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Venkys Timeline Since Takeover at Blackburn Rovers

Venkys Timeline Since Takeover at Blackburn Rovers

� November 19 2010 - Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Limited under the name Venky's London Limited, complete the takeover of Premier League club Blackburn Rovers for �23m deal - SEM-Kentaro involved heavily in the takeover process. (,,10303~2225173,00.html)

21 November - Barclays Premier League match - Ewood Park - Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Aston Villa - Attendance 21,848 (,,10303~51838,00.html)

� November 26 2010 - Blackburn Rovers new owners Venkys assure manager Sam Allardyce`s position safe as manager of club following takeover. Venkys Chairwoman Mrs Anuradha Desai quoted as saying; "Sam has taken up the challenge. He deserves a chance". (

27 November - Barclays Premier League match - Old Trafford - Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers (,,10303~52133,00.html)

� December 2010 - Young England Striker Jason Banton and Paraguay Striker Julio Santa Cruz released. Banton signs for Liverpool Academy. (

04 December - Barclays Premier League match - Ewood Park - Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Attendance 22,314 (,,10303~52153,00.html)

12 December - Barclays Premier League match - Reebok Stadium - Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Blackburn Rovers (,,10303~52198,00.html)

� December 13 2010 - Blackburn Rovers club owners Venkys sack manager Sam Allardyce. Neil McDonald also removed from his position as assistant. (

Venkys statement:

'The Venky's Group, owners of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, has today confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and assistant manager Neil McDonald with immediate effect. First-team coaching duties will be taken on by Steve Kean (currently first-team coach) for the immediate future.

'We have taken this decision as part of our wider plans and ambitions for the club. We would like to put on record our thanks to Mr. Allardyce for his contribution to Blackburn Rovers Football Club.'

� December 14 2010 - Venkys Chairman Anuradha Desai makes further statement via media. (

We want good football and Blackburn to be fourth or fifth in the league or even better. The fans should trust us because this is in the best interests of the club."

� December 14 2010 - Steve Kean appointed temporary manager until new manager can be found. (

Further statement from Mrs Desai reads;

"We have been studying him (Steve Kean) and have been very impressed. He works long hours and is talented at his job. He also works well with our very skilful young players and that is important.

� December 15 2010 - Blackburn Rovers owners Venky`s announce interest in making Diego Maradona new Blackburn Rovers manager. (

December 17 2010 - Blackburn Rovers temporary manager Steve Kean announces via an article in a tabloid newspaper that he desires to become Blackburn Rovers full-time manager (

18 December - Barclays Premier League match - Ewood Park - Blackburn Rovers 1-1 West Ham United - Attendance 21,934 (,,10303~52243,00.html)

� December 22 2010 - Venkys appoint Steve Kean manager until the end of the season. (

Venkys statement:

'Venkys London Limited - Blackburn Rovers - has decided to continue with Mr Steve Kean as manager until the end of the season,'

26 December - Barclays Premier League match - Ewood Park - Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Stoke City - Attendance 25,440 (,,10303~51965,00.html)

28 December - Barclays Premier League match - The Hawthorns - West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Blackburn Rovers (,,10303~52016,00.html)


01 January - Barclays Premier League match - The Stadium of Light - Sunderland 3-0 Blackburn Rovers (,,10303~52059,00.html)

� January 04 2011 - Venkys Chairwoman reveals on Sky Sports News that she has offered Steve Kean a "two to three year" contract as manager. (,19528,11676_6634005,00.html)


'It is going to be beyond,' Desai said of Kean's contract to Sky Sports News.

'We're making a contract for him which is going to be a full-time contract. It's not just about this season.

'It's going to be a proper contract. At least two to three years.

'He thinks well. He has a vision. Mark my words, he thinks well. He's a good thinker. That's his biggest strength.'

