Blackburn chief admits: ‘We can’t keep unhappy players’

Blackburn Rovers face the prospect of losing seven first team players as they prepare for life in the Championship next season the Mirror reports.

Yakubu, Mauro Formica, Steven Nzonzi, Paul Robinson, Scott Dann, Gael Givet and Martin Olsson look set to follow Junior Hoilett out of the Ewood Park exit door after new global adviser Shebby Singh admitted ‘we can’t keep unhappy players’.

Hoilett departed on a free transfer following their demotion to the second tier of English football and has held talks with German side Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Indian owners Venkys initially declared that no senior players would be sold but Singh has stated that it is pointless trying to retain anyone that doesn’t want to stay and have a surplus of academy talent ready to make the step up.

“We don’t want to lose anyone but, under the circumstances, if there are players that we cannot hang on to then we will have to let them go. There is no doubt about that.

“We can’t keep unhappy players because by letting unhappy players go it will create more opportunities for the local players. I think the time has come now to reward the boys who have come through from the academy.

“Look at Jason Lowe. I don’t think Jason Lowe would have gotten a look in, now he is considered one of the senior players.

“We want to keep everyone, but if there is someone who is really, really unhappy we can’t have that. I think last season from the outside looking in, I think certain players were unhappy and that created a very, very bad atmosphere.”

Several Premier League clubs are thought to be circling over Rovers with centre back Dann rumoured to be on Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill’s transfer shortlist.

QPR and newly-promoted Reading have been linked with a move for top goalscorer Yakubu whilst Hoilett could yet remain in the top-flight with Arsenal still thought to be monitoring his situation.