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Shebby Singh closer to Blackburn Rovers exit

Shebby Singh

Shebby Singh

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SHEBBY Singh’s days at Blackburn Rovers appear to be numbered with the club's global advisor taking a new job in Malaysia.

Singh, who has not been seen at Rovers since the end of last season, has been named team observer of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).

And with his Ewood Park contract expiring in September it seems highly unlikely he will have any future involvment in the running of Rovers.

However, the club would not comment on whether it is continuing to pay Singh his reported annual six-figure salary.

In his new role with JDT, the 53-year-old, who played for the Malaysia Super League outfit in the 1980s, will assist new new manager Bojan Hodak and existing chief coach Cesar Ferrando Jimenez.

Singh was appointed as Rovers’ global advisor by owners Venky’s in June 2012.

In the months immediately after his arrival the club, fresh from relegation from the Premier League, went on an extravagant spending spree.

Rovers spent millions of pounds on transfer and agents’ fees in deals for big-name players like Danny Murphy, Nuno Gomes, Leon Best and Dickson Etuhu as well as five Portuguese unknowns.

Rovers also had to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to the three managers they parted company with during the disastrous 2012-13 campaign, for which they posted a £36.5m loss.

But since Gary Bowyer took over as Rovers boss in May Singh has played no part in the running of Rovers.

Instead he returned to his work as a football pundit on Malaysian television.

Speaking in December Singh said: “I haven’t been involved with the club at all this season.

“I’ve been back in Malaysia since August because I have some business concerns that I need to look after.

“On top of that I want to spend time with my family and especially my son who just had ACL surgery.

“My bosses (Venky’s) are aware of my absence.

“I admit that the past year and a half haven’t been the best.

“I went to Blackburn Rovers to become their global advisor – and I’m still their global advisor – and it was a very challenging time for me.

“But I like to think the worst is over and things are going to pick up from now on.”


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