� January 04 2011 - Blackburn Rovers owners Venkys make audacious bid to sign Brazilian legend Ronaldinho from AC Milan making a �6.2 million bid for the player. Very quickly however it is realised that the player is not interested in the unrealistic move. (

January 04 2011 - Steve Kean reveals Blackburn Rovers unrealistic interest in signing David Beckham from MLS side LA Galaxy. (

January 04 2011 - Letter is written by senior figures at Blackburn Rovers to club`s co-owner expressing concerns at the way the club being run.

05 January - Barclays Premier League match - Ewood Park - Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Liverpool - Attendance 24,522 (,,10303~53268,00.html)

� January 06 2011 - midfielder Alex Marrow signs for Crystal Palace. (,,10303~2258993,00.html)

08 January - FA Cup match - Blackburn Rovers 1-0 QPR - Ewood Park - Attendance 10,284 (,,10303~54887,00.html)

� January 12 2011 - John Jensen appointed assistant manager to Steve Kean on a contract until the end of the season. (,,10303~2264776,00.html)

January 14 2011 - talented midfielder Alan Judge signs for Nott`s County. (,,10303~2266038,00.html)

January 14 2011 - Blackburn Rovers re-sign Paraguayan Striker Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City on loan. (

15 January - Barclays Premier League match - Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn Rovers - Stamford Bridge (,,10303~53297,00.html)

� January 18 2011 - US International Jermaine Jones signs on loan from German side Schalke. (

January 20 2011 - experienced defender Pascal Chimbonda mutually agrees to terminate contract with the club. He later signs for Queens Park Rangers. (,19528,11676_6681252,00.html)

January 21 2011 - Steve Kean signs new contract as Blackburn Rovers manager that will keep him at the club until at least 2013. (,,10303~2271940,00.html)

23 January - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 2-0 West Bromwich Albion - Ewood Park - Attendance 24,057 (,,10303~53343,00.html)

29 January - FA Cup match - Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn Rovers - Villa Park (,,10303~54978,00.html)

� January 31 2011 - Argentine midfielder Mauro Formica signs for Rovers from Newell`s Old Boys. (

January 31 2011 - Reuben Rochina signed from FC Barcelona B. It is revealed that regardless of a �400,000 fee paid for the player. Over four times as much (�1.65 million) was paid to agent Nick Harris for the player to sign. (,,10303~2280797,00.html) (

02 February - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur - Ewood Park - Attendance 23,253 (,,10303~53453,00.html)

� February 02 2011 - Blackburn Rovers Venkys attend game at Ewood Park. This would be the first and only time to date that Anuradha Desai Non-Executive Chairperson of the Board of Venkys would attend Ewood Park for a match as owner of Blackburn Rovers. (

� February 03 2011 - Steve Kean reveals to the media that his 'un-sackable tag` will not be tested regardless of Rovers slump. (

February 04 2011 - long-standing Chairman and Blackburn Rovers legend John Williams leaves Blackburn Rovers. (

February 05 2011 - Shirt sponsors 'Crown Paints` decide to terminate their shirt sponsorship of Blackburn Rovers after 3 years working with the club. (

5 February - Barclays Premier League match - Wigan Athletic 4-3 Blackburn Rovers (,,10303~53464,00.html)

12 February - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Newcastle United - Ewood Park - Attendance 26,781 (,,10303~52960,00.html)

26 February - Barclays Premier League match - Aston Villa 4-1 Blackburn Rovers - Villa Park (,,10303~53480,00.html)

05 March - Barclays Premier League match - Fulham 3-2 Blackburn Rovers - Craven Cottage (,,10303~53076,00.html)

19 March - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Blackpool - Ewood Park - Attendance 27,209 (,,10303~51868,00.html)

� March 22 2011 - Defender Myles Anderson, the son of a prominent agent involved with Venkys and Blackburn Rovers signs on a Professional contract from Aberdeen having only played 1 professional game in the SPL. To date he has not played for the First team. (

