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- Pre Venky’s
- Venky’s buying the club
Rovers finished 10th in the 2009–10 season under Sam Allardyce and reaches the semi-final of the League Cup. The club at that point was owned by the Jack Walker Trust who owned the club. At this point the club had a debt around £20 million, but had been in the top division since 2001–02.
The 2010-11 season started with Allardyce in charge and had an average start to the season. Allardyce would soon sacked as the Venky’s took over the club.
Venky’s buying the club
In November 2010 the Rao family bought Blackburn Rovers for £23m with a debt of about £20m. The Rao family owns the V H Group, which has a subsidiary called Venky’s which is a large poultry company.
Venky’s London Ltd a holding company bought the 99.9% of shares in Blackburn Rovers from the Jack Walker Trust. The club had been up for sale for two years by the trust and at the time the chairman of the trust Paul Egerton-Vernon said:
“We’re very pleased to be passing on the Rovers to the Rao family. We have been impressed with their enthusiasm and their plans and ideas for investment as well as their wish to preserve the legacy of Jack Walker.”
In December soon after the take over Sam Allardyce was sacked as manager. The decision game as a shock to Allardyce, players and fans at the time. Steve Keane was appointed as manager who at the time was first-team coach at Rovers. His first managerial job after coaching roles at Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry with Chris Coleman as manager.
Initially installed as manager on a temporary basis in January 2011 he was awarded a full-time contract until June 2013. It later emerged that Keane’s agent Jerome Anderson was a part of the takeover deal.
Keane steered Rovers to a 15th place finish, five places lower than the previous season under Allardyce.
In the 2011-12 season under Keane Rovers were relegated from the Premier League after 11 season in the top flight.
2012-13 season back in the Championship – 5 managers in a season
The 2012-13 season in the Championship started with Steve Keane being backed. Rovers signed Jordan Rhodes for £8 million from Huddersfield, Leon Best from Newcastle and Dickson Etuhu from Fulham. However exiting the club in the summer was Steven N’Zonzi, Yakubu, Junior Hoilett and Radosav Petrović.
Things started well with 4 wins in the opening 6 games under Steve Keane. The night before a game with Charlton Keane resigned which came after Keane said his position was untenable.
Eric Black took over as caretaker for a month and then came in Henning Berg the former Blackburn defender. The Norwegian only lasted 10 games, losing 6, drawing 3 and only winning one. Sacked on Boxing day rovers were looking for their third manager of the season already.
Reserve team manager Gary Bowyer took over as caretaker manager into the new year. In January Rovers appointed Michael Appleton who only spent 65 days as Blackpool manager.
Appleton’s time at Blackburn was only to last two more days than his time at Blackpool. He only managed 4 wins in 15 ans was shown the door in March. Gary Bowyer came back in as caretaker till the end of the season for the remaining 9 games.
Rovers ended up in 17th place in the Championship 4 points from the relegation zone. It was clear that during the season there was lack of leadership at the club from the owners. Chairman Derek Shaw had made trips out to India to meet the owners but investment in the club and the future remained unclear.
Championship days and manager round about to come..