AN explosive letter written in late December by Blackburn Rovers’ deputy chief executive to club owner Anuradha Desai has revealed the true extent of the Ewood Park crisis.
Paul Hunt emailed a detailed document to club matriarch Mrs Desai stressing the need for change on December 21, two days after the Lancashire Telegraph called for Steve Kean to be sacked.
In a 10-point plan to save the club outlined in the letter, Hunt wrote of financial problems, the need to change the manager, and the loss of fans at an “alarming rate”.
He appealed for Venky’s to allow the executive - that they appointed - the authority to run the club after admitting he felt “impotent” by not being involved in major decisions. He made it clear in the letter he had been left feeling helpless at the club’s woes and requested more dialogue with India.
Now, with Rovers’ relegation fears confirmed by Monday night’s defeat to Wigan, the letter has been leaked sparking further fears for the club’s future.
In the letter Hunt begins by saying: “I have been your senior officer at the club for six months now and I feel that I must now write to you to ask you to make some significant changes to save the club, perhaps from relegation but also perhaps from administration.
“In twenty years of the Premier League there has only been one side that was bottom of the league at Christmas that has survived relegation at the end of the season.
“With the bank closing in, I fear that they will look to foreclose and have the potential to implement financial restrictions upon the club that could (as a worst case scenario) enforce administration.”
After urging the owners to appoint him as chief executive he writes of the need for Venky’s to invest in the club.
The letter confirms for the first time that Barclays Bank had asked for £10million to be put into the business and Hunt stresses the urgency of doing so.