02 April - Barclays Premier League match - Arsenal 0-0 Blackburn Rovers - The Emirates Stadium (,,10303~51901,00.html)

� April 08 2011 - Blackburn Rovers defender Gael Givet`s future at club thrown into doubt by contractual dispute involving Tax`s owed to player by the club. (

April 08 2011 - Givet vows to play on regardless of contractual dispute with club. (

09 April - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Birmingham City - Ewood Park - Attendance 28,426 (,,10303~52272,00.html)

� April 15 2011 - Blackburn Rovers team captain Chris Samba calls for an end to Gael Givet contract dispute. (

16 April - Barclays Premier League match - Everton 2-0 Blackburn Rovers - Goodison Park (,,10303~52368,00.html)

25 April - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Manchester City - Ewood Park - Attendance 23,529 (,,10303~52413,00.html)

30 April - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Bolton Wanderers - Ewood Park - Attendance 28,985 (,,10303~52494,00.html)

07 May - Barclays Premier League match - West Ham 1-1 Blackburn Rovers - Upton Park (,,10303~52541,00.html)

� May 09 2011 - England U21 goalkeeper Frank Fielding leaves Rovers for Derby County. (

14 May - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Manchester United - Ewood Park - Attendance 29,867 (,,10303~52581,00.html)

� May 14 2011 - Steve Kean caught drink-driving in Cheshire. He is bailed to appear at Crewe Magistrates` Court on June 7. (

A statement made by Cheshire Police revealed;

"At 8.50pm on May 14, Cheshire officers stopped a Mercedes car on the M6 southbound carriageway, between Junction 18 and 19.

The driver, a 43-year-old man, provided a positive breath test. He was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and bailed to appear at Crewe Magistrates Court next month (June 2011)."

� May 04 2011 - Paul Hunt appointed new CEO of Blackburn Rovers. (,,10303~2352650,00.html)

22 May - Barclays Premier League match - Wolves 2-3 Blackburn Rovers - Molineux (,,10303~52598,00.html)

(Blackburn Rovers stave off Relegation on the final day of the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League season)

(Sacked manager Sam Allardyce achieves a point`s total of 21 out of a possible 51 points)

(Current manager Steve Kean achieves a point`s total of 22 out of a possible 72 points)

� May 23 2011 - John Jensen signs new year-long rolling contract as assistant manager at Blackburn Rovers. (,,10303~2365140,00.html)

May 31 2011 - long-standing club managing director Tom Finn resigns from his position at Blackburn Rovers. (

June 2011 - club secretary Andrew Pincher leaves Blackburn Rovers. (

June 2011 - defender Zurab Khizanishvili signs for Turkish side Kayserispor. (

June 13 2011 - much to the disgust of Blackburn Rovers young England U21 defender Phil Jones is sold to bitter rivals Manchester United. (

June 15 2011 - Steve Kean banned from driving for 18 months after being found guilty of drinking under the influence of alcohol whilst operating a motor vehicle. (

The report read;

Steve Kean claimed that his drinks had been spiked following a Manchester United match, these claims were thrown out in court. It is revealed that Kean was caught driving at 90mph while almost twice the legal drink-drive limit

Kean initially told police he had not drunk any alcohol that day, after he was found to have 65 milligrams of alcohol in his breath, with the legal limit being 35. He also admitted drinking over a three-hour period, having two and a half glasses of red wine with Ferguson followed by a bottle of beer with some friends.

Kean described himself as 'stunned' when he was told he was over the limit and told Macclesfield magistrates court the only possible explanation was that his drinks had been laced. However, he could not provide an explanation of where this had happened or who was responsible and the district judge Nicholas Sanders said he had a public duty to ban him from the roads so he could 'no longer represent a danger to the public'.

'There is no evidence of lacing of drinks,' Sanders said. 'No one has come forward and said: 'Yes, I put 17 vodkas into his beer.' There is another explanation - and that is Mr Kean had more to drink than he has admitted.'

