Blackburn striker Roberts backs Venky's
Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts has backed the club’s Indian owners, Venky’s.
Rovers became the first South Asian owned club in the Premier League when Venky’s chairperson, Anuradha Desai, purchased the club for £43m in November last year.
At the time, the group’s director Balaji Rao, said the firm intended to “exploit the Indian market in particular, and beyond that, the whole of Asia” to increase the club’s fan base.
Speaking at the recent Lebara British Asian Sports Awards, Roberts believed some of the media coverage aimed at the group, which was initially set up as a poultry firm and has now expanded into other sectors, as “strange”.
He said: “We have a game whereby owners are coming from all over the world and having someone from India is very positive. I for one have welcomed Venky’s into the English game.
“They have ambition and that excites me. They are good people who want the best for Blackburn and they deserve as good a chance as anyone else.”
Roberts, who has represented Grenada at international level, believes 40 points will be enough to stay in the Premier League, and therefore stop speculation regarding manager Steve Kean’s future.
Registering his support for the club’s current manager, he said: “He is someone the whole club is behind. He has the respect of everyone and all the players want to do well for him.”
More information on Jason Roberts can be found on www.jasonrobertsfoundation.com
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