David Dunn has hit out at Blackburn fans who have been routinely protesting against the club’s owners, Venkys, despite the fact the club is in a much worse position than when the Indians took over at Ewood Park.
Dunn has urged the club’s supporters to get behind the side instead of protesting, which could cause a bit of friction between himself and common Blackburn supporters who will feel very annoyed over the way the club has been run and treated this season.
“I hope the fans can somehow have some sympathy for the players and make it as easy as they can for us to play - Every fan is passionate about this club as are a lot of people on the playing side. Hopefully we can create an atmosphere that's good for us to go and get a positive result,” said Dunn in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
That’s much easier said than done because Blackburn fans have had to watch their side fall out of the Premier League, which is really where they belong, and endure a turnover of managers this season which outweighs the number of away wins the team has secured.
You could understand Dunn’s comments had Blackburn been in with a chance of going back into the Premier League via the play-offs but they look a million miles away from that point at the moment.
The club is in realistic danger of getting dragged into a relegation battle, which could see them drop into League One, an unthinkable sequence of events which could dramatically dent Blackburn over the next few years.
Venkys will always be blamed for the current position the club is in and the fact they have said they are digging in for the long haul is something, which Blackburn fans are free to realistically protest about.
They are to blame for the turnover of managers, which has stopped the club from achieving any sort of consistency this season, so fans are within their rights to protest at games, which are the best possible platform to get their opinions heard.
Dunn needs to back the common sense and realism that most of the club’s supporters have in the respect that they do turn up and support the team, even though few would blame them for staying at home at the moment.
It’s wrong of him to talk of supporters with a negative slant when he probably knows perfectly well that there are always going to be protests until Venkys are either gone or the club gets back into the Premier League.
Blackburn fans, what do you make of Dunn’s comments?
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