The judge concluded this was 'the more likely explanation' and questioned whether Kean's account could be regarded as truthful. He said: 'It is perhaps relevant that when he was stopped by the police and asked whether he had had anything to drink he replied 'no' and that was clearly not true.'

� June 23 2011 - young Rovers defender Michael Potts released and signs for York City. (

June 24 2011 - David Lowe appointed Head of Youth Coaching. (,,10303~2380974,00.html)

June 29 2011 - Anthony Bloch appointed as club Secretary. (

July 2011 - young Defenders Damilola Ajagbe, Andy Parry and Center Forward Toni Vastic? (Bayern Munich) are all released by the club.

July 04 2011, long-serving academy doctor Chris Mowbray leaves Blackburn Rovers. (

July 09 2011 - long-serving club doctor Phil Batty leaves Blackburn Rovers. (

July 11 2011 - club physio Adrian Lamb leaves Blackburn Rovers for position at rivals Aston Villa. (

July 13 2011 - talented midfielder Aaron Doran signs permanently for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. (

July 20 2011 - Wales International goalkeeper Jason Brown signs for Aberdeen. (

(Friendly match against Pune FC in India called off due to concerns about safety after terrorist attacks in the middle-east. Match re-scheduled for during Barclays Premier League season)

� July 28 2011 - Blackburn Rovers owners Venkys release a chicken fast-food advert staring a group of Blackburn Rovers players. The advert is not well received in the UK and casts negative publicity over the club for the majority of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season. (

July 29 2011 - Duncan Robertson appointed 1st team club doctor. (,,10303~2399163,00.html)

August 2011 - Blackburn Rovers and The Prince`s Trust announce that the Prince`s Trust will be Blackburn Rovers shirt sponsors for the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season. Blackburn Rovers will reap no financial gain from the partnership. (

August 03 2011 - Scottish International striker David Goodwillie signs from Dundee United. (,,10303~2409153,00.html)

August 07 2011 - Martin Goodmann club financial director and company secretary leaves Blackburn Rovers. (

August 09 2011 - Serbian International footballer Maroslav Petrovic signs from FK Partizan. (,,10303~2414652,00.html)

August 10 2011 - Simon Hunt appointed new Sporting Director. (

August 11 2011 - Steve Kean reveals to the media that he has targeted a top 10 finish for the season ahead. (

August 11 2011 - Nikola Kalinic signs for Ukrainian side Dnipro. (,,10303~2417201,00.html)

August 12 2011 - talented defender and Ireland U21 International Gavin Gunning signs for Dundee United. (,19528,11676_7095848,00.html)

August 13 2011 - Veteran Brazilian defender Bruno Ribeiro signs on a 3 year contract with an option of a fourth year. Ribeiro has no International caps and has never played in top flight football. As of this date, he has never played for the First team. (,,10303~2399105,00.html)

13 August - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Ewood Park - Attendance 21,996 (,,10303~57824,00.html)

� August 14 2011 - Portsmouth sign Zimbabwe International striker Benjani after contract expires with Rovers. (

August 16 2011 - Revealed that Blackburn Rovers have made a bit to sign Spanish Striker legend Raul. (

August 16 2011 - Raul turns down Blackburn Rovers interest and ops to stay with Schalke in Germany. (

August 20 - Barclays Premier League match - Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn Rovers - Villa Park (,,10303~57907,00.html)

August 24 - League Cup match - Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Ewood Park - Attendance 8,607 (,,10303~60971,00.html)

� August 25 2011 - fan favourite Brett Emerton signs for Sydney FC after being released by the club. (

August 26 2011 - Montenegro International midfielder Simon Vukcevic signs from Sporting Lisbon. (,,10303~2430265,00.html)

August 27 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Everton - Ewood Park - Attendance 22,826 (,,10303~57953,00.html)

Blackburn Rovers suffer their worst start to league campaign in 60 years)

o September 01 2011 - midfielder Maceo Rigters signs for Australian team Gold Coast United. (,smith-makes-way-for-rigters.aspx)

