistani...believe me the madari knows best.
[quote][p][bold]Burnley59/60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madari[/bold] wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID[/p][/quote]I meant this comment[/p][/quote]Madari the snake charmer says: Mr Khan may consider himself a `lancashire lad` or British for that matter--you try convincing the Indians in India and they will laugh at you ...Mr Khan in India is regarded as a Pakistani...believe me the madari knows best. madari
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8:12pm Sat 12 May 12

johnny rover says...

madari wrote:
Burnley59/60 wrote:
madari wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID
I meant this comment
Madari the snake charmer says:

Mr Khan may consider himself a `lancashire lad` or British for that matter--you try convincing the Indians in India and they will laugh at you ...Mr Khan in India is regarded as a Pakistani...believe me the madari knows best.
Before madarai calls others "bafoons" perhaps he should learn how to spell. He should also learn that neither "joining together with" nor "putting heads together" means anything like ""capitulating to". And perhaps he should also realise not everyone from India is a racist bigot who despises anyone who has roots in Pakistan.
[quote][p][bold]madari[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Burnley59/60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madari[/bold] wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID[/p][/quote]I meant this comment[/p][/quote]Madari the snake charmer says: Mr Khan may consider himself a `lancashire lad` or British for that matter--you try convincing the Indians in India and they will laugh at you ...Mr Khan in India is regarded as a Pakistani...believe me the madari knows best.[/p][/quote]Before madarai calls others "bafoons" perhaps he should learn how to spell. He should also learn that neither "joining together with" nor "putting heads together" means anything like ""capitulating to". And perhaps he should also realise not everyone from India is a racist bigot who despises anyone who has roots in Pakistan. johnny rover
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8:32pm Sat 12 May 12

rovers1979 says...

He is close freind and is true to his word and will get us through the s**t kean and venkys have put ghis club through - rovers till i die.
He is close freind and is true to his word and will get us through the s**t kean and venkys have put ghis club through - rovers till i die. rovers1979
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9:05pm Sat 12 May 12

samsno2millfan says...

madari wrote:
Burnley59/60 wrote:
madari wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID
I meant this comment
Madari the snake charmer says: Mr Khan may consider himself a `lancashire lad` or British for that matter--you try convincing the Indians in India and they will laugh at you ...Mr Khan in India is regarded as a Pakistani...believe me the madari knows best.
Everyone in India knows Mr Khan? He must have one hell of a Xmas card list - oh, sorry, forgot.

As you know so much about the sub-continent, you'll also be aware nobody in India gives a flying f@ck about Venkys and their ownership of Rovers.

If they end up making money out of it, it would be seen as a victory for them.
[quote][p][bold]madari[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Burnley59/60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madari[/bold] wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID[/p][/quote]I meant this comment[/p][/quote]Madari the snake charmer says: Mr Khan may consider himself a `lancashire lad` or British for that matter--you try convincing the Indians in India and they will laugh at you ...Mr Khan in India is regarded as a Pakistani...believe me the madari knows best.[/p][/quote]Everyone in India knows Mr Khan? He must have one hell of a Xmas card list - oh, sorry, forgot. As you know so much about the sub-continent, you'll also be aware nobody in India gives a flying f@ck about Venkys and their ownership of Rovers. If they end up making money out of it, it would be seen as a victory for them. samsno2millfan
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2:02am Sun 13 May 12

Ovais789 says...

Madari the snake sh4gger, you're one retarded d1ck!!!
Madari the snake sh4gger, you're one retarded d1ck!!! Ovais789
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2:09pm Sun 13 May 12

Coeur de Lion says...

Ovais789 wrote:
Madari the snake sh4gger, you're one retarded d1ck!!!
He's got fed up with wrecking kiddies play areas in Earby.
[quote][p][bold]Ovais789[/bold] wrote: Madari the snake sh4gger, you're one retarded d1ck!!![/p][/quote]He's got fed up with wrecking kiddies play areas in Earby. Coeur de Lion
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8:03pm Sun 13 May 12

bulldogbrfc says...

madari wrote:
Madari the snake charmer says:

What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!!

CTID
& yes you did dream for one season ... rtid
[quote][p][bold]madari[/bold] wrote: Madari the snake charmer says: What you ignorant bafoons dont realise is that Mr Khan is Pakistani, and what do you think the Media in India will make of the Venkys capitulating to a Pakistani guy...hahahahahaha!! dreams are freee keep dreaming !! Down we go !!!!! CTID[/p][/quote]& yes you did dream for one season ... rtid bulldogbrfc
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6:18am Mon 14 May 12

yamthejam says...

You guys are ridiculous.... You now want someone who nearly got accy wound down and came looking for help from rovers due to an unpaid tax bill.

VENKYS FOR ROVERS
You guys are ridiculous.... You now want someone who nearly got accy wound down and came looking for help from rovers due to an unpaid tax bill. VENKYS FOR ROVERS yamthejam
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