Date: 25th August 2016 at 10:17am
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The Rovers Trust was set up in 2012 to help safeguard the future of Blackburn amidst growing concerns for just that, the future of Rovers.

Blackburn’s current way of being run is being questioned stronger than ever before with the departure of players and (apparent) non-reinvestment of that money seeing Rovers off to a poor start to the season and attendances dwindling at Ewood Park.

Wayne Wild, who is the chairman of the Rovers Trust, has told Supporters Direct interest in acquiring the club is something he know people have with the calls for Venky’s to put the club up for say being formally made for the first time.

‘We are calling on the owners to put Blackburn Rovers up for sale in a professional and public way that will encourage people to think about possible investment in the club. We know there are people out there who are definitely interested and the time is right. Blackburn Rovers has become a toxic brand for the Venky`s, the present situation is clearly not working and they constantly have to fund losses.’

An approach to talk to the owners was first made five-years ago, with nothing happening.

With tensions among the fans growing and concerns over the future of the club rising all the time the start to this season has only increased these worries but the concerns have been in the long-term (and for the long-term) not a ‘kneejerk reaction’ to the start to this season.

‘We first made our request to talk to the owners, to discuss all the issues that concern supporters, almost five years ago. At that time Blackburn Rovers was a Premier League club. Today, although it is early in the season, we are already at the bottom of the Championship and the financial situation looks increasingly alarming. Added to that, there has been a growing social media storm over some club documents that appear to be in the public domain and that has only added to the real negativity that today surrounds Blackburn Rovers. It is time for a change.’

The Rovers Trust has previously aimed to get a stake in the club, or manage to acquire it completely from the owners.

With those attempts to work with them failing it has now been decided the only way forward would be for them to sell up completely and move on, he concluded.

‘Our founding remit to take a stake in Blackburn Rovers, in whole or in part, to help bring our club back into the East Lancashire community remains. Our members – and many Rovers fans – are increasingly looking to us to lead the campaign to remove the owners from our club. We`re willing to work with any other groups, to explore all options and help in any sensible way we can to see a positive change at Ewood Park, which we now believe is in the interests of all parties.’

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