Date: 6th October 2011 at 11:03am
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This question seems to get asked a lot and increasingly more so in recent weeks – ‘How can Venky’s still think everything is ok?’.

Despite constant pressure on the Blackburn owners to change the manager at the club it seems that they won’t budge and back their man Steve Kean to the hilt with claims that he is ‘unsackable’ and that he is a hard worker.

Well may I shed a little light to the masses?

India Today ran an article yesterday about Venky’s and their ownership of Blackburn Rovers with a fair bit of praise heaped on the Rao family and their tenure so far.

Fans are interviewed, players and the manager are interviewed and everybody gives each other a slap on the back for a job well done.

For some this could make difficult reading.

India Today wrote a special article – ‘At the time of the sale, the club was in dire need of investment and a cash injection. However, despite the new owners promising to invest in the club, there was huge resentment at the sale.

Questions were raised about the financial clout of the new owners and whether they actually understood the game. But with nearly a year since Venky’s bought Blackburn, it seems the Indian firm has changed that perception to a large extent.

A Scottish supporter of the club, Douglas, said: ‘Owners have done really well. Actually, it takes time. Everybody loves Jack Walker, but they have won over majority.’

Another club fan Richard said, ‘Mixed bag with the owners… It’s great they have backed the manager, but some of their decisions are odd. More transparency is needed.’

Carl, an elderly supporter, said, ‘Owners have provided money… They have done what they said… I’m happy with them.’

In fact, it was not just the fans, but everyone connected to the club has seen the hard work put in by the new owners since the takeover.

Blackburn Rovers player Morten Gamst Pedersen said, ‘The owners have been really nice… Very open minded, they listen to you…’

Club manager Steve Kean said, ‘The owners understand football, even European football. They don’t get the credit. Their knowledge is fantastic.’

Bit hard to swallow?



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