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Blackburn owners promise overhaul after relegation

Blackburn Rovers Indian owners say they will do something on the team's relegation

Soccer ball. Picture: Supplied
Blackburn Rovers,Blackburn Rovers relegated
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NEW DELHI - Blackburn Rovers will instigate a number of changes in the coming months as they plan to fight their way back into the Premier League at the first attempt, the club's unpopular Indian owners Venky's said.

Since the Indian poultry giant's $37 million takeover in November 2010, the club have struggled on the pitch, leading to regular fan protests as the 1995 Premier League champions failed to stave off the drop to the Championship.

Blackburn's relegation was confirmed with a 1-0 home defeat by Wigan Athletic on Monday but B Balaji Rao, a director and member of the family that owns Venky's, is confident the club will quickly return to the elite group.

"We were certainly not expecting to be relegated. It was the saddest bit of news for me since my mother passed away," Rao told Friday's Times of India newspaper.

"But we will bounce back within a year. There will be lots of changes in the near future. We will bring in changes within the next month," he said.

"In the last month, we have made the club debt-free."

Rao, however, declined to comment on manager Steve Kean's future, the newspaper said.
He reiterated the club was not up for sale and said most players were willing to help lead the club back into the top flight.

"We cannot hold back players. Those who want to leave may do so. But let me tell you, 80 percent of the players want to stay," he said.

"We are here for the long haul. We have absolutely no intentions of selling the club... our entire family has fallen in love with the club. We cannot sell it."

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