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Rao: Shebby will make real difference
VENKATESH Rao believes Shebby Singh will prove pivotal to restoring relations between Blackburn Rovers and their fans as the club target an immediate return to the Premier League.
Singh was appointed as Rovers’ new global advisor earlier this summer and has been given the role of overseeing events at Ewood Park as Venky’s attempt to turn around the club’s fortunes, with relegation leaving many supporters disillusioned with both the owners and manager Steve Kean.
“Unless they are happy, we are not happy,” Rao said about the fans. “The day they are happy, we are happy.
“We are trying to bring all of the changes, whether it is players or management, at the end of the day the fans will look at the results.
“Now he (Singh) is here to talk to the fans, build relations, tackle the local problems day to day and see that they are satisfied. He is right there at the ground level and that’s what he’s doing now – not only talking to fans but also talking to players, talking to other management.
“I think overall it’s a very good move and you will see the fruits.”
Venky’s resisted calls to change the manager, however, with Kean remaining in place.
Rao was non-committal about Kean’s future at the start of the summer but now says they decided to be loyal to the Scot.
“Usually what happens is that we just change X, Y, Z, we change the manager and the pressure is off,” he said.
“But that’s not the end of the story, the reality is that we have to produce results, we have to give some time out and we have to work like a team and unfortunately this (relegation) has happened.
“But I hope and know God willing we will go back as fast as possible.
“We met a couple of times, we have a series of meetings and he is also under pressure and we want to get back as fast as possible because that’s where we belong.”