Dear Mr Myers.
I established ‘Reg Of The Rovers’ in response to the takeover of Blackburn Rovers by Venky’s / Rao Family in November 2010.
An more importantly to the committing of alleged ‘Outrageous Premiership Heist’ by football agent Jerome Anderson and his SEM agency, allegedly ably abetted by fellow Director / Football Pundit, Charlie Nicholas and Steve Kean.
To which I have compiled, along with others, over the years, a dossier and evidence which will be made public in due course. As Venky’s / Rao Family / Blackburn Rovers, seem reluctant to do so. Goodness knows why.
It could only do them good and show them in a more favourable, if somewhat naive light, to the Blackburn public.
However I write today on other, more trivial matters that niggle me. And perhaps you can help.
Why do Blackburn Rovers NEVER feature on Sky TV ?.
One appearance on the 8th August is the only time Rovers have featured this season.
Almost all the remainder of the Championship sides have featured on five occasions. Some more. None less than three.
Do Sky TV have an ‘Agenda’ with Blackburn Rovers ?. If so what is it. Perhaps you can tell us.
Also why do Rovers match reports never, or very rarely appear in the Daily Mail ?. At least not in my South Lakes / Cumbria Edition. Where I have my retirement cottage.
For example on Wednesday 11th Feb, after 11 Championship fixtures had taken place the previous night, everyone was either reported on, or summarised. Except Rovers v Rotherham. Why ?. And this is the ‘Norm’ with the Daily Mail.
I am not suggesting this is your fault. But in the absence of a much needed Press Officer, is it not in your remit to make sure Rovers have has a high as possible nationwide profile.
Mrs Desai’s refusal to sack ‘The Awful Steve Kean’, ad-missed supporters unprecedented protest in 2012, has led to her almost halving the customers who now pay to come through the turnstiles.
High Press and TV profile would help to encourage them back.
Last, but no means least, why does Manager Gary Bowyer not receive more public support from the club ?. In the wake of increased criticism from the local press, ie Lancs Telegraph’s Paul Wheelock, and fans blogs and comments pages, Bowyer needs more support from the club.
Rovers awful predicament is not his fault or of his making. He is doing a unbelievable good job, in very difficult circumstances.
Those responsible should be named and shamed. Jerome Anderson and Steve Kean.
Blackburn Rovers have a duty to English Football and their fans to do so.
Finally, congratulations on the clubs innovative ticket pricing v Stoke City. Much needed.
Are Rovers supporters the worst in the country ?
After Saturdays abysmal attendance the question has to be asked.
Less than 6,000 fans for a fourth round FA Cup Tie was a Ewood embarrassment.
The Lancashire Telegraph's Paul Wheelock has every right to raise the issue.
Glen Hoddle, in his National Newspaper Column, wrote “ If you don’t love the FA Cup you just don’t get football”. A dagger to the heart of Rovers fans.
The couldn’t care less attitude of my fellow Rovers supporters could have far reaching repercussions. Not least to the future involvement of the owners.
It does not encourage players to stay at the club, why should they when the supporters don’t care. Apart from Nationwide embarrassment, it reflects the club in a poor light – a club on the slide.
It echoes of the dark days of Wolves in the mid-eighties. When their attendances plummeted between 2, 000 and 4,000 when they were under the ownership of the Bhatti Bothers. Mahmud and Mohammed Bhatti, two Saudi brothers who almost took the club to extinction in 1985 – 1986.
Their story has echoes of the Rao family / Venkys.
Wolves came within 30 minutes of extinction. Read it up on Google. It will send shivers down the spine of all Rovers fans.
Multi-Millionaire, Sir Jack Hayward was their saviour. Their Jack Walker. But sadly for Rovers fans there are no Jack Walkers anymore.
The National Bank Of India are monitoring the level of support and income at Ewood Park before they renew Rovers £11m overdraft facility. As all Banks consider every aspect of a business before renewing ‘life saving’ over draft facilities. As I well know.
