Blackburn Rovers Action Group Statement – What Is Your Agenda?
Following the Boxing Day defeat at Barnsley, the clubs fourth consecutive league defeat. In a post-match interview manager Owen Coyle, chose to go down the same route as the previously failed Rovers manager Steve Kean by publicly questioning the travelling support stating “We know there’s a minority there that have their agenda and that’s up to them.”
After a torrid six years that has seen our beloved Rovers nosedive from a respected mid-table and well run Premier League club, into a shambolic circus bereft of leadership, direction and hope. A club that sits rooted in the relegation mire facing the drop into English footballs third tier for the first time in forty years. A club with a working boardroom of one UK based director, absent, neglectful and disinterested owners, mounting debt, a first team squad patched up with free transfers and loaned players, and a manager who has previously proved to be a failure and shows no signs of improving either tactically or motivationally.
Yes the supporters of Blackburn Rovers do have an agenda. This agenda is to have a well-run, transparent football club. One that sits proudly at the centre of the local community, one that we can feel connected with, part of and a club that operates by its motto of Arte Et Labore (By Skill and Hard Work).
The Blackburn Rovers Football Community Action Group on behalf of its members asks of the following people:
Anuradha Desai on behalf of Venky’s, once went on record saying “We will absolutely respect the Jack Walker legacy and will be actively supporting the organisation to ensure that Blackburn Rovers remain one of the best-run clubs within the Premier League.”
Yet, Six years of mismanagement and neglect show otherwise and the supporters would like to ask our absent owners, “What is your agenda?”
Owen Coyle continues with his Keanesque sound bites, stating that “We will not go down”, “We are working hard and close to turning the corner” and now questioning the supporter’s motives. With a record of just five wins, five draws and a staggering thirteen defeats from twenty three league games. The supporters would like to ask the hapless Coyle, “What is your agenda?”
Mike Cheston (Finance Director) by his own admittance cannot make major decisions at Ewood and claimed that he had made recommendations for the replacement of Paul Lambert, only to find Owen Coyle parachuted into the managerial hot seat whilst he was on holiday, on his return Cheston then bizarrely claimed that “Coyle was the standout candidate” Given Chestons endorsement of Owen Coyle, he should now be held accountable for this failed appointment. A finance director overseeing mounting debts and the downsizing of staffing levels within both the club and playing squad. The supporters would like to ask Mr Cheston, “What is your agenda?”
Suhail Pasha. Blackburn Rovers’ man of mystery. The man who was recently appointed as a go between to improve communications between Ewood and Pune, a man who has links with SEM Kentaro and was involved with Venkys at the time of the ill-fated takeover. Since his appointment Pasha has not made a single public appearance, interview or comment regarding his role. Blackburn Rovers have not yet publicly announced his appointment despite Mike Cheston confirming it at a recent supporters meeting. Pasha has declined to meet with supporters and has overseen the ever decreasing communication between the club and supporters. The supporters would like to ask Suhail “What is your agenda?”
Gandhi Babu, listed as a Director of Blackburn Rovers, and rumoured to be of a financial background, given our financial position and lack of business plan, the supporters would like to ask Mr Babu, “What is your agenda?”
Robert Coar, a non-executive director and previous chairman of Blackburn Rovers. When asked about his role of the last six years at Ewood, he chose to respond with a threat of “I’ll see you in court” to a supporter. The supporters would like to ask Bob, “What is your agenda?”
The supporters agenda is transparent, you all know that agenda, what nobody knows is what is the agenda of those involved at Blackburn Rovers, over to you!