Blackburn Rovers’ owners, Venky’s, released a statement on Monday following the club’s relegation to League One.

The statement reads: “The Owners of Blackburn Rovers wish to place on record their appreciation for the work of manager Tony Mowbray since his arrival at the club, during which time both the performances of the team and results have improved significantly. Going forward he will continue to have our full support.

 “Despite the courageous performance by the players and the victory at Brentford yesterday, results elsewhere led to the relegation of the club from the Championship. This is indeed a very sad situation and we are deeply hurt by these events. We share the same feelings as our supporters.
 “Notwithstanding this temporary setback, we are confident that the collective efforts of the team, under Tony’s leadership, will enable the club to achieve promotion back to the Championship next season. The Owners and everyone at the club recognise and appreciate the solid backing of the supporters and thank them for this. We believe that such strong support will set us in good stead for the season ahead.
 “We have all witnessed the events of recent years, where teams have been relegated but have turned their clubs around and emerged stronger, and we are determined to see Blackburn Rovers do the same. Work has already begun to make this happen and we will be making every effort during the forthcoming season to give ourselves the best chance to achieve this goal.”
However, some fans suggested that the statement may not be as heartfelt as Venky’s make it out to be, pointing out that it bears a striking resemblance to a statement released in 2014.
Following a solid season under Gary Bowyer in 2014, Venky’s said: “Now that the season has ended, we would like to put on record our thanks to Gary Bowyer and the players for their hard work and dedication in what was a season of stability and one in which we could see real progress and promise for the future.

“You the fans, too, have played a huge part in that and we want to say a special thank you for the support and commitment you have once again shown to Blackburn Rovers. Many supporters have contacted us this season in recognition of the hard work and passion of the team and that has been welcomed.

“Our family is fully aware of how difficult the past few years have been for everyone who has affection for our great club, we are deeply sorry we haven’t, so far, been able to bring the success we all desire for Rovers.

“That said, our commitment has and will not waiver. We have learned some very valuable and costly lessons in our quest to make you, the fans, happy and proud of Rovers and the desire to achieve our mutual dream will benefit from that.”

The structure of the statement is very similar, with the wording and content not too different either.  This has led some fans to question whether the Venky’s even wrote the statement:

Last weekend’s relegation from the Championship is the club’s second since Venky’s took charge, and more could be on the way unless things change.

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