Blackburn Rovers might seem an unlikely beneficiary of India’s tough new rules on beef.
But Venky’s, the owner of Blackburn Rovers, is one of the big winners from a beef ban imposed this month by Hindu Nationalist – who revere the Cow – in Maharashtra, the countries second most populous state, with 114 million people.
Venky’s (pic above), India’s leading poultry producer, may not be popular among die hard Rovers fans, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2012, only two years after they bought the indebted club.
However the company is set to benefit from surging demand for Chicken after the ban imposed by Narendra Modi’s hard-line Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). It includes a possible five year prison sentence for possession of a steak !
Prasanna Pedgaonkar, the deputy general of Venkky’s has predicted an immediate 5% jump in sales, and rising. Chicken, he said, was a “direct alternative to Beef”.
Rovers fans hope higher sales will translate into more and better players.
Will Venky’s channel their unexpected wind-fall into the football club. With FFP it is not that simple.
But when the likes of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Man City owner Sheik Mansour, are becoming more and more disillusioned with UEAFA’s FFP rules. And the ‘fun’ of owning an English club being taken away, things may about to be changed.
FFP undoubtedly helps the rich to stay rich as Gianni Infantino, the bodies general secretary acknowledges.
But the Super Big Guns, Chelsea and Man City are not happy at being restricted in what they can spend on their clubs.
A change In thinking to FFP could help Venky’s release some of their new found wealth into Rovers coffers.
For more detailed information re- India’s Beef ban go to Robin Pagnament, The Times Business Web Site.
The maligned Shebby Singh (pic above) is no longer at Ewood Park. Having being instrumental in some shocking decisions. Including bringing in several below average Portuguese Football players, at huge expense, which Rovers have or are in in the process of getting rid of.
Not to mention the appointment of the hapless Henning Berg. Most people will say Rovers are well rid of Shebby Singh.
For my part he will always have my thanks for the part he played in the eventual departure of the awful Steve Kean.
But the one thing he did seem to get absolutely spot-on was his determination to appoint Tim Sherwood as Rovers manager.
Sherwood at the time was head coach of Spurs Academy and was not available.
Twice Singh tried for Sherwood. Twice the Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy refused Singh permission to speak to Sherwood.
Only for Singh to finally give up resulting in the disastrous appointments of Berg and then Appleton.
Ex –Rovers player Sherwood, who spent 7 years at Ewood, was interested in talking to Rovers but Levy was adamant he was going nowhere.
Since then Sherwood has gone on to successfully manage Spurs for 6 months. Having lost the Spurs job, incorrectly in my opinion Sherwood is now manager of Aston Villa.
And what a good job he is doing. His enthusiasm is infectious and Villa are revitalised, in the FA Cup semi-final and looking like having every chance of avoiding relegation.
How QPR must regret not appointing Sherwood when they had the chance.
Maybe Shebby Singh was right when he said “Sherwood is the next best thing”.
However, don’t get me wrong, although Tim Sherwood would have been an inspired appointment, I am more than happy with Gary Bowyer.
Rovers U / 21 head coach Eric Kinder, is the newly appointed Rovers Head of Academy.
Kinder (pic above) will still keep the role of U / 21 manager on match days.
Kinder worked with the Rovers Academy between 1999 – 2006 before moving to Carlisle.
Eric was brought back to Rovers by Gary Bowyer in June 2013 as Rovers U / 21 manager.
Kinder’s promotion carries the responsibility of producing home grown players for the first team.
It is the only way forward for clubs run on a ‘shoe string’, like the Rovers.
Kinder describes the role as “his dream job”.
Eric Kinder’s career has been a meteoric rise up the football ladder, for the ex – Clitheroe and Accrington Stanley player. Who used to run the ‘iconic’ Hair and Hounds football team in the Blackburn Sunday League during the 1980’s and early 90’s.
Kinder started his coaching career with Preston North End in 1993.
Eric is well liked within Ewood and has a good relationship with Gary Bowyer. With whom he worked with previously at Brockhall during his first spell at the club.
Gary Bowyer (pic above) will start his 3rd full term as Rovers manager, as soon as this season ends. Regardless of what fortunes befall the Rovers between now and mid-May.
It is a correct and wise decision by the Clubs owners.
However there is a twist.
Venky’s of London Limited have publically stated, following the revelation they are £80m in debt and rising. More than double the amount they paid for the club, due to the mishandling of player recruitment and contracts by Jerome Anderson.
That in order to sustain the club, Premiership Football HAS to be retained by 2016.
That means promotion next season or BUST.
Failure to do so could mean the consequences will lead Administration as the hapless Rao family finally lose interest and patience in their ill-fated purchase of Blackburn Rovers in November 2010.
If Rovers are not an established top 6 side, and a long way off the pace, by the Christmas programme Bowyer will be replaced.
Simple as that – no ifs, no buts. That is the owner’s strategy ‘carved in stone’.
Just who they would get to replace Bowyer is anyone’s guess, given their previous track record for disastrous appointments.
But unfortunately it would be BYE BYE Gary.
Let us hope it does not come to that.
When Gary Bowyer phoned his old boss for help, Big Sam was only too pleased to help out.
With Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson. No longer on the Ewood scene, Sam was only too pleased to help his ex U/21 Manager.
Rovers central defender problem was quickly resolved when Allardyce (pic above) agreed to let his young centre half, Doneil Henry, out on loan to the Rovers.
Allardyce had signed Henry from Toronto FC on the recommendation of former Rover Ryan Nelsen who had managed Toronto.
Although the young Canadian has yet to make his West Ham debut, he is highly thought of and one for the future.
Allardyce’s attitude towards the Rovers has gradually warmed following his sacking in December 2010.
‘Big Sam’ now knows and has evidence, that the blame for his sacking, allegedly lays firmly at the feet of Venky’s advisor / SEM agency, owned by Jerome Anderson and includes Charlie Nicholas as a Director. Who recommended the sacking of Allardyce to the new owners in 2010. Anderson then installed his own client, the awful Steve Kean, into the manager’s chair and effectively took full control of the club. As shown in the infamous letter from Chairman John Williams, Managing Director Tom Finn and Finance Director Martin Goodman to Mrs Anuradha J Desai Chair Person on the 4th January 2011.
Which effectively proves the alleged illegal involvement of Jerome Andersons involvement with the club.
This letter along with other pieces of evidence, will be reproduced on this site shortly.
However, Rovers consequential troubles, as a result of Anderson alleged skulduggery are no longer a concern to Allardyce and he has a good relationship with Gary Bowyer.
Doneil Henry made his debut at short notice in the 2 – 1 win at Sheffield Wednesday. Then impressed in the 1-0 win against Bolton. Before having to leave the field injured in the 3-1 win at Charlton.
Doneil has certainly filled a gap, following the injury to Grant Hanley and for that we have to thank Gary Bowyers astute assessment of bringing players in on loan. And of course are ex manager Big Sam.