x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Venky's hatch a plan for Blackburn Rovers

The owners of the Premier League club talk of getting the voice of the fans as well as they sit down to discuss the "weak points".

The owners of Blackburn Rovers say they will come up with a "plan of action" this week following the club's poor start to the season.

Since taking over Rovers just under a year ago, Venky's, the Indian poultry firm, have seen the team narrowly avoid relegation from the Premier League last term and lose five of their seven league fixtures to date this season.

Blackburn are 19th in the table, and the pressure is mounting on Steve Kean, the manager who was installed as a replacement for Sam Allardyce by Venky's shortly after they completed their buyout.

During and after Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Manchester City at Ewood Park, a section of Rovers fans loudly voiced their dissatisfaction and held up "Kean Out" banners.

Blackburn are in India this week and Venkatesh Rao, who co-owns the club with his brother Balaji Rao and sister Anuradha Desai via Venky's, said a "very big discussion" is going to take place about the situation in the next few days.

"I have spoken with Steve and we are working on our weak points," he told Sky Sports News. "We are going to sit [down] this weekend and have a very big discussion over this.

"I'm sure we are going into the depth of it and believe all of us are going to sit and have a long, long chat and come out with some plan of action."

Rao stressed the importance of the supporters making their opinions known about the club's plight. "It is like a family and we should know what the fans feel about it," he said.

"It is an open interaction, so that we know exactly where we are going wrong, where we are doing good and where we can improve ourselves."

Rao acknowledged that Venky's must take some of the blame for what has happened, but was keen to emphasise their commitment to Blackburn and their determination to succeed "at any cost".