Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Venky's rule out Blackburn sale

Venkatesh Rao

Blackburn owners Venky's have insisted they have "no interest" in selling the club just a year after taking over at Ewood Park.

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.

"We have no interest in selling Blackburn Rovers whatsoever," co-owner Venkatesh Rao told the Lancashire Telegraph.

Venky's mark their first anniversary in charge this Saturday, but their reign has come in for increased criticism in recent months with performances on the pitch prompting a number of fans' protests.

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.

There is growing discontent among supporters about the direction the club has gone in over the last year and while protests were initially aimed at manager Steve Kean, the last one prior to the international break also targeted Venky's.

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