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John Williams talks MONEY

Rovers chairman John Williams insists that Rovers will not be forced into selling key players like last pre-season and instead can enjoy the relative safety that financial prudence brings.

Williams told BBC Radio Lancashire: 'We have, through the Premier League, managed to secure some attractive rises in overseas television revenues.

'Those differences effectively mean we can return to being a trading club rather than a selling club.'

Rovers spent a very small portion of the money they re-couped last pre-season which bought about a lot of unrest amongst the Ewood faithful... but without the balancing of the books Rovers could of been faced with a Portsmouth like situation.

Williams continued - 'It is a fact that we had to sell Roque Santa Cruz and Stephen Warnock in order to balance the books and maintain wage levels that were necessary for us to be competitive.

'The difference going forward is that within reason we can maintain our wage bill without the need to sell.

'It means that the 10th-place money has protected the fund started by the sale of Benni McCarthy to West Ham, so we have got some spending power in this close season.'

Very well said as usual from the best chairman in the business.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 20 2010

Time: 5:19PM

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I love how he just spells it out so we all know where we stand.
Mikey Delap
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20/05/2010 17:21:00

exactly mikey. there no confusion and no worry. this is how it is and we shall back you in mr williams
retroflair31
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20/05/2010 17:32:00

If Carlsberg did Football Chairmen... He would probably be just like John Williams. Just a shame theres no reward in the Premier League for running your club properly and spending to your means.
ITSALLROVER
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20/05/2010 17:36:00

I think the reward is we get to stay in the league ITSALLROVER! unlike portsmouth!
rover23
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20/05/2010 17:54:00

We are so lucky to have this man as our chairman. He really looks after the club so well.
Durks
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20/05/2010 17:55:00

The good thing is though that he doesn't HAVE to do this...
Mikey Delap
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20/05/2010 18:09:00

Love Him.
DommyWalker
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20/05/2010 18:38:00

Quite simply the best.
bignumber5
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20/05/2010 19:04:00

Williams is such a class act. He always lets us know exactly where the club is at, and as Mikey quite rightly says.. its not like he has to. Its the main reason why there is such an excellent relationship between the board and the supporters.
spinaker
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20/05/2010 19:34:00

The fans should do something for John to show our appreciation, he should have his own chant, or maybe we can buy him some flowers?
Stubbs
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20/05/2010 21:57:00

Good to see all of us on Vital totally back Williams and Co. Whilst ravageing around for news, i read of so many negative rovers, they just dont understand like we do! Cheers to the best chairman in the game!
sasman
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21/05/2010 00:05:00

Wow, that's amazing news. I hope the money will be well spent to secure that 7-10 spot for B'burn!
JT_daniel
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21/05/2010 04:25:00

start up a facebook froup 'i love john williams?' its better than flowers!
retroflair31
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21/05/2010 05:12:00

Is there a group already though?
Mikey Delap
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21/05/2010 08:42:00

john is a fantastic person, and so is simon. they both work hard in the office to do whats right for the club.
LHrover
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21/05/2010 10:29:00

Pound for pound we must be the best club in the league - probably bar Arsenal - all down to Mr. Williams
FreidelNo.1
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21/05/2010 14:09:00

...I was waiting for the cynical Oztheman comment... then remembered he's been booted out! Whatever happened to him - was he taken out, mafia style?
FreidelNo.1
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21/05/2010 14:09:00

Sas took him out, it was a tough bit of viewing! But Sas was ruthless on his killing!!!
Mikey Delap
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22/05/2010 13:43:00

 

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