September 01 2011 - experienced midfielder El Hadji Diouf is released and later signs for Doncaster Rovers. (

September 01 2011 - Scott Dann and Yakubu sign from Birmingham City and Everton respectively. (,,10303~2438792,00.html)

September 01 2011 - young striker Jordan Slew signs from Sheffield United. (,,10303~2439034,00.html)

September 02 2011 - Steve Kean states that his team and management can "now be judged" after the transfer window slammed shut. (

September 06 2011 - Steve Kean reveals his desire to hand Junior Hoilett a new contract with the club. (

September 08 2011 - Open-Letter to owners of Blackburn Rovers published in National newspaper after it went ignored for 2 weeks having been sent directly to owners. Open letter details fan dissatisfaction at current situation involving manager Steve Kean and lack of communication from the owners of the club with the fans of the club. (

September 10 2011 - Steve Kean claims he will win over the fans with his "new look team". (

September 10 2011 - Steve Kean claims that Winger Junior Hoilett will sign a new contract in the "next few days" or "24 hours". (

September 11 - Barclays Premier League match - Fulham 1-1 Blackburn Rovers - Craven Cottage (,,10303~58024,00.html)

September 17 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Arsenal - Ewood Park - Attendance 22,637 (,,10303~58091,00.html)

� September 17 2011 - First mass protest takes place about manager Steve Kean and owners outside stadium involving a march. In the coming weeks as protests continued, Kean would claim that it was only a small portion of fans who were protesting against him. However it would soon become evident that the protests were in a larger scale then he had claimed and that the main general consensus was that Steve Kean had to be removed or resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers. (

September 20 2011 - The Blackburn Rovers End renamed the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End in memory of Blackburn Rovers Legend Ronnie Clayton who passed away in 2010. (

September 20 - League Cup match - Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Leyton Orient - Ewood Park - Attendance 7,104 (,,10303~61074,00.html)

September 24 - Barclays Premier League match - Newcastle United 3-1 Blackburn Rovers - Sports Direct Arena (,,10303~57505,00.html)

o September 24 2011 - John Jensen sacked by Blackburn Rovers without any reason given. (

Club statement simply reads;

The club would like to thank John for his efforts over the past nine months and wish him all the best for the future."

Jensen would later reveal his puzzlement at his release from the club;

You expect to get an explanation but there has been no explanation from the club. One day we might get to know the truth.

The firing was a shock for me. I still don`t know why I was fired but the main reason must be the results. When you don`t get good results it`s a risk that you`ll get sacked.

October 01 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 0-4 Manchester City - Ewood Park - Attendance 24,760 (,,10303~57560,00.html)

October 07 - Friendly Match in India - Pune 0-3 Blackburn Rovers - Pune - Rescheduled match takes place. (

o October 14 2011 - Paul Clement appointed First Team Coach at Blackburn Rovers. (

October 15 - Barclays Premier League match - Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Blackburn Rovers - Loftus Road (,,10303~57634,00.html)

o October 18 2011 - Paul Clement accused of verbally abusing Blackburn Rovers fans at Barclays Premier League match.

October 23 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur - Ewood Park - Attendance 22,786 (,,10303~57688,00.html)

October 26 - League Cup - Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Newcastle United (AET) - Ewood Park - Attendance 10,682 (,,10303~61154,00.html)

October 29 - Barclays Premier League match - Norwich City 3-3 Blackburn Rovers - Carrow Road (,,10303~58161,00.html)

o November 2011 - Steve Kean is Blackburn Rovers' second worst manager since 1992, with only Paul Ince scoring a lower win percentage.

