Saturday 18 November 2017

We’re not chickening out on Blackburn, say poultry owners

BLACKBURN Rovers co-owner Venkatesh Rao insists Venky's are not "fooling around" with the club and have no interest in being bought out just a year into their reign.

Middle East oil giant Qatar Petroleum have been linked with a potential takeover bid but, despite a difficult 12 months in charge, bosses at the Indian poultry firm are intent on keeping control of Rovers.

"It's not true and nothing is going to happen like that. We've had no offer and we're not interested," Rao told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We're here to stay with the club. We're not interested to give it to anybody. It's like our baby.

"Money is not everything to us. The passion is there and we don't want to let the fans down.

"We have not come here to fool around. On a serious note, we love our company, we love our club and we love our fans."

Rao also dismissed reports manager Steve Kean, who has been the target of a number of protests by fans unhappy about results, had signed a new contract.

"I don't know how the news has come out but it is nothing like, nothing has been signed," he added.

Venky's mark their first anniversary in charge this weekend but their reign has come in for increased criticism in recent months.

The club are currently next-bottom of the Barclays Premier League after taking just six points - with only one victory - from their first 11 games.

Growing discontent among supporters about the direction the club has gone in over the past year saw the last protest at Ewood Park before the international break used as a way to criticise Venky's ownership.

The Indian poultry firm took over with Rovers 14th in the league, but within a month of them arriving, manager Sam Allardyce was replaced by Kean.

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