A FILMMAKER is planning to make a second documentary about Blackburn Rovers and the club’s owners Venky’s.
Four years ago Rovers supporter Rishi Sikka (PIC ABOVE) produced, ‘Venky’s – The Fall of Blackburn Rovers’, which has attracted more than 80,000 views on YouTube.
Now, with Rovers currently bottom of the Championship table and more than £100m in debt, and with the club’s main supporters’ groups calling for the owners to sell up, Rishi is ready to film a follow up.
He said: “The idea is to follow five supporters to India in an effort to communicate with Venky’s in their own country. We are trying to get an ex-footballer involved as well.
“People may say, ‘they are never going to be able to speak to them’. But that’s what it could be all about – how hard it is to communicate with the football club’s owners. So much so that they have had to go all the way to India to try to do so.
“We will follow those fans around and have cutaways of interviews with people about what has happened and is happening at the club.
“When I put out the first documentary I think it was a really hard time for Rovers supporters. People thought it was about Steve Kean.
“But now people are seeing it is more than that. People like Stan Collymore and Robbie Savage are coming out and supporting the fans and being positive about the fans whereas before they were being viewed negatively.”
Rishi estimates the minimum base target needed to start the filming of the sequel is £5,000.
A Crowdfunder page – www.crowdfunder.co.uk/venkys-the-continuing-fall-of-blackburn-rovers – has been set up to invite Rovers fans to contribute toward the cost.
Rishi is determined to get the film funded by whatever means necessary.
But he added: “It would be good for the fans to own something like this, to own the production, because this is about their football club.”
It is a myth perpetrated by Coyle that his squad has been put together on a tiny budget. True, there has been no capital investment, which is a disgrace, but the squad has not come cheap. Rovers have splashed some cash. Graham, Stokes, Mulgrew , although free agents, will have come on hefty signing on fees, as will probably others. The wages for the mentioned 3 will not have been cheap either. Otherwise they would not be here. Agents fees for all 12 new signings also have to be taken into account. Then there are the loan fees that will have been paid to Southampton , Swansea and possibly West Ham. You do not get anything for free in football. For Coyle to peddle the myth that his budget is last than last year's is plainly wrong. This time last year Bowyer was working under strict FFP restrictions and a transfer embargo. He could not pay signing on fees if he wanted to, he could not pay loan fees, he could not pay any new signing in excess of of £10,000 pw. Coyle has not had any of theses restrictions imposed on him. And apart from capital not being made for 'signings , the club have backed him. Coyle knew the situation when he took the job when others would'nt, that is why he was appointed, not because he was the " outstanding candidate ". A quote that will haunt the hapless Mike Cheston forever.
Another myth doing the rounds on this forum is that the new signings " signed for Coyle after speaking to him " ! That is what players say once the terms are good, believe me iv'e been there.
To concede a goal in the 88th minute at home , to deny yourself 2 valuable points, as we did v Burton, is unfortunate. To then concede a goal in the 94th minute at home v Fulham to deny yourself a point , is at the best, careless. To then concede a goal v Leeds, in the 85th minute, to deny yourself an away point is downright incompetence.
I will not even mention Crewe's 94th minute equaliser, don't go there !
Rovers will not sack Owen Coyle after 7 games. Why should they ? But they will sack him after 16 games. Why ? Because that is the benchmark they have set. They surprisingly sacked Bowyer after 16 games last season . Bowyer had 17 points from 16 games. We were in 16th position, 5 places above the relegation zone . We had scored 15 goals and conceded 15 goals. Sounds like eutopia by today's standards. So if after 16 games Coyle has an equivalent or worse record he will be sacked. Stands to sense, because that is the president set by the owners. Failure to sack Coyle, should he fall short, will be seen as hypocrytical by the fans and a case of wrongful dismissal by Bowyers lawyers who would have a field day, especially as Bowyer was working under FFP restrictions and a transfer embargo. Coyle has not had those restrictions imposed on him. As a matter of interest, after 7 games last season, we had 4 points and were in 23rd position. One place higher and 2 points more. So not a lot of differance, but we had conceded 9 goals and scored 6, compared to conceded 15 and scored 6 this time round. Make no mistake, Coyle's target to survive is 18 points from 16 games. We shall see !
Amazing. It is almost a week since the nations press announced that Sam Allardyce was to be appointed the new England Football Team Manager. Not a peep in print from the Lancashire Telegraph about Rovers ex manager being elevated to the country's top job. Why?. Allardyce being the second Rovers ex-manager to have done so, following Roy Hodgson in 2012. Instead on Thursday the 21st July, the LT treated us to a Allardyce story headlined " Allardyce Victim of Hamper Con ".
A meaningless article re: Sam and West Ham players falling victim to a clever con man. No mention of being the new England manager, until belatedly 25th July on their Website. Why?.
Our national press, radio, and TV have been full of it. Everyone has been giving their opinion of Sam's appointment, everyone that is, but the LT. Have they forgotten Sam spent 2 years at Ewood Park, November 2008 until November 2010. Two successful years. On the very brink of relegation when he came, finished safe in 15th place and in 11th place in the Premiership, the following season, when Mrs Desia, under advice from Jerome Anderson, sacked him. Could it be that dark forces are behind the LT'S silence? Could it be the owners are now even more embarrassed at sacking Sam than they previously were ? Could it be they harbour a grudge because Sam successfully sued them for slander, along with Steve Kean in 2012. Could it be be they are miffed because legal action against Anderson over the Allardyce sacking, as reported in the Daily Mail sports agenda column by Charles Sale on the 29th April 2015, has stalled through their own stupidity? Whatever, the name of Big Sam continues to haunt them, whatever the reason.
Could it be they have used their considerable influence to silence the LT?. It would not be the first time, as i know from first hand experience. Any regional newspaper would have been over joyed to have their club once employ the new England Manager, and made capital out of it. Not the LT. Strange. I will ask one question. " David Dunn, fans favourite and now our u/21 coach, is on record as saying, " Sam is the best manager he ever played for in the whole of his career ". Now would you not think, last week of all weeks, the LT would have interviewed Dunn about Sam ? Instead of some of the drivel it has put out. Poor journalism or dark forces ?.
Are the Venky’s trying to air brush Big Sam from Blackburn Rovers history.