November 01 2011 - young midfielder Jordan Bowen signs for Chorley. (

November 05 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Chelsea - Ewood Park - Attendance 21,985 (,,10303~58218,00.html)

� November 05 2011 - during the home defeat to Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers fans hire a plane to fly over Ewood Park with a banner message to owners calling on Venkys to sack manager Steve Kean. Kean denies having seen the plane although video/picture evidence shows him looking directly at it. (

November 19 - Barclays Premier League match - Wigan Athletic 3-3 Blackburn Rovers - DW Stadium (,,10303~58271,00.html)

� November 19 2011 - Steve Kean claims that there is "absolutely no chance that Blackburn Rovers will get relegated this season (2011/12 season). (

November 19 2011 - Venkys state in English National media that they will not sell Blackburn Rovers. (

November 21 2011 - Representatives of Venkys attend away game at Wigan Athletic, but mysteriously leave the match at half time. (

November 22 2011 - Steve Kean reveals to ESPN that his new contract talks have been put on hold due to it being "an inappropriate time to conclude any new contract discussions". (

November 23 2011 - it is revealed on Blackburn Rovers official website that Steve Kean has signed improved terms on his contract which would give him a bigger financial packet as manager. This being regardless of Blackburn Rovers being in the midst of a Relegation fight and regardless of comments made to the media 24 hours earlier saying all contract talks had been put on hold. (,,10303~2525580,00.html)

November 26 - Barclays Premier League match - Stoke City 3-1 Blackburn Rovers - Britannia Stadium (,,10303~58475,00.html)

November 29 - League Cup match - Cardiff City 2-0 Blackburn Rovers - Cardiff City Stadium (,,10303~61239,00.html)

� November 30 2011 - Steve Kean causes outrage in Blackburn Rovers fans by claiming the team had "Forfeited" the match against Cardiff City in the League Cup. (

December 2011 - Steve Kean boasts sizeable transfer budget and claims it would be the largest transfer budget the club will have seen in years. However demands for the satisfaction of a bank loan from Barclays Bank to the sum of �10 million would put pay to this. (

December 2011 - BRFC Action Group founded in an attempt to get Rovers fans heard by the club from a more formal platform.

December 03 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 4-2 Swansea City - Ewood Park - Attendance 23,080 (,,10303~58527,00.html)

December 11 - Barclays Premier League match - Sunderland 1-2 Blackburn Rovers - The Stadium of Light (,,10303~58555,00.html)

� December 11 2011 - Steve Kean reveals that Gael Givet had suffered heart palpitations during the match against Sunderland. A condition that has affected the defender on and off all of his adult life. (

December 12 2011 - Local media reports that Gael Givet requires a test on his heart. (

December 17 2011 - It is revealed that Givet might need heart surgery to correct his heart palpitations. (

December 17 2011 - It is widely reported in National media that Steve Kean has been given 2 games to save his job. A loss to either West Bromwich Albion or Bolton Wanderer`s in the next 2 home games would see the manager sacked. Blackburn Rovers lose both of the forthcoming games, and Steve Kean remains as manager. (

December 17 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Bromwich Albion - Ewood Park - Attendance 22,909 (,,10303~58594,00.html)

December 18 2011 - It is revealed the National media that Givet will require heart surgery. (

December 20 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers - Ewood Park - Attendance 25,570 (,,10303~58320,00.html)

� December 19 2011 - Blackburn local Newspaper the Lancashire Evening Telegraph publish a newspaper calling for Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean to step down. (

December 20 2011 - Steve Kean Question and Answer with Lancashire Evening Telegraph with regards to Front Page spread the day before. (

December 20 2011 - Blackburn Rovers fan favourite Michel Salgado reveals that he has been left out of the team due to a contractual dispute. If he plays a certain number of days the club would be automatically required to give him a year long extension to his current contract. (

December 20 2011 - Revelation that Steve Kean had taken his son to a press conference, widely believed to have been to put journalists off of asking difficult questions out of embarrassment. (

December 21 2011 - Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle claims that "Blackburn Rovers fans have not given Steve Kean a chance". (

December 21 2011 - LMA release statement backing Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean. (

December 21 2011 - former Blackburn Rovers Striker and fan favourite Kevin Gallagher states that Steve Kean`s position as Manager has become untenable. (

