Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Rovers fans to step up protests

Blackburn fans protest

Organised protests against the current Blackburn hierarchy are to resume with "increased intensity", it has been announced.

With the club struggling near the foot of the Barclays Premier League, a section of Rovers supporters have demonstrated against manager Steve Kean and owners Venky's at several Ewood Park fixtures this season.

The action was officially postponed for the final two home matches of 2011, although losses in those games against West Brom and Bolton saw many fans continue to vent their anger anyway.

Blackburn then enjoyed an upturn in form, securing a 1-1 draw at Liverpool and a shock 3-2 victory at Manchester United, and after Monday's home game against Stoke, Kean praised the Blackburn supporters for getting behind their team, even though they lost 2-1.

However, organisers Glen Mullan and Simon Littler have now released a statement confirming that further protests are planned.

It read: "The aim of the protests, as from the start, will be about the removal of Steve Kean as first-team manager, Venky's as owners of the club and now the removal of the board of directors. The intensity of the protest will increase substantially.

"As Blackburn Rovers fans we have no choice but to try to ensure we preserve the legacy left by the late Jack Walker.

"While we appreciate that this era is in the past, the failure by Venky's and the current board of directors to build on his legacy leaves fans with very little if anything to cling on to."

Prior to the postponement in December, Mullan had revealed that communication between protesters and the club had improved, but it is claimed in the latest statement that Blackburn have failed to keep promises on that front.

Rovers, currently 19th in the table, host Fulham in their next league match on January 14, with a trip to Newcastle in the FA Cup to come before that this weekend.

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