Thursday 14 December 2017

Blackburn Rovers' owners Venky’s poised for crisis talks as CEO Paul Hunt sacked

Seasoned campaigners: the Blackburn Rovers supporters have called long and loud for the removal of owners Venky's and manager Steve Kean. Photo: Getty Images
Seasoned campaigners: the Blackburn Rovers supporters have called long and loud for the removal of owners Venky's and manager Steve Kean. Photo: Getty Images
A Blackburn Rovers fan holds up a banner at Ewood Park as the team are relegated. Photo: PA

Mark Ogden

Blackburn Rovers’ Indian owners, Venky’s, are set to fly to Britain for crisis talks at Ewood Park later this week following reports that deputy chief executive Paul Hunt has been sacked this morning.

Hunt, the author of an explosive leaked letter to Venky’s which warned of the dire situation facing the club amid claims that the players had lost support for manager Steve Kean, is understood to have driven away from Ewood Park this morning after being dismissed by the Indian owners.



However, Hunt’s departure has yet to be officially confirmed by the club, who were relegated from the Premier League on Monday.



Relegation has placed a dark cloud over the future of the 1995 Premier League champions, with fears that Venky’s no longer possess the appetite or funds to back the club in the Championship.



However, it is understood that senior members of the Venky’s hierarchy are due to meet at the club this week ahead of attending the final league game of the season at Chelsea on Sunday.



Angry Blackburn supporters have led a long-running campaign aimed at driving Venky’s and Kean out of the club.



Despite the hostility from the terraces, though, both Venky’s and Kean have vowed to fight on, with the manager insisting that he will be in place to lead the club’s promotion bid next season.

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