Rovers’ parent company saw their allotment of shares grow by £7m earlier this month, the preferred method of the owners in funding the day-to-day running.

Each year, around three separate allotments take place, of anywhere from £4m to £7m, with the overall total now having ticked beyond £190m.

It often sparks debate about the running of the club, just over 10 years since VLL, which owns a 99.99 per cent stake in Rovers, was set up as part of the Rao family’s takeover.

Football finance Kieran Maguire was among those to pick up on the story, and discussed it further in his Price of Football podcast.

Rovers are now in their 10th season since relegation from the Premier League, also spending a one year in League One, and Maguire says he wouldn’t want to think of where Rovers would be without that continued investment.

While stating the owners weren’t ‘innocent bystanders’ in the early years of their tenure as Rovers dropped out of the top flight, Maguire said their returns on their investment have been slim.

He said: “I’m not going to paint them as innocent bystanders, when Venky’s acquired Blackburn Rovers it was a Premier League football club… and all that happened was they lost huge amounts of money.

“They have now put in around £190m to the club, and Blackburn has spent the last decade in the Championship, some time in League One, so the rewards they have had have been pretty slim.

“But without them, I hate to think of the financial status of Blackburn and which division they would be playing in.

“They’ve just put in another £7m in the last few days and it appears every time the club looks down the back of the sofa they whistle and Venky’s said ‘just this once more we’ll write out a cheque’.”

The last allotment in September, of just over £6m, was one of three last year, with similar amounts in both January and June. The most recent is dated as February 2.

There were three separate share allotments in 2019, four in 2018 and three in 2017.

The accounts in the year to March 2019 showed a loss of £19.5m, up from £15.2m in 2018.

VLL is yet to publish its accounts for the year to March 2020, with those for the 12 months to March 2019 having been filed on Companies House in December 2019.