Sheffield Utd took 4,000 fans to Preston, Bradford took 6,000 fans to Chelsea, Brighton had a record crowd for Arsenal’s visit, Bristol City sold out for the visit of West Ham and they were high attendances at all the other ties. Blackburns Ewood Park being a notebale exception.
The Ewood attendance stood out like a ‘sore wound on a distressed animal’. Not good enough.
The club would have seen that ticket sales were going poorly days before the game. Why was action not taken ?. Why did the club not point out the possible repercussion’s to the club, for example the possibility of giving the Bank an excuse to foreclose. Far fetched ?. Possibly !
Why were special emergency ticket offers not made to the cash strapped public. £10 adults, £1 kids. For those already having paid their £20, allow two persons per ticket. Anything would have helped.
Being on National TV made it worse – EMBARRASSING.
Add to this Gary Monk’s comments on the poor playing surface, before the game, which it is. Never seen Ewood looking so poor.
The whole day was a public relations disaster. No wonder Sky TV never feature Rovers games.
Thank goodness for the teams performance and Bowyers astute management. Even Bowyer in his after match interview was embarrassed, and hinted that the fans must get behind the team.
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.
The ‘Bowyer Bashers’ are out in force. With some justification. Rovers have hit a brick wall.
Just two wins from the last 10 games and only 7 points from a possible 30 points.
Rovers are 11 points from the play-offs, but only 6 points from a bottom 6 relegation ‘Dog Fight’.
The club is in decline. Falling attendances. The embarrassment of the paltry attendance in the FA Cup v Swansea, much to the derision of the Football world. Glen Hoddle, in his National Newspaper column, wrote “If you don’t love the FA Cup you just don’t get football”. A dagger to the hearts of Rovers fans.
Also the transfer embargo, unlikely to be lifted this pre-season in the August transfer window, and the ‘Mind Blowing’ debt of £80m, have all combined to ‘Knock The Stuffing’ out of everyone. Fans, players and management alike.
What is the way forward ? Is there a way forward ? I have not got a clue.
We never hear from the owners. They do not issue any statements, encouraging or otherwise. Managing Director Derek Shaw, keeps silent. He has to, he is not allowed to issue any uncensored statements.
The club seems to be ‘Dying On Its Feet’.
What I do know is that Gary Bowyer will remain manager. There is no option. So best to get behind him and the team. If not, oblivion beckons.
Of course this situation has been brought about by the Rao family poor ownership, who know not what they are doing.
A coming together of everyone who cares about the Rovers and it’s very future is the only way.
‘United We Stand Divided We Fall‘.
Gary Bowyer, having stabilised the club the best he can, deserves a third year. Unless he gets us relegated !.
Let us stand together, like we did against the ‘Awful Kean regime’, showing solidarity.
Ok. We would like rid of the Rao family, but what is the alternative ?. Administration ?. They are keeping the club afloat. If only they would directly address the fans and let us know if there is a future. Their self-inflicted mistakes, over the past 4 years are costing them and us dear.
Back Bowyer. He must win against Fulham, and needs our backing. Or ‘The Roof Will Fall In’.
Following Rovers U/21 shock win at Newcastle in the U/21 Premier League Cup Quater / Finals.
A few weeks ago, in these columns, I praised the work Eric Kinder (pic above) was doing at Brockhall.
Only to be lambasted by a mindless individual who stated Kinder should go-WHY ?.
Bowyer brought Kinder in from Carlisle to resurrect the U/21 after the car crash era’s of the awful Kean and Shebby Singh. Who both had flooded the club with expensive mediocrity.
Now Kinder is, like Bowyer trusted he would, getting a good young squad together.
They are Rovers future.
The club is BUST – it is vital Kinder and the U/21 flourish. And that in time, players progress to the first team.
With Eric Kinder and Gary Bowyer watching on, I’m sure they will.
It is only Rovers hope.