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Filmed in the summer of 2012, Venky's — The Fall of Blackburn Rovers looks into how the former Premier League champions have declined so rapidly under Venky's ownership. The documentary highlights such issues as manager selection, ignorance in the owners' communication with the club and community, and the naivety and lack of footballing knowledge of the Venky's when seeking management advice. It is to be released this coming Monday via the Squashed Fox production company's YouTube channel.

Documentary director and producer Rishi Sikka, himself a Rovers fan, sought the views of a wide range of people on Venky's catastrophic management of the club and has interviewed members of the professional football world, the media, local and national government, and Blackburn Rovers fan groups. Former Rovers stars Derek Fazackerley and Simon Garner, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, journalists Nick Harris and Alan Nixon, and Rovers global advisor Shebby Singh are among those interviewed.

The Rao family, Blackburn Rovers' owners, were given every opportunity to take part in the documentary to give their side of the story, but they refused all offers. Venky's running of the Rovers from India has proven disastrous for the football club, yet the financial implications of their ruinous tenure is only one aspect of the story. The documentary reveals how their incompetence has wrecked the close-knit community that the club revolves around and has affected community–club relations, in some respects beyond repair.

With the continuing uncertainty surrounding the club, the man behind the project Rishi Sikka has decided it is time to release the documentary via the Internet to give the club's plight the broadest platform he feels it deserves: "If Venky's have any sense at all, they will watch this documentary, and if they have hearts, they should at least feel something."

The documentary is to be released on the Internet at 8pm on Monday, 27 May 2013, via the Squashed Fox production company's YouTube channel. A trailer is already available. Check out the links below.

Venky's - The Fall of Blackburn Rovers

Launch date: Monday, 27 May 2013, 8pm

Squashed Fox YouTube channel: http:///www.youtube.com/SquashedFoxLtd


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