Finally it seems that the media silence regarding Rovers possible takeover is being slowly lifted as it has emerged this morning that an Indian tycoon, Ashan Ali Syed, has targeted Rovers. Various media outlets report that Ali Syed, Head of the investment company Western Gulf Advisory, has promised to clear the club's Â£20 million debt and invest Â£300 million to sustain the club over a long period of time.
Supporters will welcome this news, regardless of whether a deal is done or not. The lack of information and transfer activity this summer has frustrated many but Chairman John Williams is a shrewd and competent negotiator and has always looked after the best interests of the club. Some supporters believe that the club is so well run with incredibly generous season ticket prices, that they are quite happy keeping the status quo as long as Rovers keep their head above water.
There is some merit in this argument. Rovers have not always enjoyed a 'love in' with their own fans, but recently with a much improved PR department, supporters are appreciating the efforts made off the field by the club. There is a togtherness at Ewood. There may be disagreements regarding Allardyce's tactics, but most fans are realistic to know that the side has been punching above its' weight for some time and have backed the players with their vocal support.
The club have in turn recognised the part played by the locals and have offered the 2nd lowest priced season tickets in the entire country. An obvious concern is if a new regime takes over then prices will increase, as has been the case at other clubs in a similar situation. I am sure John Williams will take this into account when entering in any negotiations.
The protracted takeover talks have meant a quieter than usual summer at Ewood. On a positive note, Rovers have kept hold of their prized assets and they are not the only club who haven't opened the wallet this Summer. Many teams in the Premier League have had to face up to the times we currently find ourselves in and have had to cut their cloth accordingly. But recent defeats to Huddersfield, Preston, Rangers and AEK Athens have highlighted the weaknesses in the squad and a massive area of concern is putting the ball in the net.
With Kalinic on the treatment table, there is even more of an onus to be placed on Jason Roberts. Jason has always given his all for the cause and nobody has ever doubted his commitment but he has never been prolific or consistent at Rovers. Some fans argue that the lack of ambition shown by the club is mirrored by the fact that he is almost certainly going to kick off the new season against Everton. If new investment is to be forthcoming, it is vital that a sizeable chunk of it is spent on a proven goalscorer.