A bad day to be Asian in Blackburn

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Many people believe Blackburn Rovers never really stood a chance as soon as the club was taken over.

A close range header from unmarked Wigan midfielder Anton Alcaraz put the final nail in the coffin of a club many believed were doomed since new owners Venkys arrived.

It is obvious that many Asians in Blackburn felt the same level of belwilderment at how their beloved club was run.

I know many will realise that this set of owners was as foreign to Asians in Blackburn as anyone else. But you can't help feel embarrassed and angry at how this has all ended.

In a game in which Rovers needed maximum points, the lacklustre display confirmed on a dull, dark, damp Lancashire night that the ill omens hanging all season would prevail.

The team showed little passion with two targets on goal compared to no shots on goal in their previous game v Tottenham.

These were untypical performances of a once great club showing little fibre, will, nor inclination of unity, belief in their manager let alone respect for the fee paying public.

Rovers have witnessed upheaval all season dogged by mass protests from fans dissatisfied at rookie manager Steve Kean appointed at the expense of the former vastly experienced and successful manager Sam Allardyce.

The new Indian poultry owners Venkys have been accused of having little knowledge in the intricacies of running a professional football club and relied on external advisors to their detriment now.

During their Premiership tenure, Blackburn Rovers fans have witnessed winning the Premiership title thanks to the investment of local benefactor Jack Walker in 1995. They have won the Full members Cup, Carling Cup, finished in the top ten on repeated occasions.

This fall from grace under circumstances when deep divisions and resentment runs through the club may see this cotton town club reeling into the lower leagues if owners Venkys fail to realise the seriousness of their investment decisions and persistence in keeping with a rookie manager.

Blackburn fans will wake up now to the reality that the Premiership is no more and to return they must overcome the likes of Burnley, Leeds United, Millwall, Ipswich to name a few.

Uncle Jack will be turning in his grave as will the greats who have passed through the hallowed turf at Ewood Park.

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