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Club chiefs stay silent on Ewood crisis
11:46am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Football
BLACKBURN Rovers have put up a wall of silence in the aftermath of Michael Appleton’s shock sacking.
Senior club officials have been contacted by the Lancashire Telegraph but are refusing to speak about the future of the football club.
Fans are demanding answers to the latest crisis to envelop Ewood Park. But as yet no-one is prepared to give them.
Global advisor Shebby Singh, whose decision it was to dismiss Appleton following a run of just one win in 10 games, has gone to ground since sacking Rovers’ third manager this season after Steve Kean and Henning Berg last year.
Appleton was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, via letter, in the aftermath of the late derby draw with Burnley.
The lack of communication from the club since has infuriated fans and former players.
The Rovers Trust, which was set up last summer in an effort to break down communication barriers between the club and supporters, with an additional objective to obtain full or part ownership of the club, has experienced around a 40 per cent rise in membership since Appleton’s dismissal.
Co-chairman of the Trust, Wayne Wild, believes the sharp increase was not down to the latest sacking in isolation, but the culmination of what has been widely deemed ongoing mis-management.
“It’s been one bad decision after another,” he said.
“Henning Berg had been out of work for a year before he got the job. Who made that decision?
“We took on Appleton, who had just joined another club. He was another inexperienced manager, and – apart from beating Arsenal in the cup, results haven’t gone our way.
“You can only blame the people who make the decisions.
“When they sacked Henning Berg at least there was some sort of communication when Shebby Singh was doing phone-ins.
“Personally, I believe we won’t know whether a decision is right or wrong until we know what happens next. If they get an experienced manager in, or if they give it Gary Bowyer full-time and he does a good job, the decision will be the right one.
“But at the moment the fans just need to know what’s going on.”
Former Rovers player Mark Patterson says it is a ‘disgrace’ that communication from the owners is so poor, despite employing a big-hitting London-based PR team, Sports PR Company, and a high profile global advisor.
“The first thing Venky’s should do is to go to the Lancashire Telegraph and say, ‘Right, we want to open a hotline to the fans because that’s where the supporters get their information from,” said Patterson.
“The fans are deserting the club in droves because Venky’s have treated those loyal supporters with contempt.
“Venky’s have had three goes now at trying to get the right manager – and God help us all if they get it wrong again.”