Blackburn's owners want top-five finish

The owners of Blackburn Rovers have outlined their vision for the future of the club which sheds light on the decision to sack Sam Allardyce yesterday.

Venky Group chairwoman, Anuradha Desai, revealed that they want a top-five finish in the Premier League as well as a more entertaining brand of football.

‘We want good football and Blackburn to be fourth or fifth in the league or even better. The fans should trust us because this is in the best interests of the club,’ she told the Lancashire Telegraph.

Desai continued making it clear that Blackburn’s owners want to appoint a British manager: ‘Our thinking now is that it will be a British manager. But we are open if there is an outstanding candidate, someone who would be really, really good for the club.’

That would appear to rule out Martin Jol and Sven-Göran Eriksson who have both been linked to the vacant position.

Desai also revealed that the decision to sack Allardyce had been taken before Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Bolton: ‘It has been a long time in our minds. It is nothing against Sam but we have a different vision looking forward and we want the club to grow.’

The Venky chairwoman also confirmed that Steve Kean will continue as caretaker coach for the next couple of months as Blackburn look for a long-term replacement for Big Sam.

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