December 22 2011 - Everton FC manager David Moyes reveals that he left recent match in which Blackburn Rovers took part in that he had travelled to watch at half-time due to protests against manager Steve Kean. (

December 23 2011 - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson condemns protests against Rovers manager Steve Kean. (

December 22 2011 - Alan Pardew (Newcastle United manager), Neil Lennon (Glasgow Celtic manager) and Harry Redknapp (Tottenham Hotspur manager) voice their support for under-fire manager Steve Kean. (

December 23 2011 - Steve Kean reveals that Gael Givet heart surgery successful and that the player should be available for selection very soon. (

December 26 - Barclays Premier League match - Liverpool 1-1 Blackburn Rovers - Anfield (,,10303~58328,00.html)

- December 27 2011 - Blackburn Rovers legend Tony Parkes calls for manager Steve Kean to get the sack as "he is leading the club to relegation". (

December 30 2011 - Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean talks about Club Captain and Center-Back Ryan Nelsen;

"He's in a bad way. I've just been to see him. He's in traction. We need experienced players in the team and I can't wait to get him back, but I doubt he'll be let out before the end of the season.' (

December 31 - Barclays Premier League match - Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers - Old Trafford (,,10303~58375,00.html)


� January 2012 - BRFC Action Group committee structured.

January 01 2012 - Fan favourite, Club Captain and Center-Back Ryan Nelsen released from contract with club. (,,10303~2595866,00.html)

January 02 2012 - Ryan Nelsen successfully passes a medical at Tottenham Hotspur after being released by Blackburn Rovers and signs a contract with the team until the end of the season. (

January 02 - Barclays Premier League - Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Stoke City - Ewood Park - Attendance 20,615 (,,10303~58417,00.html)

� January 02 2012 - Blackburn Rovers Grenadian Striker Jason Roberts reveals that he has also been caught up in a contractual dispute and that he has not been allowed to play for the team. (

January 06 2012 - Paul Clement leaves his position at Blackburn Rovers to become assistant manager at PSV. (

January 07 - FA Cup match - Newcastle 2-1 Blackburn Rovers - Sports Direct Arena (,,10303~61408,00.html)

� January 10 2012 - Football agent Jerome Anderson attacks Blackburn Rovers fans in National media. Giving a live interview on Sky Sports News. (


 Fans involved in protest against Manager Steve Kean are not "true supporters" of the club

Stating "Are there other things going on that we are not aware of? Are there groups of people that say they are supporters but actually don`t want Venky`s to succeed for whatever reason or for the manager to succeed?"

Commenting "are these people at Blackburn really supporters of the football club?"

Making accusations of abuse to his family including his son, and Blackburn Rovers defender Myles Anderson.

� January 10 2012 - Councillor Kate Hollern, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, criticised the comments made by Jerome Anderson. Stating;

There are no ulterior motives or dark forces at work.

Fans are simply just rightly frustrated and angry at how the club is currently being run. We simply want greater transparency from the owners, better communication, a visible presence from them in Blackburn and proper leadership to sort this mess out.

This is not just about results on the pitch. Blackburn Rovers FC are at the heart of the local community. The club is vital to the area`s well being. We are just concerned that their future is safeguarded."

January 12 2012 - Influential team captain speaks to media about desire to test himself at a higher level of football. (

January 13 2012 - Manager Steve Kean assures fans that he will talk to Christopher Samba in an attempt to keep him at the club. (

January 14 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Fulham - Ewood Park - Attendance 18,003 (,,10303~59373,00.html)

� January 16 2012 - Samba reaffirms desire to leave Blackburn Rovers in the media. (

January 16 2012 - Steve Kean admits that Gael Givet contract dispute lead to his dropping from the First team. (

January 17 2012 - Steve Kean reveals that Team Captain Christopher Samba is "not for sale". (

January 17 2012 - Blackburn Rovers sign talented young New Zealand Defender Tim Payne for a minimal fee from Waitakere United. (

