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Blackburn fans plea for better dialogue

Steve Kean announced he was leaving Ewood Park on Friday Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Rovers Trust has called on Blackburn's owners to "build bridges with supporters" following the resignation of manager Steve Kean.

The 44-year-old Scot stepped down on Friday, claiming he was forced out as his position had become "untenable" and the Trust, who are raising funds to buy a stake in Rovers, have called on owners Venky's to improve the club's communications.

Wayne Wild, the co-chairman of Rovers Trust, said a 'lack of executive leadership' had put the club in 'its worst position for 20 years'.

"The need to change the manager is a perfect time for the owners to begin to build bridges with supporters.

"A new manager may offer a brief moment of optimism, but the owners really do need to address matters off the pitch where a lack of leadership and communication has left the commercial operation of Ewood Park in an appalling mess.

"Now is an excellent time for the owners, either directly or through their appointed representatives, to enter into dialogue with Rovers Trust to begin the process whereby Rovers supporters can take a direct and positive stake in the ownership of their club.

"This is the only way the owners can truly win back the Rovers fans and the community in Blackburn. If they want a thriving, successful club, with the whole town behind the team, then they must accept that Rovers supporters want a say in the running of the club."

Wild insists the time is now right for the Trust to be recognised and wants to work together with the Rovers board, with the ultimate aim to buy the Ewood Park club.

"Fans have pledged almost #3million to one of the Trust's predecessors as a sign of their commitment to change," he added.

"We want to convert those pledges and then that is money the owners can use to benefit the club if the right deal is offered.

"We have come a long way since we began this earlier this year, we are ready to talk and the timing is right for all parties to come together for the benefit of Blackburn Rovers."

– Wayne Wild, co-chairman of Rovers Trust

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