Blackburn Rovers Purchased by Rao Family In £43m Deal

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Blackburn have been purchased by the Rao family from India for about £43m.
Under the deal, BBC Sport understands Rovers’ shares have been acquired for £23m with a debt in the region of £20m taken on by the new owners.
The trust set up by late former owner Jack Walker to own the club has sold its 99.9% holding to the newly formed company Venky’s London Limited.
Trust chairman Paul Egerton-Vernon said: “We’re very pleased to be passing on the Rovers to the Rao family.”
He continued: “We have been impressed with their enthusiasm and their plans and ideas for investment as well as their wish to preserve the legacy of Jack Walker.”
Venky’s chairman Anuradha J Desai said they were “delighted, proud and humbled to be associated with Blackburn Rovers”.
He added: “We will absolutely respect the Jack Walker legacy and will be actively supporting the organisation to ensure that Blackburn Rovers remains one of the best-run clubs within the Premier League.

“We are particularly pleased that the deal has the full support of the Walker Trust, the chairman and the management team, who will of course remain in place with our full support.”
The deal make Rovers the first Indian-owned Premier League club, and the new owners believe their experience of the Asian country means they will be able to open a huge new market for the Lancashire outfit. (BBC Sport)

There has been talk of this for some time and a deal has now been struck that sees control of the Lancashire club pass from the Walker family to the Rao family and whilst the deal won’t necessarily see the club “do a Man City” but new owners will surely inject a decent amount of cash early on so Sam Allardyce will no doubt have a decent chunk of change to use in January to help boost his Ewood Park side.

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