Fears have been circulating around Blackburn about the possible name change with a probable title being “Venky’s Stadium”.
New chairman Anuradha Desai said: ‘We need to improve the brand Blackburn Rovers. The management thus far has done a good job but has not been proactive enough. We are looking to change that.
‘Arsenal named their stadium ‘The Emirates’ after their main sponsors. Our stadium could be called the Venky’s Stadium or could adopt the name of another sponsor.
‘We are looking to spread the name of Blackburn Rovers wher-ever we can. India is our major target.’
So what would fans think of this? Surely protecting the people that already love the club should be your main focus when coming in as a foreign owner? Things have certainly changed since the Jack Walker years and I’m sure many Rovers’ fans may agree that such a name change would have the late Mr. Walker turning in his grave.
Coming from Blackburn myself, I think this move is idiotic. Blackburn struggle to fill the stadium as it is, let alone renaming it and covering the stadium in Indian branding. Financially it may be of benefit to Blackburn, but I’m fairly sure fans would prefer to maintain the integrity of their club than see financial rewards reaped by foreign businessmen.
As David Ginola (of all people) very correctly pointed out on last night’s match of the day, foreign ownership is killing the family oriented traditional style of English football.
I fear that club execs who are desperate to see the financial investment seen at clubs like Chelsea or Manchester City are selling themselves out in the hope that they will see the instant success such a takeover may promise.
In the end, regardless of the owner, no club will achieve instant success if every one of them are owned by a foreign businessman who treats the club like a trophy wife.
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