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Blackburn officials fly to India for clear the air talks

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As reported in the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn Rovers directors Paul Agnew and Derek Shaw were  holding crisis talks with Venky’s in India as the club put any coaching appointments on hold.
 
Operations director Agnew and managing director Shaw flew out to Pune on Friday and are voicing their concerns about a range of issues at Rovers, including the role of global advisor Shebby Singh, as well as pleading for the appointment of an experienced manager.
 
Rovers sacked boss Henning Berg and his backroom staff on Thursday after only 57 days in charge and were set to appoint Kevin MacDonald and Judan Ali as coaches yesterday.
 
But adverse reaction from fans, together with the ongoing meetings in India, have made the club delay any appointments.
Blackburn Rovers are a club at war - with calls for global advisor Shebby Singh to go as their managerial search turns to farce.

Former TV pundit Singh has sacked Henning Berg just ten games after hiring him and is now looking for a successor with a faltering bid to land Kevin MacDonald.

Singh on Radio5 Live on Saturday night to answer questions from former Rovers favourite Robbie Savage and fans phoning the show. His answers were less than clear from a neutral's view although he did concede the club had sacked previous boss Steve Kean. Singh fell out badly with Kean who has just cost Rovers around £1.2 million by winning a legal fight for a settlement on his contract.

Kean cited interference in transfer matters by Singh and Mrs Desai settled for giving him a pay-off rather than going to court.

According to the Daily Mirror, Shaw - the former Preston chairman - feels Singh is making wrong and expensive decisions and asked to see Mrs Desai to voice his concerns.

It is a last-ditch attempt by Shaw to get some power at the club, backed by warnings that they face major financial peril if Singh carries on in charge.

Singh has also spent fortunes on agents fees for a handful of Portuguese players and sanctioned big-money salaries for record buy Jordan Rhodes and veteran captures Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu.

Blackburn are currently running at a loss of around £2 million a month, with Venkys down to pick up the tab for the free-spending regime.

Meanwhile, the chase for MacDonald has also been dogged by Singh’s intervention.

The Malaysian wants to bring unknown coach Judan Ali on to the staff along with the respected Scot.

MacDonald wants to bring in his own team and does not want to have Ali foisted on him.

The whole saga is as good as any Christmas panto at the moment.

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