How the Venky’s chickens have “Come Home To Roost”.
Football’s rich list, as published by accountants Deloitte, this week. Show ALL 20 Premierships clubs from England’s top flight last season, amongst the world’s richest 40 clubs.
And so it would have been for Blackburn Rovers had Mrs Desai not sacked Sam Allardyce on 13th December 2010.
Allegedly on the advice of her ‘advisor’ and football agent Jerome Anderson.
Anderson allegedly even scripted the statement Mrs Desai gave to Sky TV Sports News the following day.
And I quote. “We have sacked Sam Allardyce for the future good of the club. “ We should be in the Premiership top 4 and playing in Europe. “We do not play entertaining football, and I like to be entertained”. And all this from a woman who had never watched a Premiership game in her life or even set foot on an English football ground. Amazing. Draw your own conclusions.
At the time of Allardyce’s sacking Rovers were mid table in the Premiership and 5 points off the top 5. Possibly the highest position in football Rovers will attain for generations to come.
Five short years later Rovers are a mid-table second tier side. £80m in debt. Fallen foul of FFP. Under a transfer embargo. And to all accounts – BUST.
Mrs Desai should revisit her statement of December 2010 and apologise profusely to all Rovers supporters, and the townsfolk of Blackburn, for completely ruining their football club.
She should while she is at it also apologise to Allardyce. Not to mention the departed Chief Executive Tom Finn and Chairman John Williams, for completely ruining all their good work over the years. Whilst allowing Anderson to allegedly plunder the club with the help of the awful Kean.
Then and only then can we even start to move forward.
Had she kept her nerve with Allardyce, Rovers would still be a Premiership club. Allardyce may have moved on by now, but he would have left Rovers in the Premiership. Big Sam does not do relegation.
It has been rumoured, by former players, Keith Andrews being one of them, that Venky’s didn’t even know Rovers could be relegated. They thought they had bought a franchise – similar to the Indian Cricket Premier League. UNBELEIVABLE.
It was well known in English football circles. That the ‘Big Pay Day’ from Sky TV to the Premier League was coming. Hence the panic to stay in it or get into it.
Did Anderson not brief the new owners of this – OBVIOUSLY NOT.
The case for suing Andersons SEM agency for Millions and Millions of pounds is over whelming.
Venky’s must employ the best of International Solicitors. Why oh why do they not pursue Anderson through the courts ?.
Alleged mis-appropriation of funds, alleged mis-leading advice, alleged mis-management, alleged malpractice, alleged fraud and deception. Who knows ? I haven’t a clue - but I am sure there is a solicitor who will.
What is Mrs Desai afraid of ? Maybe the cost of proceedings. But they have lost enough money already so what the hell. Maybe not a strong enough case. Maybe Anderson has not a case to answer. Or maybe she and her brothers are totally embarrassed at being taken for ‘Mugs’ ?.
Just look at those twenty English Premiership Clubs now flourishing Mrs Desai – yours could have been one of them.
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.
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.
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.