TOM Finn has ended his 15 years at Blackburn Rovers after resigning as the club's managing director.

With new deputy chief executive Paul Hunt starting later this week from Leicester City, Finn decided the time was right to leave.

He said: "While sad to be moving in, I believe the time is right for me and the club.

"The owners are putting in place their plans for how the club is to operate going forward, such as the appointment of Paul Hunt who joins the club this week.

"I have told Paul that he is joining a special football club that is an integral part of its local community.

"Blackburn Rovers might not enjoy the fan base of some of its Premier League rivals, but no one should doubt the supporters' passion and commitment to their club.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of that for the past 15 years, have had fantastic support from the staff at Ewood Park and Brockhall and wish the owners and everyone associated with Blackburn Rovers all success in the future."