Owners: Sam deserves Rovers chance

Indian company Venky’s completed their purchase of the Ewood Park

outfit for £23million last week. The poultry giant, owned by

the Rao family, have bought the 99.9% shareholding of the Jack

Walker Trust, which has run the club since the death of their

former benefactor a decade ago. They have given their backing to

Allardyce whose team are 11th in the Premier League. “We want

results and Sam has taken up the challenge. He deserves a chance,”

Venky’s chairman Anuradha Desai told BBC Sport. Desai added: “Most

of the time the team has been between eighth and 10th in the

rankings. Only once it went out of the league. “With the right

motivation I feel they can go higher than eighth. Who is to say

they can not do better than that, say fifth or sixth position, why

not? “To this end, the group have promised manager Allardyce funds

to spend in the January transfer window. “Some money has been put

aside in improving the health of the club,” she revealed, adding

they are currently “looking at a striker” but refused to provide

further information. Allardyce himself has admitted he would be

keen to bring former Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz back to Ewood

Park from Manchester City. Under Walker’s ownership the club

reached the top flight and won the then Premiership in 1995 and

Venky’s are looking to continue his legacy while exploring all

commercial avenues. “We were looking at football clubs for

ownership as a majority holder. We did not want to be a sleeping

partner. “When our agency brought this proposal we could draw

parallels between the Jack Walker legacy and our traditional

business. “Blackburn itself is a big brand. In my opinion it has

not been exposed and can grow leaps and bounds. “We are looking for

sponsors and may add a prefix or suffix for Ewood Park but we will

not change any names. We would never want to upset the fans.”