Blackburn in meltdown
BLACKBURN ROVERS staff are bracing themselves for redundancies of up to 40pc as the club slipped into total meltdown yesterday following their relegation from the Premier League, writes HENRY WINTER.
Employees know that the club's controversial owners, Venky's, plan a range of cutbacks amid fears of administration. As well as jobs, sources at Ewood indicate that Venky's is considering merging the Academy with the first team so they operate out of one building at Brockhall Village. This would allow the club to sell off the Academy land.
Player sales are also anticipated. Venky's have already refused the contract demands of Junior Hoillett, despite manager Steve Kean stating publicly that a deal is close. Tottenham are among a host of clubs keeping a watchful eye on developments.
Yakubu, Steven Nzonzi and Paul Robinson will also be targets for other clubs.
As well as the huge drop in TV revenue, Rovers will also be hit by a contraction in commercial revenue. So far, only 1,200 season tickets have been sold in the club's early-bird ticket programme.
A company which once rented a large executive box at Ewood for £15,000 a season was offered the same package for £3,000. It turned it down.
The internal warfare seizing Ewood has been laid bare by a leaked letter exposing a club in turmoil.
In the letter, written last December, deputy chief executive Paul Hunt warns the owners of a doomsday scenario if they fail to act -- starting with the immediate sacking of Kean. (© Daily Telegraph, London)