Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Friday January 13 2012
The BRFC Action Group and the protesters are at Ewood Park as we speak taking part in a 24 hour protest against Venky's running of the club.
The protest has been organised to be peaceful but demonstrative and to show the level of distress caused by Venky's near 14 month reign at Blackburn Rovers.
The demonstrations will culminate in an arranged march before tomorrow's match against Fulham kicks off at 3pm.
The group have also issued a statement with regards to the ongoing troubles at the club and the recent interview given to Sky Sports by former Rovers associate/agent Jerome Anderson.
The statement read - 'We are appalled by the accusations made by Jerome Anderson in his Sky interview earlier this week regarding the organised element of protest against Venkys and Steve Kean. Both organisers have been supporters for over 30 years, and have seen our club through the good and bad times. The club is in complete turmoil from the top down. There is no sinister plan, or alterior motive surrounding the protest which have been going on for four months. Blackburn Rovers are currently bottom of the Premier League, Our Manager Steve Kean, has the worst managerial record in our Premiership history.
Our owners, who Jerome Anderson sourced have increased debt level and recorded an £18 million operating loss in their first 6 months of ownership. Part of this debt is due to the £4.3 Million paid to agent's including Jerome Anderson who by his own admission was heavily involved in advising Venkys over transfer and contracts. This was a 300% rise on agent fee's from previous years, They are now at a similar level to Manchester United, whose transfer net spend is 4 or 5 times greater than Rovers.
We are equally concerned that Anderson has found the need to discuss Blackburn Rovers private business in a TV interview and has issued legal notices on various comment/discussion boards which are used by Blackburn Rovers supporters. Jerome Anderson profited massively from the sale of Blackburn Rovers to Venkys, and was paid by both the seller and purchaser.
Blackburn Rovers supporters have never publicly via media platforms questioned Jerome Anderson, and for him to make these accusations at a time when supporters have genuine concern for the future of their club, is insulting and without substance. We are always happy to communicate with any party and have always been open and frank, about our concerns and intentions. As organisers we are extremely disappointed that our integrity has been called into question by an individual who has been paid handsomely for his services by Blackburn Rovers.
A smear campaign against the supporters has been in full force in recent weeks, but at all times we have remained calm and kept our dignity. Our supporters have been protesting because they care and are worried about the clubs long term future under our absent owners stewardship. If Jerome Anderson has an issue with supporters perhaps it would of been an idea to address the supporters professionally and in person, than to publicly distance himself from the issue's which are apparent at our club.'
Date:Friday January 13 2012
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