Spanish ace Salgado hits out at Rovers atmosphere and says Venky’s must change (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Spanish ace Salgado hits out at Rovers atmosphere and says Venky’s must change
MICHEL Salgado has branded the atmosphere hanging over Ewood Park as “insane” after appealing with owners Venky’s to bring the sense back to the football club.
The former Blackburn Rovers defender has kept a dignified silence on the shambolic end to his time at Ewood last season but has now urged the club’s owners to act decisively to sort the current mess out.
Steve Kean’s future remains shrouded in uncertainty, with Venky’s understood to have decided the Scot needs to be relieved of his managerial duties and having already started the search for a new boss.
It is believed the club were ready to announce his dismissal on Monday morning until it was put on hold at the 11th hour for unknown reasons.
Kean is now likely to still be in charge for Saturday’s Championship trip to Charlton, with co owner Balaji Rao not leaving India until the end of the Lord Ganesh Festival at the weekend at the earliest.
The delay and uncertainty has only furthered angered large sections of Rovers fans, who have been calling for Kean’s head for months.
Some supporters are now threatening a boycott of the next home game against Wolves and, with attendances already dwindling, Ewood Park officials are fearing financial problems unless Kean is removed quickly.
Venky’s are remaining tight lipped on the situation but are understood to have targeted Spurs coach and Rovers’ Premier League skipper Tim Sherwood as the ideal replacement.
Kean himself was understood to have been in London yesterday as he continues to cling to his job.
Former Real Madrid legend Salgado, who spent three seasons at Ewood, was frozen out of first team affairs due to contractual reasons during the last campaign at Rovers before leaving in the summer.
The fans favourite has remained in touch with events at Rovers though and now, through Twitter, has hit out at the current farce.
He said: “I want the sense back to Rovers and this atmosphere is insane. Someone inside has to step on and change things.
“Nothing makes sense. If Venky’s want to stay they must get an English executive chief with experience in Premier League and give him power to make decisions.
“The second step is the new chief must decide whether Kean is the right man for the job or not. He must know that the atmosphere with fans is untenable.
“They must realize everybody is talking about Kean when the only important thing is Rovers. Nowadays Rovers equals Kean for football's world.
“I'm in touch with the lads and they are being as professional as they can in this situation. The fans are getting tired and that's dangerous.”
Salgado is currently working in the media.
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