BLACKBURN Rovers fans will never forget the 2010/11 season for a multitude of reasons but you can be assured the majority will be well and truly glad to see the back of it.

New ownership was always going to bring about change around Ewood Park but the dramatic speed with which the landscape shifted at Rovers could never have been predicted once Venky’s took control.

Mistakes were made and hopefully lessons have been learned. Rovers’ Premier League survival gives the owners a second chance and you get the feeling they might just grab it.

Whatever anyone felt about Sam Allardyce’s style of football, most would agree that Rovers would not have been facing Sunday’s final day drama had he had not been sensationally axed just weeks into Venky’s control.

This is not a slight at successor Steve Kean but just a view that asking a settled squad to try and change their style as dramatically as they did was always asking a little bit too much.

The departure of chairman John Williams, which was avoidable whatever Venky’s try to argue, was another hammer blow to the season with the lack of a figure head steering the club hugely noticeable towards the end of the campaign.

The past can now be consigned to just that. Survival allows everyone to forget a miserable last few months and look forward to the brighter future that has been promised.

A lot of supporters will still believe Kean should not be the manager next season but Venky’s have already made it perfectly clear, he will.

The players will support that decision as well, with the whole squad full of respect for their new boss, and he deserves everyone’s support to now try and make his mark at the club.

Whatever questions people still have over Kean’s ability to manage he has, at times, had Rovers playing in a free-flowing attractive way. Next season he needs to make sure that comes with results.

There is a lot to look forward to around Ewood Park, especially if the Rao family deliver with their promise of supporting Kean in the transfer market with funds this summer.

For so long, Rovers have defied the financial odds by competing on a shoe string budget, you can’t help wondering what can be achieved with the owners ready to splash the cash.

Only time will tell. The club should not try to run before they can walk. Ambition is fine but we would all prefer to see the club do things steadily rather than the break neck speed they tried this season.

There is not a lot wrong with Kean’s squad as it is. Venky’s can prove their commitment to getting Rovers back towards challenging for Europe by resisting what will be huge interest for the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Samba and Junior Hoilett this summer.

Then add a proven goal scorer to the ranks, maybe two, and suddenly the Venky venom could be a thing of the past. Venky’s have a lot to live up to this summer but everyone close to them is confident they will fully deliver.

An interesting summer awaits.