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.
“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:
@Rovers Very well put cheston
— Ben Gallagher (@ben_gally) May 8, 2017
@Rovers "Owners statement"…aye sureeeeeeeeeee
— Ben Wilkinson (@roversfan2001) May 8, 2017
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.