Date: 8th May 2017 at 9:23am
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Blackburn’s win at Brentford, following the victory against Aston Villa, would have been enough to keep Rovers in the Championship in most people’s minds? However, that wasn’t the case due to wins for Nottingham Forest and Birmingham.

Forest’s 3-0 win over Ipswich meant they stayed in the Championship on goal difference, Blackburn will be in the third tier of English Football for the first time in 37 years, but bigger battles could follow? Financial uncertainty could well lead to administration at Ewood Park.

Venky’s, who will need to perform something special to win over the masses, turned to Tony Mowbray in February but he wasn’t able to keep Blackburn in the Championship, which almost certainly wouldn’t have been the case had Owen Coyle remained in charge, in fairness Coyle wasn’t given that much backing was he?

A disappointed Mowbray, quoted by the BBC, knows Blackburn have gone down as it wasn’t good enough from top to bottom during the Championship season, but he’s optimistic about Rovers’ chances in League 1.

He said: ‘I am disappointed now but we have to try to keep the spirit we showed here and, if we do, the club will be very strong in League One next year. It’s decided over 46 games and at the end of the season everyone at the club from the players to the medical team and the analysts have not been good enough to stay in this division.’

Should the summer go as Mowbray hopes, if it does this is another matter, the Blackburn boss is confident Rovers, if the under-contract players are retained and the right players also came to Ewood, we’ll be too strong for most clubs in the third tier.

‘We have to take it on the chin. It’s going to be a huge summer for us in terms of recruitment, and conversations with the owners are coming – we have to recruit well, be strong next year and bounce back.’

Adding: ‘We need to keep our under-contract players. If we do, we will hopefully be too strong for a lot of clubs in League One. We just need to turn the ship around and get promotion.’

This relegation has been coming for a couple of years now, having failed to go any higher than 20th all season Blackburn have been relegated as it was deserved, but much of this fault will fall at the feet of those at boardroom level with Rovers’ future prospects potentially bleak…

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