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The Venky's promise machine is back in full swing

Rovers director Vineeth Rao has assured fans this morning that Chris Samba's departure will be the last of the key players to leave Rovers.

Samba left Rovers rather abruptly last week to Russian side Anzhi and to make matters worse a Daily Mirror article was published a few days later detailing plans to move out other more valuable stars such as Steve N'Zonzi and Scott Dann in the summer to reduce the wage bill and raise funds.

But the man charged with running the club from England has stepped out to reassure fans (ed -yes I know) that there are no plans to move on anyone else other than those deemed surplus to requirements.

Rao told the Lancashire Telegraph when asked about rumours of further sales in the summer - "There are no plans like that there, that is ridiculous. There are no plans to sell any more key players, why would there be? Our immediate focus is on staying up in the Premier League.

"We hope Chris Samba will be the last key departure. There are no plans to sell any more key players because we want to improve the squad.

"We want to add to the squad and improve it, not sell the players we have got. We are not planning on selling any more key players."

*"It was not even our intention to sell Chris Samba, we did not want to sell him.

"We wanted him on the pitch because he has been a big player but in the end we had to respect his wishes because he wanted to leave.

"We had to respect his wishes. He has played for Blackburn for five years and has been a very important player."*

I can translate the quotes in between the stars if anyone needs a handy guide to media talk.

Here goes...

'We needed the money from the Samba sale more than anything as the club owes Barclays a fair few millions.

As a result we needed to raise rather urgent funds as spending our own money is not an option.'

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 29 2012

Time: 9:17AM

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He says they have no plans, which is probably right.
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29/02/2012 09:24:00

It'll probably take a while for people to buy this!!
Mikey Delap
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29/02/2012 09:50:00

What I dont understand is why come out with this now... they say nothing for 4 months then come out with a statment that is ambigous to say the least.
Waggy Waggy Wagstaff
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29/02/2012 09:52:00

I don't concern myself much with Rovers now, mainly because the farce that the situation has descended into makes me rage, but may I ask, if Venkys let him go because they 'respect his wishes', they didn't appear to care about his wishes 6 weeks ago.... Venkeys let him go, because they got 12m for him, no other reason....
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29/02/2012 10:07:00

I'm just in total shock someone involved in the running of Rovers has actually communicated, even if it is a load of drivel. They are looknig to improve the squad in the summer? How would they do that if we get relegated? Could have done with the 'improvement' last Summer or in Jan, Vinny
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29/02/2012 12:26:00

Hopefully the start of more communication from the club... just hope they don't take lessons from SK on how to talk to fans !!
Waggy Waggy Wagstaff
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29/02/2012 13:57:00

Waggy, the reason they come out now is there were rumours in many forums including this if I am not totally wrong that they are planning to sell other players soon. So obviously they decided to clarify it to avoid it flaming another fan protest and such like. But they are damned if they speak and damned if they don't. The whole protest is based on the premise the owners don't communicate, but when they do say something people just don't believe them and accuse them of lying. Just read the comments on LET under this story to see what people are saying. So I am not surprised they don't communicate at all. I wouldn't if I were them.
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29/02/2012 14:31:00

"We have no plans" is of course excellent politician-speak that doesn't ensure anything. Just because there's no plans currently doesn't mean that there won't be in the future.
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29/02/2012 20:31:00

"We have no plans" is of course excellent politician-speak that doesn't ensure anything. Just because there's no plans currently doesn't mean that there won't be in the future.
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29/02/2012 20:31:00

thats because there is no key players left. they made 26 mill in 2 sales so thats more than they bout the club for
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29/02/2012 23:01:00


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