Senior resigns at Rovers

Paul Senior has resigned from his role as director of football and operations at Blackburn Rovers.

The announcement came from Ewood Park today less than 24 hours after Rovers were relegated to League One.

His departure came 123 days after he was appointed to the role. In a statement Blackburn Rovers said: “The club would like to thank Paul for his efforts and wish him well in his future endeavours.

“Paul would like to go on record by wishing Tony Mowbray, the club's loyal and hard-working staff and fantastic fans the very best good fortune going forward.”

Rovers dropped down into the third tier of English football for the first time since 1980 on Sunday.

Senior’s departure is understood to leave finance director Mike Cheston in control of affairs at Ewood Park.

The club and its owners Venky’s have yet to make a statement on the financial implications of relegation.

Part of Senior’s reported remit was to oversee recruitment. Commenting on the news on Twitter former Rovers striker Kevin Gallacher said it looked like the budget at the club had already been cut. He said: “What next? Playing staff, working staff.”

Announcing Senior’s appointment in January the club said: “Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Ewood Park, having previously worked for Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic in a number of strategic and recruitment roles during a near 30-year career in the professional football industry.

“A highly-regarded football individual, Paul will work closely with Rovers manager Owen Coyle and Director Mike Cheston to enhance operations both on and off the pitch.”

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live Gallacher also said Rovers owners needed to “wake up” following the relegation. He said: “They have not understood football, they’ve not understood the people of Blackburn.”