January 19 2012 - Rovers sign young French Striker Anthony Modeste from Bordeaux on loan until end of season. (

January 20 2012 - Eric Black appointed assistant manager. (

January 21 - Barclays Premier League match - Everton 1-1 Blackburn Rovers - Goodison Park (,,10303~59420,00.html)

� January 26 2012 - Blackburn Rovers experienced striker Jason Roberts completes full time move to Reading. (

January 26 2012 - Christopher Samba accuses Venkys of breaking promises made to him about the quality of player signings if he stayed at the club. (

January 31 2012 - Ireland International Midfielder leaves Blackburn Rovers on a Free Transfer and signs for West Bromwich Albion on a short-term deal until the end of the season. (

January 31 2012 - Right-Back Bradley Orr signs from Queens Park Rangers. (,,10303~2595562,00.html)

January 31 2012 - Martin Olsson`s twin Brother Marcus Olsson signs from Halmstads BK on a Free transfer. (,,10303~2594567,00.html)

February 01 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Newcastle United - Ewood Park - Attendance 20,817 (,,10303~59505,00.html)

� February 01 2012 - Blackburn Rovers Legend Colin Hendry claims on National Radio that Steve Kean can save Rovers from relegation. (

February 02 2012 - Young Rovers Striker Tom Hitchcock, son of Former Chelsea Goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock is released having spent periods out on loan. He will later sign for Queens Park Rangers. (

February 04 - Barclays Premier League match - Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn Rovers - The Emirates Stadium (,,10303~59508,00.html)

February 11 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Queens Park Rangers - Ewood Park - Attendance 20,252 (,,10303~59136,00.html)

� February 21 2012 - BRSIT officially announce plans to take over Blackburn Rovers. (

February 23 2012 - MP Jack Straw lends his support to BRSIT takeover plan. (

February 24 2012 - Blackburn Rovers team captain Christopher Samba completes move to Russian team Anzhi. (

February 24 2012 - Steve Kean bizarrely reveals to the National media that he has had to hire a bodyguard to protect him from angry Blackburn Rovers fans. (

February 24 2012 - Assistant Manager Eric Black assures fans that the sale of Christopher Samba will not have a negative impact on the team. (

February 25 - Barclays Premier match - Manchester City 3-0 Blackburn Rovers - Etihad Stadium (,,10303~59265,00.html)

� February 29 2012 - Venkys assure fans that no more key players will be sold following departure of Christopher Samba. (

March 2012 - BRFC Action Group website goes online. (

March 2012 - BRSIT is founded. An initiative with the intent to buy Blackburn Rovers owners Venkys out of the club using funds generated by Blackburn Rovers fans is born. Headed by local Blackburn based businessman Wayne Wild, director of WEC Limited, a commercial partner and sponsor of Blackburn Rovers since 2008, and finance expert Daniel Grabko. (

March 03 - Barclays Premier League match - Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Aston Villa - Ewood Park - Attendance 20,717 (,,10303~57748,00.html)

� March 06 2012 - Blackburn Rovers fans express unhappiness at 'over-aggressive stewarding` in which fans were searched before entering stadium for Aston Villa match. (

March 10 - Barclays Premier League match - Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Blackburn Rovers - Molineux (,,10303~58640,00.html)

� March 12 2012 - Steve Kean reiterates his desire to keep talented Winger Junior Hoilett at Blackburn Rovers. (

Date:Sunday June 17 2012
Time: 10:11PM

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Why have you left May June and July out, but included them on another site. just wondered.
18/06/2012 04:41:00
Its like reliving a nightmare!
18/06/2012 11:25:00
Its like reliving a nightmare!
18/06/2012 11:25:00
bypass06 apparently there is a maximum article length on Vital Blackburn Rovers. Have published the rest in a seperate article available now.
18/06/2012 12:38:00
Cheers Tombo.
18/06/2012 13:53:00
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